Africa’s first Global Startup Awards to showcase the continent’s most promising innovators
At the first-ever Global Startup Awards Africa Summit to be held in Cape Town on June 14-15, various sectors of the value chain, from government and banking to corporate and educational institutions, will converge to cover topics around breakthroughs. in cutting-edge technologies, the proliferation of blockchain in industry, and more.
Organized by the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), the event is the culmination of a six-month process of in-depth and rigorous research, networking and collaborations around the world, with the aim of finding the innovators the most promising in Africa.
African innovators, thought leaders and decision makers will have access to the most comprehensive network of key industry experts who will lead to leapfrog/accelerate African innovation in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Together with partner companies that have evolved within the startup ecosystem, these representatives of world-renowned organizations will help co-create a future marketplace that will boost trade within Africa and Africa to the world, by stimulating cross-border collaborations and trade.
Unlocking Africa’s Growth
Industry leaders such as Ian Putter, Head of Blockchain Center of Excellence at Standard Bank Group and Regional Director of Blockchain Research Institute Africa, will share insights on how to unlock Africa’s growth and cascading opportunities through to blockchain and digital assets. By sharing insights into the evolution of business innovation, industry leaders will explore how the opportunities that trends such as “intrapreneurship” and open innovation present to companies looking to future-proof their operations and to startups looking to leverage powerful partnerships for growth and scale.
The event will allow startups representing ten countries on the African continent to present and organize workshops with industry experts, companies, decision makers and institutions and universities such as the University of Stellenbosch, who are looking to collaborate and invest in technologies aligned with Africa’s SDGs. Director of Technology Transfer at the University of Stellenbosch, Professor Madelein Kleyn, will explain how policymakers across the continent are adapting their intellectual property (IP) strategies to promote innovation and drive business competitiveness and sustainability Africans on the world market.
Unboxing how corporate partnerships have evolved
As the summit is the first of its kind, companies will have the opportunity to discover how corporate partnerships have evolved over the past few years in the innovation ecosystem. The value chain of innovative solutions, aligned with the SDGs, will work with some of the main important business partners such as RCS, the V&A Waterfront, Africa-Berlin Network and Fetola, to name a few.
By bringing all these stakeholders together in this way, the Global Startup Awards Africa Summit aims to give all attendees access to a network of innovators, world-renowned organizations and decision-makers by sparking conversations about blockchain, intellectual property, the future of financing. and gender-lens investing, global market access and partnerships and megatrends – innovating for sustainability and circular economies in Africa.
The outcome will harness a collective power in efforts to attract global investment and collaboration, and in the same vein, co-create a future market that is a win-win scenario for everyone, across the value chain – offering the ecosystem the ability to grow and expand on a global scale.
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