day 1

8:30 - 9:45
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
OPENING: Africa’s Innovation Frontier

Embracing the Power of Innovation to Transform Africa’s Future

SAIS’23’s opening ceremony blends innovation and culture seamlessly, featuring captivating performances, along with insightful talks by distinguished keynote speakers. The ceremony sets the stage for days of exploration and collaboration to shape a brighter future for Africa and beyond.

Speakers / Judges
Patrick Krappie
Technology Innovation Agency
Acting CEO
james vos
Alderman James Vos
City of Cape Town
Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Growth
Rapelang Rabana
Rekindle Learning
Founder
9:50 - 10:45
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
THINK TANK: Redefining Industry and Job Creation in the Exponential Tech Boom
The digital industrialisation is firing up the African innovation economy and what tomorrow’s jobs mean

In an era defined by exponential technologies that are reshaping industries and transforming the way we work and live, it is crucial to assess Africa’s position in this global landscape. Traditionally, industrialization has been a catalyst for economic prosperity and job creation. However, in the face of disruptive technologies, we must redefine our approach to funding and innovation to harness the opportunities they present. We will explore Africa’s unique potential and discuss strategies to leverage creative tech ecosystems as powerhouses for future employment and economic growth. 

Speakers / Judges
mthunzi mdwaba
Mthunzi Mdwaba
TZoro
CEO and Founder
Celina Lee
Zindi
CEO
tseliso mohlomi
Tseliso Mohlomi
TUT Future of Work
Senior Director
Catherine Wijnberg
Fetola
CEO and Founder
Asnath Mahapa
Mountain Reach Technologies
Airline Pilot
Wrenelle Stander
Wesgro
CEO
10:15 - 10:25
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
OPENING OF VENTURE STAGE

Our esteemed partner for the Venture Stage, Sage, is poised to set the stage aglow, paving the way for a series of inspiring pitches that are about to unfold.

Speakers / Judges
Mduduzi Dladla
Sage
Accountant Ambassador
10:00 - 10:50
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
WORKSHOP: Make It Stick
Building Your Brand and Story

Whether you’re pitching your business to investors or convincing your partner to do the dishes, the ability to persuade is paramount to making your vision of the future come to life. This workshop provides the knowledge, skills and tools to create engaging, convincing, and memorable narratives so that you may express yourself effectively, share your creativity with the world, and inspire positive change.

Speakers / Judges
abby stern
Abby Stern
Holocene
Venture Principal
joshua romisher
Joshua Romisher
CEO
Holocene
10:00 - 11:10
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
SHOWCASE: TechTribe Portfolio

Explore some of the impressive startups from TechTribe Accelerator’s cohorts, showcasing their innovation and potential.

These startups include: Kombuta, Pheko PM Group, Mapha and Abiri

Speakers / Judges
yusuf mahomed
Yusuf Mahomedy
Chart Your Path
Founder
Ayanda Siboto
Informally Digital
Managing Director
Nonkululeko Shongwe
TIA
Programme Manager
10:50 - 11:15
Main Stage
September 27, 2023
KEYNOTE: The Generative AI buzz, for the best and the worst!
Exploring the Potential and Challenges of Generative AI in Diverse Industries

Generative AI allows the creation of diverse content. It has applications across entertainment, education, healthcare, and several business sectors, enabling new forms of creativity, increasing productivity and problem-solving. However, challenges like data quality, privacy, security, and ethical concerns persist.

Speakers / Judges
Nicolas Dianco
Echangeur by BNP Paribas PF
Tech Trends Manager
10:55 - 11:05
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: Building the Sky of Tomorrow
The Journey and Vision of AutonoSky

Embark on a journey through our evolutionary path, marked by moments of triumph and trials, shaping us into who we are today. Discover the challenges we’ve encountered and witness how they’ve been transformed into unprecedented opportunities. Yet, amidst it all, the focal point remains the vision for the future—a sky teeming with boundless potential and groundbreaking innovation. In an era where technology is in constant flux, we firmly believe that the sky is not a boundary, but a gateway to uncharted possibilities

Speakers / Judges
Amit Ramdath
AutonoSky
Founder and CEO
11:10 - 11:50
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
MASTERCLASS: What I’ve learnt So Far About Advertising Online
Online Advertising Insights: Lessons from the Journey

When I started my first business after 15 years in the advertising industry, I thought it was going to be easy. I had the experience and the contacts to drive online sales from day one. But like all things in life, it wasn’t that easy. In this session, I’ll talk about all the things that worked for us in the last 3 years. We are still learning and we still have a lot to grow, but if I can share some lessons I learned, you don’t have to carry the scars.

