The SA Innovation Summit believes that entrepreneurship is the biggest opportunity in our lifetime, and the most important way that Africa can come to its full potential and develop and deliver products and services that stand out, are credible and are inspired from the continent. It is a David against Goliath story, and it is time to take Africa to the World! It will take courage, vision and ingenuity. The lion is waking up and Africa is rising.
We do this through:
- Establishing Techtribes: We create an enabling environment for the Tech Entrepreneur by connecting cross cutting technologies, coders and enabling organisations through discussions, visualisation, education, research and events;
- Promoting an inclusive and impactful Agenda: We aim to challenge and inspire conversations around the impact on our collective environments, both physical and social, and identifying how we can effect meaningful change.
- Accelerating innovations from idea to scale: We bring the African entrepreneurial ecosystem (Funders, Founders, Accelerators, Corporates, and Policy makers and Academia) from across the world together to connect and accelerate ecosystem outcomes which can support the scaling and replication of innovations. Read more…
An Inspirational programme that opens you up for new ideas, new knowledge, new networks and deal making. Whether you are a business thinking about New Venturing, an Entrepreneur, an Investor or an enabler there will be tools and models that you can use to expand your work.
Digitalization and the Fourth Industrial revolution will set the scene. It’s all about integration of different technologies in one solution. The summit will unpack how this is done and what we need to take into account.
Various panels and showcases and master classes will take you into: Deep learning, Artificial Intelligence, Disruption of your industry, Acceleration of your business, Social impact. The areas we focus on is Fintech, Edutech, Agritech, Biotech, Cities of the Future as well as Big data. In between these areas lies a vast space of unexpected connections that is your challenge to connect, create and commercialise. The summit provide space to do this in action.
Building regional trade Between Entrepreneurs: Trading in Africa and with the world: Various delegations and investors and tech entrepreneurs form Across Africa will attend and participate. 25 + countries expected and 80+ investors expected at SAIS2018 700+ tech entrepreneurs expected, 200+ corporates expected, 1500 attendees expected. The Southern African Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) regional programme will host their summit within the programme and focus on inclusive innovation.
Acceleration (from idea to market): Linking expertise, funding and entrepreneurs is the heart of the Summit’s acceleration work. Various platforms such as the Inventors Garage, Pitching dens and the Match and Invest platform that opens 3 weeks before the summit.
Corporate venturing, trading with and investing in SMMEs: CEO panel discussion, Supply chain integration debates, Corporate Venturing and Futures thinking. Participate, learn, create and look for opportunities
Funding and the growth of the VC market: SAVCA hosts panel discussions and a VC cocktail function. Be part of the change in this space by connecting, lobbying, sharing and learning.
Social Innovation: How do we create greater impact through thinking impact investing and social capital? We create the platform to be inspired by the good that social entreprneurs are doing! Meet 100 social innovators from Activate.
The Entrepreneurial University: A panel debate and our volunteer programme supports this work. Be part of the system.
Artificial Intelligence and deep learning: Infuse your business with machine learning and Artificial intelligence by brainstorming with the geeks or learn from the disrupt series or help to build the capacity by attending the panel discussions.
Blockchain: create new opportunities in your existing business by using blockchain. A full day master class.
The opportunity for entrepreneurs and corporates is to make cross industry connections and expand their own opportunities. Industry discussions in Agritech, Biotech, Edutech, Fintech, Cities of the Future and Big Data
Integration and measurement of success: You get an opportunity to plot your project and Commitments on the James Dunro painting for the year as well as ANDE map for the entrepreneurial eco system. Help build this space and we will show- case and track your success.
Eco system Tours on 14 September and Deep Dive Masterclasses
- Eco System tours on the third Day: A Biotech Bus, A Cities of the Future Bus, A Edutech Bus and a Social Innovation Bus secured
- Blue print for Disruption design Thinking
- Market fit masterclass
- Futures thinking master class
Innovators, Technology Transfer Offices, Corporates Launching New Products, App Developers, Universities, Students, Research Institutes!
This year, we are declaring to the world that Africa’s Time has Come! Apart from our core Summit programme, we want to showcase the coolest and most innovative technologies from South Africa, the region, the continent and the world and we invite you to participate!
The SA Innovation Summit provides a fantastic opportunity for national and international technology-based companies, technology entrepreneurs, investors, financiers and other technology commercialisation partners to access the latest and best technology offerings from South Africa’s universities, science councils, companies supported by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and other government and private sector commercialisation support organisations.
Applications for Volunteers at SA Innovation Summit 2018 NOW OPEN
AT THE INNOVATION SUMMIT
The highlights video for the 10th SA Innovation Summit at the Cape Town Stadium on 6 – 8 September 2017. We believe that entrepreneurship is the biggest opportunity in our lifetime. This video is produced by 2MC Creative Solutions.
Henley Business School is the annual education partner for the Innovation Summit. Puleng Makhoalibe, Head of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School reflects on their participation in 2016.
SABC Digital News – Summit 2017
2017’s SA Innovation Summit is set to inspire and challenge innovators to come up with solutions that have a positive social and economic impact. It’s taking place at the Cape Town Stadium for the next three days.
Kyknet Winslyn: SA Innovation Summit 2017
mLab Geekulcha interview SA Innovation Summit City Of Tshwane
Geekulcha presenter Mixo interviews Zukiswa Ncunyana from the City Of Tshwane on their involvement in the local innovation ecosystem and the SA Innovation Summit (2016)
South Africa’s latest & greatest innovations & inventions will be showcased at the SA Innovation Summit taking place at the Cape Town Stadium from today until the 29th of August. (2015)
Expresso Show (2015)
South Africa’s latest & greatest innovations & inventions will be showcased at the SA Innovation Summit taking place at the Cape Town Stadium from today until the 29th of August.
SABC Education has partnered with the SA Innovation Summit for 2016. This event promises to be a crucial tool to inspire sustained economic growth by creating support, promoting innovation and facilitating collaboration.
Kyknet Winslyn at the SA Innovation Summit in 2016