In this newsletter – May 2017
Find your Business Match
Meeting the right people to help you accelerate your business, finding businesses’ to invest in to grow your portfolio, finding research partners or fellow entrepreneurs to collaborate with, is often a time consuming task – and you might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack?
Entrepreneurs – at the SA Innovation Summit’s Match & Invest Business Lounge you can meet with investors, schedule meetings with Summit delegates and accelerate your ideas to a next level, or grow your investment portfolio by scheduling targeted meetings using our specialised business matching software. View delegates’ profiles, schedule and accept meetings with the click of a button and integrate it into your calendar, or ask our experienced business matching team to assist you in connecting with the right people.
Investors, use this opportunity to meet the cream of local and international tech entrepreneurs without doing lenghty searches and research. Connect with other investors and meet with CEO’s, business and thought leaders from across the world!
A delegate’s ticket gives you full access to the Match & Invest online platform and lounge.
Meet some of our speakers
For the past 10 years, the SA Innovation Summit has brought you thought leaders from across the world. We are celebrating our 10th year with a carefully selected range of speakers that will provide you with the tools and knowledge to grow your business, inspire you, take your product to a next level and introduce you to the cream of the tech entrepreneurs locally and internationally. Carefully curated streams (Edutech, Fintech, Agritech, Cities of the Future, Spacetech and Biotech) will ensure that your attendance at the Summit provides you with valuable insights and important tools in your area of interest and will not only shape the South African National System of Innovation, but will make you part of the Innovation Revolution.
Sabeen Ali: Founder & CEO: AngelHack
Sabeen Ali is Founder and CEO of AngelHack, female-owned and majority female-operated company that organizes hackathons and accelerates early-stage startups from around the world. Her most recent award received includes Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation award.
Ran Neu-Ner: Group co-CEO: The Creative Counsel
Investor, businessman and group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel (TCC) is a born entrepreneur and strategist.
In 2016 he received Top Performing Business Leader at the National Business Awards and EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award for 2016 in the Exceptional category.
Janneke Niessen: Entrepreneur: Inspiring Fifty
Serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital.
Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016.
Speakers are continuously updated on our website and the programme will be published in the coming weeks.
The Summit is passionate about supporting angel investment on the continent. If you want to explore the investment space and share our passion for investing in startups, we will provide you with the tools and training through our new Angel Investment Syndicate. Our first two training sessions, Investing for Women, held in Cape Town and Johannesburg, highlighted the need for information and support in this sector. Contact email@example.com to connect or receive more information about this initiative.
Take your Innovation to the Market
Use the SA Innovation Summit to position your invention in the market. The best invention gets R5 000 cash – determined by public vote on our Facebook page. With close to 11 000 Facebook followers, you will have an instant audience. Finalists in this competition aimed at inventors in early stage development with prototypes, will get an opportunity to exhibit their products / inventions in our Inventors Garage on 6 and 7 September.
If you are a serious startup and you want to go beyond a one-one one meeting, enter the Pitching Den competition and stand a chance to take your business straight to Silicon Valley. Finalists will get extended media exposure and exciting networking opportunities with enablers and sponsors.
The deadline for submissions for both competitions is 9 July 2017 and finalists will participate in the Summit on 6 and 7 September in Cape Town. All finalists will receive complementary tickets to attend the Summit but travel and accommodation costs to the event is for your own account.
Discover the Cape Town Startup Ecosystem
To experience and connect with the Cape Town Start-up and Tech Ecosystem the Summit embarks on its first ecosystem tours, giving delegates the opportunity to attend workshops and meet with key roleplayers at various startup, tech, funding and accelerator institutions in and around Cape Town.
Six tours in total, will depart in the morning from the Cape Town stadium, exploring the startup and design scene in Cape Town along the same thematic tracks played out in during the Summit. Typical stops would include examples of visiting co-working spaces in and around Cape Town, exploring best startup practises (e.g. meeting with Fintech entrepreneurs at Techstars), universities etc.
The tours will depart at 8:30 from the Cape Town Stadium, will include a minimum of 3 stops and participants will receive a light lunch and refreshments during the day. Busses will return to the Stadium around 17:00. Tickets for delegates are available at R350 and can be purchased when purchasing your delegate’s ticket.
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