Speakers / Judges
Michelle Geere
Adbot
CEO
11:15 - 12:10
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
SHOWCASE: Brazil

Brazilian innovation meets global opportunities, powered by Instituto Jovem Exportador and the Technology Innovation Agency

These startups include: Atlantis Technologies, Ideia Space, BR.ino Robotica Educacional, Ver o Fruto and Hidromel Urucun

Speakers / Judges
Donovan Bell
Silvertree Consultants
Founder
sibusiso msomi
Sibusiso Msomi
The Sales Enablement Company
Managing Director
11:20 - 12:10
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
THINK TANK: Energy is Everything
Empowering South African Start-Ups for Economic Growth, Climate Resilience, and the Just Energy Transition

Explore South African start-ups in the just energy transition. Learn how a low-carbon economy fosters growth, jobs, and energy security while fighting climate change. Discover the 2023-2027 Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET IP) backing South Africa’s decarbonization and global green economy. Unleash start-up potential in EVs, green hydrogen, renewables, and manufacturing. Act on our commitments to tackle today’s challenge.

Speakers / Judges
Nee-Joo Teh
KTN Global Alliance
Head
pravashen naidoo
Pravashen Naidoo
Ewaste Africa
Founder and Managing Director
joshua romisher
Joshua Romisher
Holocene
CEO
Shakira Akbar
P4G Partnerships
Country Manager
Daya Naidoo
Technology Innovation Agency
Head of Business Unit: Natural Resources/ Energy
Belvana Abeli
Wesgro
Green Economy Investment Portfolio Manager
11:55 - 12:05
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: Innovation Through Problem Solving
Implementing Design Thinking to Drive Innovation

Humans are natural problem solvers and our greatest innovations have come from people seeking to overcome a challenge or meet a specific objective. In a world that is always looking for the next innovative idea, a robust Design Thinking led approach can enable teams to generate truly meaningful and innovative solutions that have a real human impact.

Speakers / Judges
Matthew Wate
Human Insights
Head of Client Solutions and Innovation
12:10 - 12:55
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
WORKSHOP: Navigating the Ecosystem
Unraveling the Layers of Understanding and Identifying Your Position

In this interactive workshop, we will center our attention on the entrepreneur, assisting them in recognizing their position within these layers of understanding. Our aim is to guide them in navigating through these layers, ultimately leading them toward the breakthrough needed to establish a sustainable and innovative business. 

Speakers / Judges
Bennie Anderson
Da Vinci Institute
Chair
Henra Mayer
Innocentrix
CEO
Paseka Lesolang
WHC
CEO
Talifhani Banks
AnalyticsX
Group CEO
12:15 - 13:05
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
THINK TANK: A Year in Review of Unlocking South African Innovation
Case Studies from the Innovation Fund: Purposeful Capital Deployment and its Impact on Development

Join us as we delve deep into the progress of the Innovation Fund over the past year. Through a series of insightful case studies, we’ll explore how the fund has been instrumental in fostering the growth of tech solutions across various sectors in South Africa. Discover how purposeful capital deployment is not just about funding tech innovation and commercialisation in high-risk technology, but about driving socio-economic development, addressing Africa’s pressing challenges, and empowering innovators to make a difference. 

Speakers / Judges
buntu majaja
Buntu Majaja
SA Innovation Summit
CEO
Koni Rashamuse
Department of Science and Innovation
Chief Director: Innovation Priorities and Instruments
Lindsay Petersen
Mediclinic Precise
COO
Tishanya Naidoo
27Four
Principal
Tasneem Karodia
NewForm Foods
Co-Founder and COO
Luyolo Sijake
Qwili
Founder
Zane Stenning
MIA Health
Co-Founder
12:15 - 13:30
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
SHOWCASE: Anza-Grindstone Portfolio

Empowering the next wave of innovation and growth with the strategic backing of Anza Capital and Grindstone Ventures, we’re on a mission to redefine industries and create a brighter tomorrow.

