SA Innovation Summit 2019

SA Innovation Summit 2019

Cape Town Cape Town WC

From Wednesday, September 11 2019 until Friday, September 13 2019

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 policymakers 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 a 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.


Save the date!  The SA Innovation Summit will take place from 11 – 13 September 2019 at the Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town South Africa.  Here is a quick preview of what SAIS 2019 will bring.  Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

Pitching Dens

A selection of the most innovative startups and entrepreneurs, selected from hundreds of applications.  ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS looking for serious INVESTMENT, – you need to be here!

Business Matching

Did you see something of interest in on of the the Pitching Dens?   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!

Inventors Garage

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.

Focus Areas

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.

Ecosystem / Technical Tours

On 11 September, you can take one of our carefully curated ecosystem bus tours to explore the exciting startup ecosystem in and around Cape Town.  Share this space with delegates from the Triple Helix Conference and become part of a week-long Innovation festival!