BY Gavin Emmanuel 2 MINUTE READ
It’s time for Africa to come to its full potential by developing products and services that are credible and inspired by the continent. It’s time to take Africa to the World.
The SA Innovation Summit aims to challenge and inspire conversations around the impact on our environments and identify how we can effect meaningful change. The Summit also provides numerous opportunities to learn, network and witness innovation from the brilliant minds in Africa. Preparing you for Industry 4.0 is a key theme, because it’s happening and you don’t want to be left behind.
As a giant accelerator for the South African Economy, the Summit focuses on how businesses can venture successfully and the different funding opportunities to enable this. The Summit model also focuses on three key areas of the economy, namely; Idea and Research Phase, pre-commercial and Start-up/Scale-Up Businesses. 
Additionally, they function as an Ecosystem Enabler: supporting new research, ideas, inventions and the tech entrepreneurs to become investible businesses. They achieve this by bringing together entrepreneurs, inventors, investors and policy makers into one space; giving them the opportunity to meet and network. Start-ups are given the opportunity to showcase and pitch their products and services to investors in multiple Pitching Dens and the Inventors Garage during the Summit.
What the Summit has to offer
Thought leadership sessions: discussions centred around Agritech; Biotech; Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Space; Cities of the Future, Edutech and Fintech, identifying the key issues and possible solutions.
Master Classes: professionals lending their expertise in Corporate Venturing, Angel Investments and Intellectual Property Protection. TMARA and Sea Monster will also be hosting the Blueprint for Disruption and Product Market Fit.
Workshops: learn how to build a robot in just ONE hour and understand the world of block-chain technology.
CEO Panel Discussion: CEO’s from leading corporations will unpack the importance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Corporate Venturing in South Africa.
Match & Invest Lounge: one-on-one pre-scheduled meetings during the Summit providing a platform for targeted and effective business-matching.
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. 
The first Summit started with getting the roles and language between government, industry and academics aligned. The content migrated over 11 years into making the Tech Entrepreneur centre stage and the hero of taking the economy forward. 
We invite you to join us this year as we explore new ideas and take Africa to the world. Our time is now, and there’s no better time to prepare ourselves for the future to come. 
View the programme, book your tickets, or read about our opportunities below to see if you fall under our areas of focus. We look forward to hosting you!