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Founder: Jozi Angels

Abu Cassim


An entrepreneur and an investor, Abu is founder of Jozi Angels, a network of angel investors based in Johannesburg. There are 29 investors in the network and together they have made a combined 44 early stage investments. Abu has previously started a number of other companies, including Ground Flr an online platform that he scaled to 37 countries.

Abu also has an MBA from Europe’s top business school (FT Rankings) and prior to that spent almost ten years in asset management, including a five year stint in Dubai. He was born and brought up in Johannesburg but has also lived in Madrid, Spain. His mindset has been shaped by his diverse experiences and he brings a global perspective to the work he is doing in the startup space.”

Director of Strategy: Afrilabs

Nekesa Were


Nekesa is the Director of Strategy at AfriLabs, a Pan African network of 225 hubs across 47 African countries. She leads the design and implementation of AfriLabs’ strategy to elevate innovators across the African continent.

Nekesa has worked at the heart of the tech and innovation ecosystem in Kenya and in Africa for 10 years, 8 of which were with iHub, Kenya’s leading innovation hub. She has more than 15 years of experience in leadership, human resource management, operations, and communications.

She provides leadership across Africa’s innovation ecosystem by serving on the boards of Creatives Garage a multi-disciplinary space for artistes, the Africa Tech and Creatives Group, a grassroots movement working to ensure that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area works for startups and small African businesses, and Missing Child Ke, a community-led portal that works with organizations and individuals in the child protection sector and the public to help share information on missing children using various media platforms and increase search efforts at no cost to the affected families.

Senior Account Manager: Industrial Development Corporation

Sooko Mafohla


Sooko Mafohla joined the IDC in 2012 after a long career in the ICT sector in South Africa and abroad. He has held various positions in technology development and commercialisation funding. As the Senior Account Manager: Khoebo Innovation Promotion Programme (KIPP), he is responsible for finding and assisting grassroots innovators and other startups to commercialese their locally developed products and services. Sook is also a member of the SPII and THRIP adjudication committees at the dtic.


Evan Courie

Group Editor: Bizcommunity


With over 8 years of experience working in the online news landscape, Evan-Lee Courie is a group editor at one of South Africa’s largest B2B news platforms,

He holds a BA in English Literature and Communication Science at Unisa.
Evan specialises in creating content across industries including ICT.
He is the head of content for Entrepreneurship News at Bizcommunity, with the goal of making it the number one go-to platform for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs in Africa.


A highlight of the SA Innovation Summit that allows innovators, inventors and unique creative thinker to showcase their innovative talent. The Inventors Garage is an opportunity for entrepreneurs with a working prototype or product from proven concept to pre-commercialisation to gain access to funding or incubation, market exposure and business support.

Finalists are awarded an opportunity to exhibit their invention, prototype or design at the virtual edition of the SA Innovation Summit 2020.



A first round of evaluation will be done to screen submissions for VALIDITY and FEASIBILITY based on the information submitted.  A second round of judging will select the top 20 submissions to go through to the Summit. The top 20 semi-finalists selected will be notified by the end of July and will be invited to exhibit at the SA Innovation Summit between 30 September & 1 October where the final round of judging will take place, based on the following criteria: 


Is your invention one of a kind?


Is there a market for your invention?


Is there further growth potential?


Does it really work?


What have you done differently along the innovation route?


A tribute to the spirit of innovation and the work of dedicated inventors whose pioneering inventions provide answers to some of the biggest challenges of our times. 

No fees are required to submit an application. The Top 20 inventors invited to exhibit at the virtual edition of the SA Innovation Summit will receive complimentary tickets.   

To enter the competition, submit your entry below. Remember to upload the photos of your invention (5 MB maximum) and vie for cash prizes, media exposure and promotion, networking opportunities with enablers and sponsors, and more! 


The Inventors Garage Competition has been opened for entries from South Africans and the rest of Africa, and all entries will be seen on public platforms. You are therefore advised not to submit any information deemed to be confidential. By entering the competition, you confirm that you are the rightful proprietor of any Intellectual Property underlying the invention and that you are entitled to disclose the invention to the public. 

Entering the competition will result in the posting of your innovation on the official SA Innovation Summit Facebook Page, and the subsequent exhibition thereof at the SA Innovation Summit will constitute a public disclosure which may preclude you from obtaining patent and/or design protection for your innovation. 

Innovators are therefore advised to take the necessary steps to protect their Intellectual Property before such disclosure. 

  •  Only entries received via the SA Innovation Summit website will be accepted.
  • Please ensure that the photo of your invention is in JPEG format and does not exceed 5MB.
  • The SA Innovation Summit reserves the right, by its sole discretion, not to accept entries or to disqualify entries at any stage should it transpire that such entries have been made by illegitimate, suspicious, and/or unqualified participants.
  • Winners will be chosen by a qualified appointed judging panel. The judging panel’s decision is final.
  • The SA Innovation Summit reserves the right to use the images entered for promotional and marketing purposes.
  • The SA Innovation Summit reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at its sole discretion.
  • For any competition inquiries, please email us at
  • Please note that the information contained in your submission is not confidential and not protected. You are therefore advised not to submit any information deemed to be confidential.
  • All participants will be informed of the outcome of the results after the closing date.
  • Finalists will receive a complimentary delegate ticket to the SA Innovation Summit.
  • This competition closes on 30 June 2020.


  • The SA Innovation Summit Inventors Garage Facebook competition is a competition that runs on the Facebook platform alongside the actual competition as a build up to the Summit event in September.
  • Entries into the SA Innovation Summit Inventors Garage competition will be automatically entered into the Inventors Garage Facebook Competition.
  • The winner is based on the number of ‘likes, reactions and shares’ an invention profiled on the SA Innovation Summit Facebook page has generated.
  • Once the Inventors Garage Facebook Competition is launched on Facebook, each day two inventions will be profiled on Facebook. It is imperative that the inventor submits his/her Facebook handle on submission of entry so that the correct handle can be tagged when the invention is being profiled.
  • The winner will walk away with R5000 in cash.
  • This is strictly a Facebook Competition and does not imply that all the inventions profiled are automatically finalists in the main event taking place at #SAIS2020 in September.
  • This competition will run from 1 May until the end of July 2020 and thereafter the results will be announced.
  • The official announcement and prize handover will be made at the Summit event in September, Cape Town.