SA Innovation Summit 2020

Where great ideas make it

The SA Innovation Summit is the largest startup event in Africa. The Summit provides various platforms for developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating thought-leadership. We bring together top entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, policymakers and thought leaders to support startups and inspire sustained economic growth across Africa.

What to expect for the 2020 Summit?

As we enter a new decade, we have an exciting Summit planned showcasing tech from different spheres of industry. This year we will be going on-line and across the country and continent to find the most amazing tech and tech-enabled start-ups that are solving Africa’s problems. Find the right enabler, investor, corporate, or entrepreneur on our Match and Invest platform, geared to help you take your business forward.

We will take a deep dive into what it takes to become a Rockstar Entrepreneur in Africa and taking the business to the rest of the world.

Introducing Start-Up to Scale-Up: equipping the young start-up with the tools to grow and expand their business beyond borders.

The event will be extended by the launch of the SAIS Community, a platform offering year-long networking and matching, ongoing and regular virtual events and workshops as well as partner and start-up profiling and a marketplace.

Why attend the Summit?


In 2019, SA Innovation Summit took competitions to another level, to open markets further up Africa, to India, to Stuttgart and to Silicon Valley!

You would associate the Summit with the Pitching Den and the Inventors Garage, but in 2019, we are added more competitions for the tech entrepreneur! Africa is earmarked as fertile ground for startup investments. Through our competitions, we provide the space to link you, the entrepreneur – with investors, to connect you to the funding you need to scale your business.


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Apart from industry partnerships and investment opportunities, every entry gets exposure to different funding mechanisms, market and linkages. You should know by now that the SA Innovation Summit is a huge networking opportunity! Pitching or showcasing your innovative solution is not only a great experience to distill your value proposition, it is also to test it publicly or privately (only to investors) a space that is provided at the SA Innovation Summit!

This year the Start-up to Scale-up stream will support dreamers, launchers, and business scalers alike. An exciting line-up of world-class speakers, panel discussions and masterclasses for entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs. A deep dive into understanding what the customer wants, how to optimize your marketing and sales, better pitching, implementing tools that make your business more efficient, strategize your business expansion, new technologies and how to optimize them for your business and practical toolkits to help you take the business forward.

LEARN – Learn from the best and connect with the most influential people in the startup ecosystem

KNOW-HOW – Build entrepreneurial capacity through know-how

CONNECT – Find markets that will buy your product/ service

INVESTORS – Pitch to investors from seed to founders to series A rounds

MATCH & INVEST – Explore funding opportunities through our Match & Invest platform

INSPIRATION – Be inspired by and learn from founders and peers


Sep 30 - 8:00 - Oct 2, 2020 - 17:00
Organizer SA Innovation Summit
Website Visit website
Location Cape Town International Covention Centre
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Targets Africa
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