Inviting Global Tech Entrepreneurs to explore the South African market and business Eco-system

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Dear Global Tech Entrepreneur,

As we enter the 10th Anniversary of the SA Innovation Summit we’ve asked ourselves what the Tech entrepreneur needs from a gathering in the most southern part of the African continent that holds a pathway to a 1-billion people market. We workshopped the topic  “what are the key touch points that we perceive to be most critical to the African agenda in 2030” with industry leaders. Out of that, we are creating our programme to attract global thought leaders to the Summit, with a strong emphasis on people that are actively involved on the continent.  We are pleased to announce that the focus for conversations we look to facilitate at the Summit this year and beyond are:

  • FinTech
  • AgriTech
  • BioTech
  • EduTech
  • Cities of the Future ( IoT, Clean and green, Social)
  • Space (Astronomy, big data, AI and satellite technology)

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available until 31 May:  Book it here!

The SA Innovation Summit ( is rapidly approaching and will take place from 6-8 September in Cape Town, South Africa.  This is a unique opportunity to get to know the market for techno entrepreneurs on the African Continent. Click here to view an infographic about Cape Town and why it is important to visit South Africa and assess the market for your business or businesses in your network. The infographic unpacks Cape Town as an ecosystem for the tech entrepreneur (size of market, technology strengths and available support).

Apart from exploring the Ecosystem, the Summit’s Pitching Den competition invites high-growth early-stage startups from all over the world to pitch their innovative business solutions to a well-rounded panel of venture capitalists, angel investors and business development experts, and to compete for a US$ 1 million investment prize at the 2018 Startup World Cup grand finale (presented in Silicon Valley), as well as media exposure and networking opportunities with enablers and sponsors, and more.

At the Innovation Summit you will get the following opportunities to assess what the South African economy offers:

6 & 7 September:  

7:30 – 9:00    Registration & Meet and Greet

9:00 – 17:00

Plenary sessions: Get to know the trends in business in Africa, tech-trends as well as various information sessions about technology and business in Africa.

Inventors Garage: Get to know the pre-commercial scene

Match & Invest Lounge: Meet the funders and supporters

Pitching Den: Participate in the competition and the South African leg of the Startup Worldcup from Silicon Valley

Exhibitions: – Showcase to test the market

Workshops / breakaway groups

On 7 September: Awards Ceremony followed by an After Party in one of the most famous venues in Cape Town.

8 September:    A Bus tour of the Cape Town Tech Eco-system

The Cape Town Start-up and Tech Ecosystem Tour offers delegates the opportunity to attend workshops at various startup, tech, funding and accelerator institutions in and around Cape Town.

We can also connect you with relevant people outside of the Summit and our Travel Desk can help you with local travel and accommodation arrangements as well as sightseeing and adventure tours to make the most of your visit.

For more information or further discussion please email

Audrey Verhaeghe

Chairman: SA Innovation Summit


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