Summit 2022

ABOUT

SA INNOVATION SUMMIT PRESENTS:
INNOVATION GOES VIRAL

The only conference where you can connect with the entire entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem on one platform.

27 – 29 September 2022

Main Venue: The Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town

& Online

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Hours
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The SA Innovation Summit is back in-person and online for 2022,  and celebrating 15 years as the continent’s largest and most influential tech start-up event.

SAIS2022 will be a constellation of events happening all around Cape Town culminating in a wealth of industry and theme-specific gatherings to bring a new SAIS experience to the City of Cape Town.

It will be a week filled with INNOVATION!

INNOVATION WEEK

SA INNOVATION SUMMIT

27 – 28 SEPTEMBER 2022

IN-PERSON @ OLD BISCUIT MILL
& ONLINE

29 SEPTEMBER 2022

FOUNDERS DAY @ INNOVATION CITY
& ONLINE

MORE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

The main event will kick off on the 27th September and will be in-person and online for the 27th and 28th September. 29 September the programme will continue with a Founders Day @ Innovation City. 

Side events differ in form, venue and theme and will take place throughout the week.

26 September
Build-Up Day

Pitching workshop (closed event)

Early Stage Investor Meet-up (invite only)

Von Seidels VIP Networking event (invite only)

27 September
SAIS2022 Day 1

In-Person @Old Biscuit Mill & Online

PLUS:

Newtown Corporate Venture Capital Lunch (Invite only)

Finland Cocktail and Book
launch (open to SAIS delegates)

28 September
SAIS2022 DAY 2

In-Person @ Old Biscuit Mill & Online

PLUS:

NFT Auction & Award Ceremony sponsored by Newtown Partners (open to SAIS delegates)

Not part of SAIS2022?  Auction tickets can be purchased individually here

29 September
Founders day @ innovation city

In-Person & Online 

 

Other Side Events (free to SAIS delegates, registration required):

Our key streams for this year

Viral tech

We will go deep into the Blockchain world by bringing an NFT auction to light and inviting partners from around the world to build with us and explore the trending technologies and innovations reshaping our world.

Founders toolkit

We will bring modern Toolkits to the founder… masterclasses and panel discussions on practical takeouts for founders to scale their businesses, ride the trends and adapt to thrive.

Start-up to unicorn

We tackle how ecosystems can support the impact of great new ideas, share the secrets on how to make unicorns in Africa and take a look at how corporates and start-ups develop the economy. Heads of business will share their insights into how to deal with technology and innovation from the outside-in, working with innovative start-ups, incubation and acceleration programmes and creating venture capital funds. Building portfolios with meaningful impact.

What to Expect?

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION

See the genius and bravery of the most innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs in the various Pitching Dens and Inventors garage.

CONNECTION

CONNECTION

Our business matching platform allows entrepreneurs to meet up with investors, find collaborative partners and the exploration of new markets through productive meetings scheduled across two days.

LEARNING

LEARNING

Gain a more insightful learning experience by attending workshops, masterclasses, networking with more than 1500 delegates allowing an inspiration by the change of scenery and ideas being shared. High level engagement through debates, brainstorming and the sharing of ideas with thought leaders, industry experts, academia, decision makers and peers.

SHOWCASING

SHOWCASING

Top talent, tech, innovation and trends are showcased to create an amazing event experience!

TICKET SALES NOW OPEN!

We spread the good news virus of innovation on the continent by celebrating success, showcasing start-up talent, matching talent with finance and knowledge, and creating toolkits and networks at the 2022 SA Innovation Summit.

SAIS will provide you with countless opportunities pre-, during and post-event, to share brilliant ideas, showcase your solutions and products and develop relationships with the people on the event floor, online and through our vast networking opportunities.

WHAT SAIS WILL OFFER

Funders

  • Venture Capitalist
  • PE
  • Angel Investors
  • Limited Partners
  • Family Wealth Offices
  • DFI’s
  • Philanthropists

Our investor track is designed to put you in front of the people that matter, from visionary young
founders to fellow VC’s, and every CEO, politician and programmer in between.

We help you:

  • Build valuable and enduring connections
  • Find the best pipeline for early stage investing in Africa
  • Hedge your risk by collaborating with other investors
  • Raise funding for your fund through corporates and other fund of fund

Founders

  • Founders of tech start-ups
  • Co-founders
  • Entrepreneurs! Those who have made it and those you will still get there!

WE ARE ENTREPRENEURS THAT STAND FOR ALL ENTREPRENEURS TO BE
PROFITABLE, SCALABLE AND CAPABLE!


At the heart of the SA Innovation Summit is the tech entrepreneur and this is evident in the
entrepreneurial competitions, demo days, pitch battles that form part of the Summit event
programme. Africa is earmarked as fertile ground for start-up investments.

  • STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME
    The event program offers the latest know-how and industry trends in business through key
    players from the fastest growing companies on the continent sharing their tools and tactics on
    stage.
  • FIND INSPIRATION
    Although our program is designed to be packed with hands-on advice, it’s hard to leave the
    Summit without being inspired. We delve into stories from founders and operators who’ve been
    there and back again as well as the prominent figures that are shaping the day after tomorrow of
    tech.
  • NETWORK & CONNECT
    The Summit brings the networking game to a whole new level by gathering the entire
    entrepreneurial ecosystem in one location and connecting them through a myriad of ways. Just
    go ahead and pick from your preferred form of mingling: casual meet-ups through the Match &
    Invest, industry-specific side events, parties, and so much more.

Ecosystem builders

  • Hubs
  • Accelerators
  • Innovation Collectives
  • Business Chambers
  • Government
  • Research Institutions
  • ESD Programs
  • Media

The African entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem is fragmented and there are hundreds of people building ecosystems in different ways. Let’s bring together builders of entrepreneurial
ecosystems to collaboratively create tools, resources and knowledge to better support communities that empower makers, doers and dreamers

  • PUT RELATIONSHIPS TO ACTION
  • PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING
  • CO-CREATION

BE INSPIRED

DEVELOP SKILLS

CONNECT & NETWORK

2022 Sponsors & Partners

2022 speakers

MEET SOME OF OUR speakers

Merelda Wu

Melio AI: Co-Founder & CEO

Prof Mthunzi Mdwaba

TZoro Strategic Advisory & TZoro IBC: Founder & CEO

KK Diaz

A-Game Business: CEO

Tim Mitchell

Flux Labs: Head of Digital Transformation

THE FULL RUN DOWN

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