These startups include: LocumBase, AgriLogiq, WISI-Oi Marketplace, Locstat, Tailorblend, NewForm Foods, Impulse Biomedical

Speakers / Judges
Van-Lee Gunyere
Anza Capital
Chief Investment Officer
Thaheer Mullins
Savant
Partner
Nonceba Qabazi
Grindstone
Programme Director
Vuyisa Qabaka
Hybr Group
Partner
13:00 - 13:45
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Why Your Marketing is Not Working and How To Fix It for Greater Results
Reset for Customer Growth and Revenue Boost

It’s time to hit the “reset” button and create a new path to getting more customers and increasing your revenue. A great majority of companies will continue to miss their marketing and sales targets because of using outdated and ineffective methods. To succeed in the digital age, you need to implement the new ways that accommodate how customers discover, purchase, and engage with products and services. Join us and learn proven strategies on how you too can adapt to the new ways of digital marketing and sales to help you win more customers’ hearts and wallets. PLUS: Stand a chance to WIN prizes!

Speakers / Judges
kk diaz
KK Diaz
A-Game Business
CEO
13:50 - 14:00
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: From Scrappy to Post Revenue

How to build from scrappy to revenue.

The Art of the pivot.

Building a rocket team.

Many ways to skin the sales cat.

Speakers / Judges
Zanele Matome
Welo Health
Founder
13:10 - 13:40
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
FIRESIDE CHAT: Leverage Startups to Diversify African Economies
Empowering African Economies

In today’s gathering, we aim to shed light on the pivotal role that startups play in diversifying African economies. As we explore this topic, we will discuss the current economic landscape in Africa, the significance of startups in driving diversification, and key strategies for leveraging this potential. Our goal is to equip our speakers with valuable insights and data to engage the audience effectively

Speakers / Judges
Dino Ballotti
Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board
MSME Development, Innovation & Acceleration
Linda McLeod
Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board
Startup and Scale
Christina von Doderer
Business Financial Solutions
Chief Investment Officer
Kristofine Ekandjo
Tulande Online
Founder
Boris Urban
University of the Witwatersrand
Professor
13:35 - 14:10
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
SHOWCASE: Tsiba Academy

Join us for an exclusive glimpse into the innovative world of Tsiba Academy as we present three of their promising startups. Get ready to be inspired by their groundbreaking ideas, entrepreneurial spirit, and the future they are shaping!

These startups include: Rentoza, Ubiquity AI and Loop Taxi

Speakers / Judges
will green
Will Green
Co.Lab
Founder and CEO
marisa naidoo
Marisa Naidoo
Innovate UK KTN
South Africa Country Lead
Talifhani Banks
Analytics Advertising - Africa
CEO
14:00 - 14:55
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
THINK TANK: Unveiling Africa’s Investment Realities
Navigating the African Investment Landscape for Mutual Benefit and Sustainable Growth

A look at Africa’s investment landscape highlights the challenges of achieving returns due to infrastructure, regulations, and socio-economic disparities. Despite these hurdles, success stories show how local dynamics can lead to triumph. Impact investing combines financial gains with positive change for sustainable development.

Speakers / Judges
zacharia george
Zachariah George
Launch Africa Ventures
Managing Partner
sam clarke
Sam Clarke
Skynamo
Founder
audrey verhaeghe
Audrey Verhaeghe
Anza Capital
CEO
duval van zijl
Duval van Zijl
Holocene
Venture Principal
Thandeka Xaba
Digital Africa Ventures
Managing Partner
14:10 - 14:55
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Unlocking Africa’s Future
Blockchain Opportunities and Challenges for Startups

As startups across the continent are beginning to embrace this revolutionary technology, it’s crucial to understand both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. During this session, participants will be taken on a journey that explores real case studies of startups who have successfully integrated blockchain into their operations, showcasing the potential impact it can have on various sectors including finance, healthcare, and supply chain. Moreover, the session will shed light on the unique challenges faced by startups in Africa, such as infrastructural limitations and regulatory hurdles, offering insights into how to navigate these complexities.

