The Summit offers a range of opportunities to entrepreneurs to support their business growth through deal making, opening markets, connecting with potential collaborators and learning from the experts in their industry. This is achieved through pitching den competitions, showcasing opportunities for early stage entrepreneurs and business matching. Support from corporates and industry is essential to make this possible.
Representing Africa at the Fenox Venture Capital Startup World Cup competition in Silicon Valley
SA Innovation Summit has partnered once again with Fenox Venture Capital. As Regional Representative, the winner of the SA Innovation Summit Pitching Den qualifies to take part in the Grand Finale competition organised by Fenox VC in Silicon Valley.
Startup World Cup is an event organized by Fenox Venture Capital, dedicated to launching and advising the world’s next wave of leading entrepreneurs. Annual Startup World Cup winners can accelerate their ideas into reality with the help of 1 million USD in funding and global recognition.
Fennox VC provides more than just funding. They assist startups through strategic synergies and partnerships, paving the path for startups across the world. Working with Fenox means having the opportunity to organically grow your business and enter new markets.
R50 000 cash to the winner of the FemBioBiz Pitching Den Competition
Merck is partnering with the Innovation Summit SA to scout for startups in Southern Africa using technology to innovate in healthcare, life sciences and performance materials. Investment and collaboration with startups is not only a tremendous business opportunity for Merck, but also is part of our strategic innovation direction to identify innovative approaches at an early stage between & beyond our current businesses, and scale them to sustainable businesses. This prize is one of our several initiatives across Africa helping us to find startups that are innovative and ready for collaboration to shape the future together with us.
ABOUT THE MERCK ACCELERATOR
The Merck Accelerator program supports startups with the final objective of partnering up with them. We are looking for real partners so that we can work together in shaping the future. With programs in our headquarters in Germany, in China and our Satellites events in Africa, startups can find their perfect fit and connect to our global network for collaboration.
Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 53,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2017, Merck generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries.
IE Exponential Learning – Free enrollment in HIOPS course
Through live conference sessions, individual and small group sessions with faculty, and active forum participation, professors ensure they have more time with participants. This enhanced interaction, coupled with a dedicated program management team who will be with you every step of the way, help make our programs stand out while ensuring the maximization of participants’ learning.
IE Exponential Learning will be one of the prize sponsors of the Innovation Summit Main Pitching Den. One of the winners of the highly competitive pitch den will have the opportunity to enroll in one of our 5 HIOPS. Our portfolio of HIOPS includes courses such as:
IP Services to the value of R30 000 for the Inventors Garage and Pitching Den respectively
South Africa’s leading intellectual Property Law Firm, Adams & Adams, has for a second year in a row, joined as a legal and IP partner of the upcoming SA Innovation Summit in Cape Town, to be held from 12 – 14 September 2018. Adams & Adams, will be on hand to provide advice and assistance with regard to patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and trade secrets, non-disclosure documents (NDAs), Licensing and IP commercialisation. Adams & Adams sponsors pro-bono services to the value of R30 0000 undertaken towards prizes in the Inventors Garage and Pitching Den Competition respectively.