Innovation Challenge for SMEs

Innovation Challenge for SMEs


Telkom has announced the Open Innovation Mega Challenge to all South African innovators, calling on them to think innovatively about Telkom.

The company has invited all small and medium business, universities, research institutes, not-for-profit organisations, start-ups, individual inventors and innovators to collaborate with Telkom by responding to the challenge with innovative proposals for technologies and solutions.

Steve Lewis, Telkom’s managing executive of Product House, says, “As a facilitator of the innovative spirit, Telkom has always endeavoured to inculcate innovation into its business operations.”

The challenge set by Telkom is based on a theme of products for the future that will stimulate and drive broadband growth.

The focus areas include, but are not limited to, convergence; cloud solutions; vertical segment solutions; machine to machine solutions, smart buildings and smart cities.

Judging criteria

Entries are judged on:

  • Innovation
  • Feasibility
  • Commercial viability
  • Market appeal.

They also have to directly benefit economic growth and social development and also stimulate broadband penetration.

R200 000 worth of cash prizes and Telkom products and services will be awarded for the three best submissions.

Closing date for submissions is 30 November and winners will be announced at the end of March 2014. You can enter by clicking here.


Alison Job
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