Speakers / Judges
anda ngcaba
Anda Ngcaba
UCT Financial Innovation Hub
Innovation Director
14:15 - 16:00
Venture Stage
September 27, 2023
COMPETITION: Africa Earth Observation Challenge
2023 Finalist Pitching Den

From Cotonou to Cape Town, and Dakar to Nairobi, our finalists represent an exciting mix of innovative endeavour from across Africa, that harness earth observation data in their solutions. With over 100 applicants from 24 African countries, our top 10 can be proud that they have made it through to the finals.

The finalists include: SOTILMA Farm, Tod’Aérs, Geosport, SYNCHROS, Drone Service Niger, ZR3i, CosmoLAB Hub, GeoDevOps Limited, SnooCODE Limited and YaAzi

Speakers / Judges
Imraan Salojee
RIIS
Executive
Pauline Okeyo
Esri
Solutions Engineer
Phoebe Oduor
RCMRD
PoC AfriGEO Secretariat
Martin Vermeulen
Von Seidels
Senior Associate
Farrah Naidoo
Digital Earth Africa
Program Manager
Davis Cook
RIIS
CEO
15:00 - 15:45
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
THINK TANK: Unlocking Innovation
The 8 Principles of Success

A panel discussion to discover why these principles are vital for transforming creativity into tangible products and services that can be successfully commercialized. It aims to provide insights into the importance of unlocking innovation to stay competitive in today’s business landscape. It will have the audience leave with practical knowledge to foster an innovation-driven mindset and drive meaningful change within your organization.  

Speakers / Judges
Bennie Anderson
Da Vinci Institute
Chair
ndumiso
Ndumiso Hadebe
KH Research Equity Partners
CEO
Toto Matshediso
Department of Science and Innovation
Director Global Projects
Henra Mayer
Innocentrix
CEO
15:00 - 15:10
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: Creating Value in an Ecosystem through Context
Digitizing the Taxi Industry
Speakers / Judges
Wesley Dorning
Sebenza Taxi
Founder and CEO
15:15 - 15:25
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
The Importance of Self-Awareness and Lifelong Learning for a Founder

Join Louis to explore why self-awareness and continuous education are crucial for founders. Learn how these traits contribute to the entrepreneurial journey and how to optimise your approach for lifelong learning.

Speakers / Judges
Louis - Neil Korsten
Bookt
Co-Founder
15:30 - 16:20
Masterclass Zone
September 27, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Navigating the Funding Journey from Seed to Series A
Understanding the Transition, Expectations, and Metrics

A masterclass that delves into the nuances of seed funding and Series A investments. The session aims to provide valuable insights for both startups and venture capitalists (VCs) by exploring their perspectives on funding cycles and the contrasting metrics they consider.

Speakers / Judges
Alexandra Fraser
Viridian
Director
zacharia george
Zachariah George
Launch Africa Ventures
Managing Partner
Daniel Novitzkas
Specno
Co-Founder
15:50 - 16:20
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
FIRESIDE CHAT: Innovating the Future of Water
Funding Opportunities and Sustainable Solutions

Join us for an engaging fireside chat as we delve into the future of the water sector. Our panel of experts will discuss the critical importance of sustainable water solutions and how innovation can drive change focusing particularly on digitalisation and effective wastewater management systems.

Speakers / Judges
marisa naidoo
Marisa Naidoo
Innovate UK KTN
Country Lead - South Africa
Kevin Winter
University of Cape Town
Academic
Lingam Pillay
University of Stellenbosch
Associate Professor
16:25 - 16:30
Main Plenary
September 27, 2023
CLOSING: Reflecting on Day 1
Empowering Tomorrow: Uniting for a Brighter Future
Speakers / Judges
buntu majaja
Buntu Majaja
SA Innovation Summit
CEO

day 2

9:00 - 9:10
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
OPENING: Innovate, Elevate, and Collaborate
Embracing a New Dawn of Possibilities for Day 2
Speakers
Caitlin Nash
Loudhailer & GlIG Africa
Co-Founder
9:00 - 10:45
Venture Stage
September 28, 2023
COMPETITION: SAIS TIA 10x Pitching Competition

Our spotlight shines on impact-driven concepts that have the potential to reshape society for the better.

