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FOR SAIS2021

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#SAIS2021 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 City of Cape Town. 

An exciting new offering that allows the 3-day event to #Expand Horizons (our 2021 theme). 

The main event will be at the Mount Nelson Hotel and the side events differ in form, venue and theme.

20 SEPTEMBER 2021

21 SEPTEMBER 2021

22 SEPTEMBER 2021

23 SEPTEMBER 2021

20 SEPTEMBER 2021

Female Founder Take-Over BOOTCAMP

BY INVITATION ONLY

Small Enterprise Development Agency in collaboration with SA Innovation Summit.

DESCRIPTION:

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) is collaborating with the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) to support women-owned businesses to prepare for venture capital investment and other financially supported growth strategies to scale into new markets. The programme is targeted at South African women with tech and tech-enabled start-ups and a scalable business model whose businesses have been in operation for less than or up to 5 years.

The top 30 female entrepreneurs will go through a Fem-In-Tech Bootcamp where they will be introduced to the first module of the Investment Readiness Programme and will be provided some pitching tips to prepare them for the Fem-In-Tech Demo Day. In addition they have a tailor-made programme within the Founders Toolkit streams to equip them with new learnings and skills for their businesses.

21 SEPTEMBER 2021

Small business economic update and funding conversation

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DESCRIPTION:

Small business economic update by Jason Hamilton from First River Capital followed by a short presentation by Nawaf Fakier on Alternative Funding for SME’s and Business Partners product offering.  The event will be followed by light snacks and networking.

Business Partners Limited

HAVAIC FUN RUN & SOCIAL

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Havaic 

DESCRIPTION:

A fun 5km run on the Cape Town promenade, following by a social mixer of drinks and food. Good chance to mingle informally for entrepreneurs, investors and other people in the industry.

22 SEPTEMBER 2021

Technology Entrepreneurs and their solutions to South African challenges

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DESCRIPTION:

Do you remember the day you had your first big business idea? It was exciting and the possibilities seemed endless. But it’s no secret that starting a business is tough. It requires grit, dedication, resources, and above all, know-how.

Which is why Stellenbosch Network, in partnership with Stellenbosch University LaunchLab and the SA Innovation Summit, are hosting an in-person event for university students and young entrepreneurs to learn from some of the best business builders in the country, including Aisha Pandor (SweepSouth), Kobus Ehlers (Radar; previously SnapScan) and Leánne Viviers (Mintor).

Join us as we discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur in South Africa and learn how South African solutions are playing a key role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges, today.

The event starts at 17:30 for 18:00 on the 22nd September 2021, and will be a panel discussion led by KykNET Prontuit Presenter, Kabous Meiring.

The discussion will then be followed by a few drinks and snacks and the opportunity to network (in person!)

Due to COVID restrictions, the event will be limited to 50 people. Entry is free but please register to receive your ticket and to ensure we keep to the venue capacity of 50 people.

Launchlab and Stellenbosch Network

e-Residency and Startup Estonia: How to create an EU company 100% online?

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DESCRIPTION:

In May this year, the Government of Estonia opened a pick-up point for its e-Residency ID cards in Johannesburg, making e-Residency a viable option for South Africans to establish and run EU-based companies 100% online and from distance. Thus far 84,000 people worldwide have signed up for Estonia’s e-Residency. Mats Kuuskemaa, Head of Business Strategy at e-Residency will explain the application process and benefits of e-Residency for entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Annika Järs, Startup Estonia Startup Visa Lead will offer insights into how it is possible to apply for startup status for Estonia-based companies and how Estonia’s startup visa programme enables founders and employees of startups to relocate to Estonia. Thus far Estonia has one of the highest per capita number of startups in the world whereas 7 unicorn companies have grown out of Estonia of have been founded by Estonians.

Start-up Estonia

23 SEPTEMBER 2021

BIOTECHNOLOGY JOB EXPO

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Science Bridge & BioCiti

DESCRIPTION:

This year we gather experts in field of biotechnology and economy as well as personal branding to provide students with knowledge and information they can use to access biotechnology job market in South Africa.

Together with BioCiti we will have hybrid networking session where you get a chance to interact with various entrepreneurs from biotechnology space! Don’t miss the opportunity to get 1 of 20 exclusive invitations to in-person session in Woodstock, Cape Town! For more information follow us on social media!

Swiss-South African Applied Research and Innovation accelerated by the SAIS: SA’s first off the grid laundromat

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Embassy of Switzerland to South Africa, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Khulisa Streetscapes NPO

DESCRIPTION:

The Swiss side event will take place in “open garden” format inviting SAIS delegates to the Urban Garden of Khulisa Streetscapes and learn more about the laundromat.  The open garden will take place from 12h00-14h30 with presentations at 12h30.

The delegates of the South African Innovation Summit 2021 are invited to enjoy a light lunch at the Urban garden of Khulisa Streetscapes and learn more about LaundReCycle. Representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland, Khulisa Streetscapes and zhaw will present twice during the open hours on the project including a short demo. 

Background:

The Swiss side event will take place in “open garden” format inviting SAIS delegates to the Urban Garden of Khulisa Streetscapes and learn more about the laundromat.  The open garden will take place from 12h00-14h30 with presentations at 12h30 and 13h30. In order to manage space and allow for social distancing, the two hours will be split in two groups, the first one arriving at 12h00 and the second one at 13h00.

The delegates of the South African Innovation Summit 2021 are invited to enjoy a light lunch at the Urban garden of Khulisa Streetscapes and learn more about LaundReCycle. Representatives from the Embassy of Switzerland, Khulisa Streetscapes and zhaw will present twice during the open hours on the project including a short demo.

The South African Innovation Summit has been a close partner of the Embassy of Switzerland for several years with active participation in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. For 2021 the Embassy of Switzerland is aiming once again to join forces with the Innovation Summit in the framework of a SAIS side event to introduce guests and SAIS delegates to the LaudReCycle project, a success story for international applied research and innovation collaboration for social impact. 

Videos and links:

https://www.zhaw.ch/en/lsfm/institutes-centres/iunr/ecological-engineering/ecotechnology/wastewater/laundrecycle/

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/local/peoples-post/self-sufficient-laundry-20210201

https://www.capetownetc.com/cape-town/sas-first-off-grid-eco-friendly-laundromat-opens-in-cape-town/

BioCiti Lab OPEN DAY

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BioCiti  

DESCRIPTION:

BioCiTi, established by CiTi in 2019, is a specialised biotech incubator that provides African entrepreneurs a platform where science, business and investment can come together. Our vision at BioCiti is to create a thriving biotechnology industry in Africa, and to produce world-class companies in the industry which leverage Africa’s unique potential. 

BioCiTi creates a bridge between research and commercialisation of ideas, based on the application of technology to broad biological sciences. 

BioCiTi will be showcasing the new, upgraded lab facilities in the Woodstock Bandwidth Barn and invite you to view the lab and meet some of the exciting startups and businesses currently working in the lab. 

EXPANDING HORIZONS CAPE TOWN TOURS

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Izako Transport & Tours

DESCRIPTION:

Izako Transport & Tours has curated 2 bespoke tours on the 23rd of September 2021 for those who want to “expand their horizon” whilst in Cape Town in order to experience the culture, life, people, cuisine and exquisite scenery of the Cape before heading back home to share their experience of Cape Town with family, friends and even strangers back home.

This tour reflects Cape Town as One City, Many Cultures.

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Explore the wonders of the Mother City and take in all the beauty she has to offer on our Half Day Peninsula Tour.

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