The SA Innovation Summit 2017 Competitions had great turn out with exceptional inventors, founders, industry experts and analysts all contributing towards the continued entrepreneurial development of South Africa.
The Inventors Garage provided insight into some of the country’s most innovative minds with impressive products ranging from bacteria filtration devices to insect repellents. The finalists presented their ingenious works to guests, media and potential investors in a rigorous schedule which culminated in the adjudication process that concluded on Day 2. The Winner, Solar Turtle, an innovative solution for the spaza shop market, was crowned at the Award Ceremony along with a cheque for R10 000.
The GCIP-SA Pitching Den served a number of high quality green-tech ideas. The finalists are part of the GCIP-SA Cleantech Programme and gave our judges some hard time deliberating on the eventual winner, which was Khepri Bioconversion Units by Bandile Dlabantu. Bandile Dlabantu, Clement Mokoenene with his Vehicle Energy Harvesting System, harvesting pressure from the road to generate renewable electricity (2nd) and Sara Andreotti (3rd) with her shark-safe barrier, an eco-friendly product to create a physical barrier to protect beach goers from large sharks, qualified to compete in the Chivas Pitching Den Competition on the 2nd day of the Summit.
The Chivas Venture Pitching Den provided the platform for Startups to fully fledge their entrepreneurial prowess in front of a panel of esteemed judges with the winner going through to the Grand Prize entry to the Start-up World Cup where they will pitch for $1 million as well as a host of numerous prizes. Participants came up one after the other delivering impeccable pitches for the grand prize as well as a whole host of other prizes. Our overall winner here, EmptyTrips, founded and pitched by Benji Coetzee was unanimous and she will be representing South Africa at the Start-up World Cup. The winner will also receive a complimentary license to the YueDiligence platform and sponsored IP services from Adams & Adams.
Finally, the FemBioBiz Accelerated programme featured 15 final pitches from BioFISA member states across Southern Africa.
The Tshwane University of Technology’s Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Science as well as Tissue Engineering and a regenerative medicine expert, won the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme Grand Prize of R250 000 and a trip to Slush 2017 in Finland to upscale her business and refine her ideas.
Thank you to all who participated for making the event a truly memorable one.