Startups include: FlyH2 Aerospace, Foi Science, Aizatron, WHC, Thuto Education Online, LIQID Medical, Swift Livestock, Innovolve, Delmed and Sbewu Global Solutions.

Speakers
Tshembani Khupane
TIA
Senior Programme Manager
zacharia george
Zachariah George
Launch Africa Ventures
Managing Partner
abby stern
Abby Stern
Holocene
Venture Principal
Van-Lee Gunyere
Anza Capital
Chief Investment Officer
Matthew Sawyer
Von Seidels
Trade Mark Attorney
Kagiso Ntanga
TIA
Marketing and Communications Manager
9:10 - 10:10
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: Fuelling Global Competitiveness in a Digital Age
Exploring South Africa’s Digital Landscape: Risks, Rewards, and Opportunities 

This session will delve into strategies for harnessing technical and digital innovations in South Africa to bolster manufacturing and drive economic prosperity. By spotlighting success stories and policy frameworks, we aim to inspire a new era of product development and industrial growth. This session serves as a platform to ignite a renewed focus on industrialization in South Africa, with an emphasis on technological innovations and product development. By fostering a collaborative environment and leveraging innovative technologies, we aim to drive economic growth and prosperity for the nation. 

Speakers
Nithen Naidoo
Snode
CEO
Kegan Peffer
Adoozy Power
CEO
Mduduzi Dladla
Sage
Account Ambassador
Nontombi Marule
Department of Trade and Industry
Director: Innovation and Technology
Mathabo Sekhonyana
Adoozy
Head of Marketing and Communication
Alfred Mashishi
Department of Communications and Digital Services (DCDT)
Chief Director: Information Society Modelling and Forecasting
9:20 - 10:05
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Navigating the Education Innovation Ecosystem
Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Technologies

This Masterclass provides an overview of the various types of EdTech solutions currently available in Africa, as well as the economic benefits of investing in EdTech. It explores the challenges and opportunities facing the African continent, and highlights emerging EdTech solutions that can address these challenges. 

Speakers
krista davidson
Krista Davidson
Injini
CEO
10:10 - 10:20
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: Data Drives Change
The Journey from Data Point to Pivotal Impact

Dive deep into the art of creating compelling narratives from raw data that incite real-world change.

Speakers
Priaash Ramadeen
The Awareness Company
Co-Founder and CEO
10:15 - 11:10
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: The Best Ecosystem for Scaling Startups on the African Continent 
Exploring the Thriving Startup Landscape, Resources, and Support Systems in Cape Town

Uncover the key factors that make Cape Town a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. From its diverse pool of talent to its robust network of incubators, accelerators, and investors, explore the unparalleled resources and support systems available to startups in Cape Town. Discover how this thriving ecosystem fosters growth, nurtures innovation, and provides a launching pad for startups to reach new heights. 

Speakers
maxime calot
Maxime Calot
Welcome Tomorrow
CEO and Founder
Daniel Novitzkas
Specno
CEO
Marietjie Engelbrecht
UVU Africa
Head of Marketing, Ecosystem & Township Economy
Kieno Kammies
Innovation City
Co-Founder
Caitlin Nash
Loudhailer & GlIG Africa
Co-Founder
Thembinkosi Siganda
City of Cape Town
Manager: Enterprise Development, Enterprise and Investment
11:15 - 12:10
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: Fostering Township Economic Resurgence
Open Innovation Solutions

In the pursuit of economic growth and social progress, townships, informal settlements, and hostels (TISH) in South Africa and Brazil share striking similarities and unique challenges. This engaging session aims to explore innovative strategies and solutions that can empower these often-marginalized communities, unleashing their economic resurgence through open innovation. Both South Africa and Brazil grapple with issues of inequality, limited access to essential services, and economic disparities. These nations also boast vibrant, resilient communities within TISH areas that hold immense untapped potential. This session seeks to harness the power of open innovation and collaboration to address common challenges and leverage shared experiences between these two nations. 

