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Innovation Summit – Bold Ideas

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Innovation Summit – Bold Ideas

At the end of August 2015, TO BUILDS editor was a media guest at the well organised and highly successful SA Innovation Summit 2015. The event was hosted at the Cape Town Stadium. Funding, creativity and collaboration were top of mind matters during the presentations, panel discussions and at the various physical displays.

Leading tends analyst, Dion Chang (Flux Trends) provided the necessary wow factor when he gave his keynote address. Deputy Director General of the Department of Trade and Industry, Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, announced the launch of the new Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) that provides grants to entrepreneurs. ‘Innovation will be the only solution to some of the problems we face today’, she explained. The latest new inventions and next big business ideas for South Africa were showcased. More than 320 entries were received for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage Competition, the PwC Pitching Den for start-ups and the PwC Vision to Reality competition. The latter competition was proposed for companies with an established commercialisation of tech-enabled solutions and those that demonstrate potential for national or international expansion. In the built environment arena, fascinating displays at the TIA Inventors Garage included a pop-up hydroponic garden for vertical urban farming, and an environmentally-friendly backup light to deal with load shedding problems. ‘In any economy entrepreneurs create the most jobs. It is important that these brilliant ideas can be commercialised because this will translate into increasing employment opportunities for the country,’ said Dr Audrey Verheaghe, chairperson of the SA Innovation Summit.

Innovation Summit

Dr Audrey Verheaghe

E info@innovationsummit.co.za

W www.innovationsummit.co.za

Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 201 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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