SA Innovation Summit brings new features to support the entrepreneur

The bravest most courageous people in Africa are the tech entrepreneurs.

It is this group that holds the power to change the economic narrative by creating new jobs and developing new solutions to address continental problems ranging from food, to education, to health, to financial inclusion and energy. Yet this pivotal economic force gets the least attention when it comes to financial and infrastructural support. That is why the SA Innovation Summit exists – to bring together stakeholders who can all work together on solutions to fix this problem, tackling how to take the African continent economy to the next level. We need society at large to play its role.

Preparations are well underway for the 13th SA Innovation Summit and the entrepreneurial ecosystem eagerly awaits another gathering of entrepreneurs and innovation thought leaders as they tackle how to take the African continent economy to the next level.

The recently held, World Economic Forum 2020 launched the Africa 2.0 project– with a Wakanda theme – “the future of Africa” – and is said to have had people hungry to learn about Africa; what is happening, what it has to offer in terms of digitalisation and technology. According to Independent Media chairperson Dr Iqbal Survé, who formed part of the South African delegation, “the event epitomised the potential this continent has to not only embrace technology but use it to propel Africa beyond the established world. Africans talking about the innovation and solutions they have created to address uniquely African issues.”

This is the precisely the aim of the SA Innovation Summit. “Prioritising tech entrepreneurship is crucial for tackling the greatest challenges Africa face such as inclusivity, poverty, education, food security and health”, says Dr Audrey Verhaeghe – chairperson of the SA Innovation Summit.

SAIS2020 is due to take place from 30 September to 2 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and is set to bring over 1500 delegates from 33 countries together to facilitate more than R1bn in deals between investors and start-ups representing the future of innovation.

New features

The Summit boasts new features in its SAIS2020 programme with the main focus being the entrepreneur.

The following streams have been added to the new features:

  • START-UP TO SCALE-UP – A deep dive into understanding what the customer wants, how to optimise your marketing and sales, better pitching, implementing tools that make your business more efficient, strategize your business expansion, new technologies and how optimize them for your business and practical toolkits to help you take the business forward.
  • TECH ON THE RISE – An exploration into the new age of technology and how it’s changing our world. Farming as we know it is evolving with the use of drones and AI technology to predict weather patterns and crop diseases. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are being adopted more often, with robo-advisors to aide how we invest. This stream will explore all this and how these innovations will impact our lives.

An opportunity to Sponsor An Entrepreneur

We all know that it’s not always financially easy for startups, and many entrepreneurs cannot afford tickets to attend the Summit; so, the Summit has introduced a way for corporates, delegates, and the general public to assist. Through the “Sponsor an Entrepreneur” campaign, anyone can help a deserving start-up, or a student to attend the Summit, by sponsoring to buy their ticket. Read more about this campaign here.

The Summit will launch a Youth Pitching Den in 2020 and will release more details about this new exciting feature later on this year.

Buy your ticket now and pay half the price

The Summit has released a limited number of tickets at half the price with its Super Saver offer which runs only for the month of February. An opportunity to save big and be amongst the brightest minds in the innovation sector.  Super Saver tickets are limited – don’t delay Buy Now!!

Tickets for the SA Innovation Summit can be purchased through this link

ABOUT THE SA INNOVATION SUMMIT – The SA Innovation Summit is Africa’s biggest tech start-up event and provides a powerful platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing the very best of African innovation, as well as facilitating thought-leadership around innovation. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration, the event brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, academia and policy makers from over 30 countries to accelerate innovation and inspire sustained economic growth across Africa.

For more information: 

Saskia Nysschens – Chief Operations Officer

Office: +27 82 708 1960

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