Speakers
Mpho Mbonani
The Innovation Hub
Manager: Partnerships
Buti Makama
eKasiLabs
Area Innovation Manager
Nayana Cambraia
NESsT
Portfolio Manager
Thabang Mpye
Head of Information and Communication Technology
TIA
10:25 - 11:10
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
FIRESIDE CHAT: Navigating the Investment Landscape
Effective Portfolio Construction for Today’s Investors

Explore the ever-evolving investment landscape with practical guidance on constructing portfolios that can thrive in today’s complex and dynamic market conditions. Insights on asset allocation strategies, risk management techniques, and the integration of alternative investments. Get equipped with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and build robust portfolios tailored to your financial goals.  

Speakers
Sipha Ndawonde
Secha Capital
Operator-Investor and Special Advisor
Nick Allen
Savant
Managing Partner
11:15 - 12:00
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Talent Battles
How to attract and hire the best data science and AI talent for your business

The challenges and lessons learned in recruiting data scientists and engineers, especially as a start-up. How businesses can build their data science and AI talent pipelines without the pain. We will draw from insights from the largest community of data and AI practitioners in Africa.

Speakers
Celina Lee
Zindi
CEO
10:50 - 12:35
Venture Stage
September 28, 2023
COMPETITION: BoostUp South Africa

South African startups go head-to-head on the grand stage, vying for their shot at making it to the finals

Speakers
12:05 - 13:30
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
UNCONFERENCE: Venture Building – Navigating the Path to Innovation and Success
Fostering Growth, Collaboration, and Resilience in the Startup Ecosystem

Amidst the global surge in venture building and the rise of DeepTech startups, Africa stands as a beacon of untapped potential. The Technology Innovation Agency is excited to present a compelling session that casts a spotlight on the underappreciated power of venture building in Africa. With a specific focus on nurturing DeepTech startups originating from the continent’s universities and research institutions, this session aims to illuminate the path to of multidisciplinary partnership in Africa’s start-up ecosystem. 

Speakers
vusi skosana
Vusi Skosana
TIA
Acting Executive
Daniel Novitzkas
Specno
CEO
Revel Iyver
CPUT
Director: Technology Transfer & Industry Linkages
Warren La Fleur
Koya Capital
Partner
Sakhile Xulu
Seed South Capital
Managing Partner
Tebogo Modiba
Department of Science and Innovation
Deputy Director
12:15 - 13:10
Main Stage
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: The Business of Influencing
Navigating Influencer Marketing: Strategies and Legal Considerations for African Businesses

Von Seidels IP attorneys, Christine Strutt and André Maré, will be joined by Nadia Jaftha, Reece Meyer and Chae Francis from Ace Labs, a new age digital agency, to discuss influencer marketing and how it should be approached by an African business. Christine and André will discuss some of the legal implications around this drawing from their extensive knowledge in the brand protection space, while the team from Ace- Labs will share their insights gained from working with both the brand owner and the influencer.

Speakers
Christine Strutt
Von Seidels
Partner
Nadia Jaftha
Ace Labs
Co-Founder
Reece Meyer
Ace Labs
Co-Founder
André J Maré
Von Seidels
Commercial and Transactional IP specialist
Chae Francis
Ace Labs
Co-Founder
13:15 - 13:45
Main Stage
September 28, 2023
FIRESIDE CHAT: Accelerating Startup Growth
Leveraging Digital Technology for Scalable Systems
Speakers
Jean-Jacques Janse van Rensburg
Selfbuiltsystems
CAO & Head of Growth
buntu majaja
Buntu Majaja
SA Innovation Summit
CEO
12:40 - 14:25
Venture Stage
September 28, 2023
COMPETITION: Inventors Garage

Early-stage trailblazers strut their stuff, showcasing their cool inventions and game-changing innovations!

Speakers
Samkelisiwe Mtsewu
IDC
Account Manager
Jacques Jordaan
Specno
Co-Founder
Mduduzi Dladla
Sage
Accountant Ambassador
13:50 - 14:45
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: Unleashing Female Powerhouses  
The voices of women in tech entrepreneurs in Africa – challenges, opportunities and solutions

Step into the world of trailblazing female entrepreneurs in this captivating session as we uncover the challenges and triumphs of breaking through gender disparities in entrepreneurship opportunities. Join us for an empowering discussion that highlights the perspectives of inspiring female founders, shedding light on their remarkable journeys to equality in the business world. Get ready to be inspired, enlightened, and motivated to pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse entrepreneurial future! 

