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SA Innovation Summit 2023: Igniting Africa’s Innovation Frontier


Over 3000 innovators are expected to gather in Cape Town on the 27 – 28th of September.

The African tech arena is brimming with potential for homegrown startups, offering enormous scope for development and novelty. African entrepreneurs are spearheading pioneering solutions as state-of-the-art progressions like AI, blockchain, renewable energy, and more are molding the continent’s future. 

To harness these possibilities and magnify their influence, startups seek a platform to link them with troubleshooters, mentors, and key players who can accelerate their growth. Within this buzzing tech environment, the esteemed SA Innovation Summit is marking its 16th iteration, proving itself an essential stimulus for advancement.

From September 26th through the 29th, 2023, a multitude of visionaries, game-changers, and leaders of thought will gather in Cape Town. The four-day event offers a perfect platform for startups to cooperate, exchange ideas, and establish links that spur enduring expansion. 

Additionally, the summit creates opportunities for content creators to secure their place and amplify their voices, adding to the ever-growing expanse of possibilities in the African tech field. Prepare yourself for an unparalleled experience as the SA Innovation Summit 2023 (SAIS’23) takes center stage in the picturesque city of Cape Town, uniting 3,000 participants, top-notch speakers, advanced exhibitors, and thrilling side events. This event marks the paramount gathering of the most brilliant minds in technology, entrepreneurship, investment, policymaking, and thought leadership.

SAIS’23 is fueled by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) with a core objective to uplift startups and ignite the economy’s innovative spirit. Against this backdrop, the vibrant city of Cape Town emerges as an ideal setting and an inherent hosting partner. 

This year’s itinerary features a captivating array of panel discussions, masterclasses, keynote speeches, pitch battles, exhibitions, networking events, and various entertaining activities.

Under the banner “[Explore] Africa’s Innovation Frontier,” SAIS’23 stands for innovation, collaboration, and co-creation. Buntu Majaja, CEO of SAIS, stated, “Participants will get the opportunity to applaud, assist, or invest in the trailblazers of Africa’s Innovation Frontier and have a significant hand in forming the future of our continent.”

The Mother City will resonate with innovation all week, with over ten side events from Century City to Khayelitsha, and Gardens to Woodstock, helping to transform views about the African tech scene. 

Our partners, Uvu Africa, Specno, and Holocene, and SAIS’23’s exclusive IP Law Partner, Von Seidels, are all committed to hosting focused side events to provide expert knowledge on the challenges and opportunities confronting the continent’s innovators.

The 16th Annual Summit includes a Corporate Innovation Day, jointly hosted by the African innovation-strategy advisory firm Research Institute of Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) and the international market research company Frost and Sullivan. This exclusive event allows business leaders, executives, futurists, and directors to explore how innovation revolutionizes value chains and unveils new potential across our continent.

Over 120 speakers are slated to share their experiences and insights on:

DIGITAL AND DEEP TECH AFRICA – Peer into the future of the digital universe, encompassing AI, machine learning, robotics, next-gen connectivity, and blockchain.

Green Nexus tech: Acquire a new understanding of renewable energy, cutting-edge battery technologies, biotechnology, and their interaction with water, energy, and food solutions for a sustainable African future.

Building of ecosystems: Understand the realities of constructing an ecosystem through the lens of international success stories, and learn about the forces propelling entrepreneurial growth across the continent.

Join influential figures at the forefront of Africa’s innovation at the SAIS’23 daily networking events, business matchmaking platform, and investor lounge. Experience the latest innovations at the International Pavilion, powered by notable entities like the Swiss Embassy, Innovate UK KTN, and the Namibia Investment Promotions and Development Board. 

“We believe scalable businesses and tech startups construct our continent and generate genuine economic value. We are privileged to collaborate annually with our partners to deliver an unrivaled experience in Cape Town,” shares Buntu Majaja, CEO of SAIS. 

“Real impact and a story that keeps retelling itself stem from deal-making – it genuinely requires an ecosystem to build a startup, and I eagerly anticipate being inspired by all the amazing individuals making it happen.”

As we unite to fortify scalable businesses and tech startups, we welcome you to join us in crafting the progression narrative and generating authentic economic value for our cherished continent. Let’s forge an impact legacy that echoes beyond the event itself, inspiring the world with our collective triumphs. See you at SAIS’23!

For more info and details on attendance, visit

The SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) supports entrepreneurs across all tech sectors, regardless of their growth stage, from inception to maturity. With its global reach and local concentration, SAIS finds its essence in its four fundamental pillars – ORIGINATE, SHOWCASE, CONNECT, and CAPACITATE. This annual event targets the enhancement of startup success and the stimulation of economic growth across Africa. It serves as a nexus for entrepreneurs, investors, large enterprises, policymakers, and thought leaders to inspire, network, learn, and spotlight Africa’s most promising talents and burgeoning technologies.

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