The SA Innovation Summit has grown into a premier event on the annual South African Innovation Calendar. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration among multi-helix actors, the SA Innovation Summit is a crucial tool to inspire sustained economic growth. The outcomes achieved by the Summit, amplify and revive South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and it is a powerful tool to bring together thought leaders learnt, and connect with peers. Participate in the SA Innovation Summit to rub shoulders with prominent Innovation Practitioners!
What does the SA Innovation Summit seek to do?
- Collaborate with government, academia and industry to build a South African system for innovation on a practical level.
- Encourage mutually beneficial deal-making between innovators and investors.
- Provide a platform where innovators can participate, grow their know-how and connections, and make their ideas come to life.
A decade in the making
The first Summit was held in 2008, and attended by around 80 people. Over the past ten years, it has grown into a premier event on the South African innovation calendar. Since its inception, the Summit has helped more than 500+ entrepreneurs and innovators bring their products to market over the years, and facilitated deal making between numerous corporates and inventors.
In 2016 the theme for the Summit was Accelerate-Innovate-Ignite. What this meant was that we were looking beyond great ideas; we were interested in how great ideas become innovations and how these innovations can be accelerated to reach the market for social, environmental and/or financial impact. The Summit provided the tools, knowledge, networking and funding opportunities, competitions, discussions and introductions necessary to help take innovations from idea to market.