Speakers
Tamiko Sher
AIfE
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Leole-Ann Francis
Akopo Labs
Co-Founder and Partner
Lisle Jenneke
Element Applications
Co-Founder
Faith Ngogoyo
Teesas
Country Lead Kenya
Carmen Mettler
Infinite Leadership
Founder
Haley Paillusseau
AkopoLabs
Co-Founder
13:55 - 14:05
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: Capital is Shy – You Shouldn’t Be
Navigating the Funding Maze to Power Your Entrepreneurial Dreams

 

Speakers
Vincent Maposa
Wetility
Founder and CEO
14:00 - 15:35
Venture Stage
September 28, 2023
COMPETITION: SA-Swiss Blockchain Innovation Challenge

In a remarkable fusion, Swiss and South African impact-driven startups harnessing the power of blockchain technologies unite to deliver their compelling pitches.

Startups Include: Aidonic, VeriFi,Originall, eSusFarm, PhotoChromic, Funti3r, RightfulShare, Farmer Connect and Escropay

Speakers
Thabang Mpye
Technology Innovation Agency
Head: Information and Communications Technology
Gideon Greaves
CVVC Africa
Managing Director
anda ngcaba
Anda Ngcaba
UCT Financial Innovation Hub
Innovation Director
Brandon Paschal
Stellenbosch University
Deputy Director: Spinout Companies and Funds
Fabian van der Merwe
Microsoft SA
Blockchain Lead
14:10 - 14:55
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Carbon Credits – Transforming Investment Metrics
Exploring the Mechanics and Implications of a Sustainable Paradigm Shift

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of how carbon credits work, their role in incentivizing businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and the mechanisms through which these credits can be bought, sold, and traded on the global market. The session will delve into the potential challenges and opportunities that come with integrating carbon credits into investment metrics, how investors and businesses are adapting to this novel approach, and the impact it has on evaluating the sustainability performance of companies and projects. 

Speakers
joshua romisher
Joshua Romisher
Holocene
CEO
Caitlin Wale
Kinjani
Founder
Mike Brand
TOCO
Head of Merchant Partnerships
Francois van Wyk
Agrifusion
Environmental Innovator
14:50 - 15:35
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
THINK TANK: Advancing quality learning outcomes in Africa 
Exploring the potential and challenges of generative AI in education in Africa

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming education worldwide, and its impact on learning outcomes in Africa is a topic of great significance. This panel will delve into the opportunities and obstacles that Generative AI presents for education in the African context. Participants will engage in thoughtful discussions about the real challenges and ethical considerations surrounding the integration of AI in education, with a focus on Africa’s unique context. 

Speakers
Gigi Ngcobo
Injini
Venture Scale Lead
Gavin Weale
Digify Africa
Founder and CEO
Rajesh Pasungili Ramakrishnan
Resolute Education
Founder
Rapelang Rabana
Rekindle Learning
Founder
Gabi Immelman
Mindjoy
Founder and CEO
Janet Sawari
TAIR Labs
CEO and Founder
15:00 - 15:10
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
LIGHTNING TALK: What is broken with recycling and how to fix it
Design, Data, and Circular Economy Solutions

Recycling is a broken system, the issue of generated waste is a complex one that cannot be effectively addressed solely by improving recycling methods. When it comes to the recycling of various products and packages, their ultimate destiny is often predetermined long before they find their way into a recycling bin. The root of the issue lies with designers who frequently lack the necessary tools and data to make informed decisions that would ensure the future recyclability of these items. In this session, Mr. Lubele will discuss how we can fix the waste crisis the world faces touching on regulations, the true power of data and more importantly, core principles of the circular economy.

Speakers
Gift Lubele
Kudoti
Co-Founder and COO
15:15 - 16:00
Masterclass Zone
September 28, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Seeds of Sustainability 
Demystifying ESG for early-stage businesses and funds

This Masterclass gives a practical, down-to-earth introduction to what investors and other stakeholders mean when they ask about your environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. The presenters will explain the latest international and local developments, why they matter to ventures in Africa, and how ESG connects with business innovation. They will share a simple, tried-and-tested roadmap for you to build the foundations for ESG in a sensible way as you grow.   

