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  • Digital collaboration and open innovation: SA vs. the rest of the world [Sponsored]

    In an increasingly digital and connected world, large enterprises and small entrepreneurs alike are exploring the value that can be created by closer and deeper collaboration with each other. Enterprises gain access to new skills, ideas, talent and markets, while entrepreneurs tap into large companies’ distribution networks and customer bases. In fact, recent Accenture research titled: Harnessing the Power of Entrepreneurs to Open Innovation, found that 82 percent of large companies say they can learn from entrepreneurs about how to become a digital business. And 50 percent believe they need to work with entrepreneurs to be sufficiently innovative. Yet obstacles to effective collaboration remain. Entrepreneurs...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [Sponsored]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. "The question that needs answering is what can we do with what we have to make a difference and create a city of opportunity? By bringing together thought-leaders, innovators, enablers and industry leaders at the High Impact Series, the discussion has started around co-creating and moving South Africa's beautiful Mother City forward," said...

  • Moving the Mother City forward by creating opportunity for all [SPONSORED]

    Creating cities of opportunity for South Africans are shaped by fostering enabling environments and by inspiring innovation. Local and international speakers addressed these topics at the SA Innovation Summit 2016 lead-up event, the High Impact Series, which took place on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Pictured from left to right is Thomas Wittig (CEO of WITTIGONIA, Switzerland), Abbas Jamie (Director of Innovation at Aurecon Africa), Aurelia Albert (Innovate Durban), Dr Morne Mostert (Director, Institute for Futures Research), Lance Greyling (Director of Trade and Investment, City of Cape Town) and Lesley Williams (Master...

  • Is SA ready for the new world of work? [SPONSORED]

    The days of landing a job and staying in a company until retirement are gone. Indeed, for the new workforce, this old-fashioned approach holds little reality, writes Jane Steinacker. Last year, Millenials (roughly defined as those born from the early 1980s) became the largest generation in the workforce. This, says Lee Naik, MD of Accenture Digital, is significant for two reasons. "First, because Millennials will soon become the predominant source of human capital, and, second, because businesses stand to benefit greatly from the technology acumen and talent this generation (also known as 'digital natives') possesses." The greatest workplace disruptor, digital transformation, is changing not just the way...

  • What innovation really means for business [SPONSORED]

    Innovation, like any good words appropriated too many times for too many purposes, has become something of a cliché, says Adam Oxford of htxt.africa, a company looking to claim back the word by inspiring action. We might understand innovation better “if we could define it a little more clearly”, says Oxford, htxt.africa’s editor in chief. That’s easier said than done, but one simple definition comes from WeThinkCode’s Camille Agon, who believes "innovation is finding solutions to problems". WeThinkCode is a new peer-to- peer tech institution that opened in South Africa in 2016. It aims to identify and train people between the ages of 17 and 35...

  • Innovation Summit, Bandwidth Barn Khayelitsha to host first Smart Communities Hackathon [SPONSORED]

    This year, the collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) features a high impact hackathon with lasting results! A 24-hour Smart Communities Hackathon in collaboration with The Barn, Khayelitsha (part of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative - Citi) and the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) will take place in Khayelitsha from 19 to 20 August and give a voice to the wider region to identify and solve their most important community needs. The SAIS 2016 High Impact Series Smart Communities hackathon is an exciting highlight on Cape Town's innovation calendar and revolves...

  • SA Innovation Summit Brings Startup World Cup to South Africa [SPONSORED]

    Global startup conference, Startup World Cup, is partnering with the SA Innovation Summit to host its first ever South African regional competition. This regional competition will be held on 22 and 23 September 2016 as part of the annual SA Innovation Summit event in Johannesburg in the Ventureburn Pitching Den. Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. There will be 15 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley. This is the first ever event of its type, organised by...

  • Raising your game: Charne Gerber and Copeland Stables [Sponsored]

    Doctor, mom and charity director Charné Gerber is an all-round superwoman. Acquiring Napoleon, her first Friesian stallion, was the catalyst for her latest venture, Copeland Stables. See how Charné raises her game: Best of breed From a young age, plaasmeisie Charne had a deep-seated love of horses. Copeland Stables is the culmination of her lifelong passion and an exciting challenge for this ambitious entrepreneur. From a single stallion, her herd has grown to seven majestic Friesians. Whether she’s ferrying her kids to the family farm or towing a prize Friesian stallion to a show, Charné needs a vehicle that’s safe and dependable in...

  • Raising your game: Morake House [SPONSORED]

    United by a love for design, husband and wife Ipeleng and Lebo Morake are college sweethearts. Together, they are the brains behind the Morake Design House, an end-to-end branding consultancy based in Joburg. Designed for each other Power couple Lebo and Ipeleng fell in love 12 years ago when we were both studying design. From early on, they worked on projects together and realised that they make a formidable team! So in 2010 they started our own business, Morake Design House, giving them the creative freedom they need to raise their game. From boutique hotels to trendy restaurants, this stylish...

  • Raising your game: Themba Dube and The Numb3r Factory [SPONSORED]

    Less than five percent of people affected by disabilities in South Africa receive the tax benefits that they are entitled to. Tax consultant Themba Dube has dedicated his career to helping these individuals to receive the benefits that they so desperately need. See how Themba raises his game A taxman with a big heart Growing up in Soweto, Themba Dube has always had a strong social conscience. So when he graduated as a tax consultant, he wanted to use his skills to make a difference in his community. It all came together when he was approached by a client with a...

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