Join us at the South – Africa Innovation Summit 2018

Save the date!  The SA Innovation Summit will take place from 12 – 14 September 2018 at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town South Africa.  Here is a quick preview of what SAIS 2018 will bring.  Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

Two days of  Pitching – a selection of the most innovative startups and entrepreneurs, selected from hundreds of applications.  This year, entrepreneurs will have access to a Pitch Preparation Pack to ensure that the audience is introduced to the highest quality of presentations.  ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS looking for serious INVESTMENT, – you need to be here!

Did you see something of interest in on of the the Pitching Den?   Apart from plenty of opportunities for networking, our business matching platform, MATCH & INVEST, provides you with an opportunity to setup one-on-one meetings in the comfortable matchmaking lounge.  Do your business right there and then, with access to exceptional deal making!.

Ideas are just ideas, until they are converted into action.  Our Inventors Garage gives early starters with innovative ideas, a platform to demonstrate their early stage prototypes and products.  We are calling on Technical Transfer Offices to also join this platform in 2018, showcasing and attracting funding and potential markets to early stage research and product development.

Is your business aligned to Fintech, Edutech, Big Data & Space, Cities of the Future, Agritech or Biotech?  These 6 areas of interest are highlighted in carefully curated streams that will attract the most knowledgeable speakers from across the world.  To ensure this is not just a talk-shop, speaking slots are limited to 15 minutes, providing ample time for discussion and input from the audience.  All sessions will be moderated by an experienced MC and will be recorded by our graphical recorder, James Durno, for maximum impact.

In 2018 we are introducing Panel Discussions in a different format.  All discussion panels will be shaped in the form of Lightning Talks – aimed at articulating  the topic presented in a quick, insightful, and clear manner. With this concise and efficient format of discussions, you can be guaranteed that your attention will be focused on speakers conveying key information, in a brief period of time, leaving ample time for discussion and reflection.   The outcomes of panel discussions will be recorded and published after the conference.

Ecosystem Tours – on 14 September, you can take one of our carefully curated ecosystem bus tours to explore the exciting startup ecosystem in and around Cape Town.  Learn more about these tours.

Product Launches – there is no better place to launch a new, innovative product, than at the Innovation Summit where you can be assured of a receptive audience and interest.   Contact us if you want to launch a novel product at the Summit this year.

Private functions – if your company is sending a delegation to the Summit, why not make use of the opportunity to host a private function or event, either at your stand or in one of the numerous venues available.  The Cape Town Stadium offers a unique and exciting ambiance and is ideal to arrange a meeting, cocktail event or informal networking event.   Furthermore, we can handle all the logistics on your behalf.  All you have to do is discuss your specific needs and compile your guest list.  We will send out invitations, handle registrations, organise catering and setup the branding according to your specification.

Hackathon@theSummit  has been a hallmark event at the Summit over the past years. This event brings together coders from across the country to come up with technology solutions to address pressing challenges for businesses, government, and communities.  If you would like to run a hackathon at the Summit, contact us to discuss your needs.

Networking Opportunities Galore!
And finally, have we mentioned that this is the place to network.  With more than a thousand delegates anticipated, you can expect to rub shoulders with industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, government officials, serious investors, geeks, hackers, volunteers, students, teachers and lecturers, researchers and policy makers etc.



The Summit was birthed out of how little was being done to commercialise technology from South Africa into new industries through start-ups, private sector involvement and enabling government absorption of new ideas. Our first Summit started with getting the roles and language between government, industry and academics aligned. The content migrated over 10 years into making the Tech Entrepreneur centre stage and the hero of taking the economy forward.


Our Value Proposition is that our effort should go towards enabling the Tech Entrepreneur as she and he will be the only entity able to leapfrog systematic change to alleviate poverty, drive inclusiveness whilst meeting Industry 4.0 head-on. Large business, curricula in the universities and government policies cannot move fast enough to keep up with the technological changes; The Tech Entrepreneur can!


The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own eco-system, the initiative brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers to amplify South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and to inspire sustained economic growth across the continent of Africa. The outcomes achieved by the Summit, is  a powerful platform to bring together thought leaders and accelerate innovation in South Africa, and into the African continent as whole.

  • Provide a platform where Tech Entrepreneurs and innovators can participate, grow their know-how and connections, and make their ideas come to life. With the rapid advent of the Industrial 4.0 Tech Revolution, the flexibility to integrate, and the speed to market will be absolutely critical.
  • Collaborate with government, academia and industry to build an African system for innovation on a practical level.
  • Provide curated networking with technology leaders and founders, trend specialists, policy makers and forward thinkers.
  • Bring together innovation leaders from different countries, backgrounds, disciplines and world-views, to create an innovative economic environment that will prosper the South African economy and have a positive effect on our clients’ competitive edge.
  • Encourage mutually beneficial deal-making between entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Grow and accelerate organisational innovation culture.
  • Facilitate the establishing of industry-leaders by presenting new market opportunities.