Speakers
Louise Gardiner
Vukani Impact Collective
Co-Founder and CEO
Robin Gilbert-Jones
Vukani Impact Collective
Co-Founder and Head of Research and Analytics
15:40 - 16:05
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
KEYNOTE: Harnessing the Power of Technology Clusters
Building Innovation Capabilities for Global Competitiveness

 

 

Speakers
Mothibedi Matshele
The Innovation Hub
Acting CEO
16:10 - 16:50
Main Plenary
September 28, 2023
CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE: Closing and Awards Gala of SAIS 2023
Honouring Innovation, Collaboration, and Achievements
Speakers
Peter Greenwall
Innovation101
Creative Director
buntu majaja
Buntu Majaja
SA Innovation Summit
CEO
Vusi Skosana
TIA
Acting Executive

day 3

10:40 - 10:50
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
Founders Day 2023 Opening – Unleashing the Potential
Nurturing Ideas, Fostering Growth, and Inspiring Success
Speakers / Judges
buntu majaja
Buntu Majaja
SA Innovation Summit
CEO
10:55 - 11:20
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
KEYNOTE: F@#& up and find out
Unlocking Startup Success: Navigating the Maze of Marketing Channels for Explosive Growth

Finding traction is essential for any startup. Traction is the quantitative evidence of customer demand. It’s about growth. There are many different marketing channels available to startups that feed your growth, but no one-size-fits-all solution. The best channels for your startup will depend on your industry, product, and target audience. In Michelle’s discussion, she will run through 19 channels that startups can experiment with to find the channel that gives them the biggest growth at the lowest cost.

Speakers / Judges
Michelle Geere
Adbot
CEO
11:25 - 12:10
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Unlocking Sales Potential
Strategies for Success

Our Masterclass will provide participants with actionable insights on how to develop a robust sales enablement strategy, leverage data analytics for informed decision-making, implement effective internal training and coaching programs(If they have a team) and utilize the right technology to boost sales productivity

Speakers / Judges
sibusiso msomi
Sibusiso Msomi
The Sales Enablement Company
Managing Director
12:15 - 12:40
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
How Start-ups Play with Grown-ups
A Speed Dating Guide

Start-ups, investors, B2C customers, B2B corporates and government players all have different needs, are motivated by different things, have different cultures. What is easy for one may be difficult for the other. How should the give and take between these different players therefore look like?

Speakers / Judges
Roby Stancel
Innovation Architects GmbH
Managing Partner
12:45 - 13:20
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
FIRESIDE CHAT: Unveiling VC Perspectives
Unraveling Startup Secrets, Portfolio Metrics, and Realistic Triumphs

A session to explore the minds of VCs as they reveal their investment strategies and discuss the types of startups they are currently supporting. Gain insights into the factors that drive investment decisions without specific case studies. Discover the art of setting realistic goals in the entrepreneurial world and be inspired by the top five success stories shared, complete with general metrics and key takeaways. 

Speakers / Judges
will green
Will Green
Co.lab
Founder and CEO
Sarah Dusek
Enygma Ventures
Co-Founder
13:25 - 14:10
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast
Defining and scaling your culture

Discover the importance of aligning your company’s culture, especially for startups in the build phase. Learn how behaviours serve as the framework to accentuate the habits essential for success. In this session, we’ll delve into:

 

▶ The role of a robust culture blueprint in fuelling startup growth.

▶ Effective strategies for scaling your desired culture.

▶ Real-world case studies showcasing culture transformation

 

Secure your spot to craft a culture that propels your startup’s journey to success. See you there!

Speakers / Judges
Oran Cohen
GWork
Founder and CEO
14:10 - 15:00
Founders Day Stage
September 29, 2023
MASTERCLASS: Unleashing Resources for Success
Navigating a Landscape of Funding Instruments for Visionary Ventures
Speakers / Judges
Tshembani Khupane
TIA
Senior Programme Manager
Xolisa Malemane
TIA
Senior Investment Case Specialist
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