SA Innovation Summit competitions! Get your entry in now

The SA Innovation Summit is having two competitions for inventors, start-ups and high growth companies.

Finalists will be given the opportunity to present at the SA Innovation Summit at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg on 23 – 24 September 2016.

Pitching Den competition

This competition is open to high-growth startups, established companies and large corporates who are driving innovation on the African continent. “The Pitching Den was designed to recognise companies whose innovative tech-enabled solutions have the potential to make a significant positive impact on the growth of the continent,” says summit director, Audrey Verhaeghe. 

The overall winners will be announced at an award ceremony and stand a chance to win an overseas trip to meet international investors at Slush, a Finnish Innovation Conference supported by TEKES, PR exposure worth R200,000, the opportunity for IP consultation from Spoor & Fisher, matching making and acceleration, and more. Through their respective social innovation platforms, the SAB Foundation will support the best social innovation with a prize worth R50,000. 

The Innovation Edge will be looking for opportunities to invest up to R1 million in ideas that have the potential to radically change the early life experiences of children, giving the best possible start in life right from the start. In addition to funding, the Innovation Edge could offer innovators with promising ideas the chance to attend a week-long incubation bootcamp offered by {code}bridge in Cape Town.

Entries to the Pitching Den are made online. Finalists will be invited to pitch their business to a panel of judges at the main conference.

Inventor’s Garage competition

This competition is open to anyone with a working prototype or product from proven concept to early commercialisation – whether a kitchen or garage inventor, a business or a seasoned innovator. The first round of judging will then take place and those selected as semi-finalists will be invited to showcase their products or prototypes at the SA Innovation Summit’s Market on the Edge. This offers exposure, advice, mentorship and possible deal-making. The second round of judging happens at the Market on the Edge with initial entries also received online.

Both competitions close on 30 July 2016.

  • Entering one or both of the SA Innovation Summit Competitions give you the opportunity to win
  • Stand a chance to win an overseas trip to meet international investors in Europe
  • Showcase your technologies / ideas to a wider audience
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you will receive PR exposure to the value of R 200 000
  • Obtain access to funds and acceleration support (the judges will commit to second interviews if the pitches are of interest)
  • Tap into different markets (the audience will watch to make connections)
  • Gain access to technical expertise (advisers, IP specialists and venture capitalists)
  • Gain access to the Match and Invest Lounge, where key funders will be available for consultation (we put together a high impact group that would otherwise take years to identify and pitch to)
  • R 5 000 cash prize for the entry with the most likes on Facebook. (Inventors Garage Competition only)
  • Note: Some prizes are competition specific.

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Source, Innovation Summit and Bizcommunity