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Bright Ideas At The 10th SA Innovation Summit

Bright ideas will be shared at the SA Innovation Summit, taking place from 6 to 8 September 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium.

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Bright ideas will be shared at the SA Innovation Summit, taking place from 6 to 8 September 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium. Corporates, investors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers are invited to gather from around the globe to network, collaborate and discuss strategies that leverage technology to create and deliver African solutions to future challenges.

The SA Innovation Summit has grown exponentially from hosting 70 people at its first event in 2007, to a massive gathering which was attended by 3500 people from 19 countries last year. Now in its tenth year, the SA Innovation Summit is set to grow even bigger, with 21 African countries already interested in participating and a stellar line-up of speakers booked.

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The theme for this year is ‘Innovation Revolution.’ SA Innovation Summit Chairman, Audrey Verhaeghe says, “We are standing at the cusp of the fourth Industrial Revolution and the tech entrepreneur is central to future economic growth, innovation and change. Big business and policy makers cannot miss this important opportunity to engage entrepreneurs as they think creatively and strategically about solutions for our future.”

The first two days of the Summit, 6 to 7 September 2017, will offer a host of international and local speakers at Plenary sessions, including Founder and CEO of AngelHack, Sabeen Ali and Ran Neu-Ner, Co-CEO of The Creative Counsel. This will be followed by Breakaway sessions where conversations will centre around six core tracts; FinTech, BioTech, AgriTech, EduTech, Cities of the Future and Space (including big data, artificial intelligence and robotics). Participants can also look forward to business match making opportunities, round table discussions and demonstrations. On the final day of the Summit, 8 September 2017, delegates will travel by bus around Cape Town on an Innovation Ecosystem Tour, where they will visit workshops, incubators and start-up communities for an inside perspective into the practical aspects of innovation.

The Summit will once again include a Pitching Den, Inventors Garage, Hackathon and CEO Panel Debate, all providing unique opportunities for great ideas to be shared and taken from concept to market. This year’s Market on the Edge, is dedicated to the youth, with schools showcasing their entrepreneurial talent.

“Following an incredibly successful Innovation Summit last year, we are looking forward to creating an even better platform for tech entrepreneurs to network and pitch their ideas to investors, ensuring that they are practically implemented to help solve challenges and move Africa forward,” concludes Verhaeghe.

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Tickets for the SA Innovation Summit can be purchased online at www.innovationsummit.co.za. When buying five or more tickets, a 10% group discount applies. Students qualify for discounted tickets and access to the Market on the Edge is open to members of the public who can purchase entry tickets at the door.

For more information on the 2017 SA Innovation Summit, please visit www.innovationsummit.co.za or email info@innovationsummit.co.za or call +27 82 708 1960.

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5 Ways SMMEs Can Best Use An Incubation Centre

Here are some tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of these incubation centres.

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Incubation centres play a meaningful role – not only in South Africa but around the world – as they groom SMMEs and give them access to opportunities that will help them survive in a competitive marketplace. These centres help entrepreneurs modernise their businesses with world-class technology, while providing insights that can help turn ideas into products. Incubation centres offer infrastructure and support, knowledge-sharing and a unique environment that helps strengthen their businesses.

Earlier this month, Cisco South Africa launched its R10 million Edge Incubation Centre in Pretoria where 30 SMMEs per year will have the opportunity to make use of the platform and speed up their entry to market. The centre gives SMMEs access to complete business facilities including workspaces, video conferencing and collaboration platforms, boardroom and training facilities, and access to global Cisco experts who can help them develop business ideas in a digital world.

Here are some tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of these incubation centres:

1. Collaboration

Gain insights from global experts using the latest Webex technology and collaborate with other SMMEs. Utilise the meeting spaces to drive commercial sales initiatives with the help of business support facilities.

2. Resources & Equipment

Make use of laboratories and tools like cloud-based facilities, smart interactive whiteboards for content sharing, video conferencing, and meeting rooms. Utilise the high-tech customer demo centre as a practice platform.

Related: The Definitive List Of South African Business Incubators For Start-Ups

3. Support

Take advantage of the enablement programmes as well as the ongoing training and development. Knowledge transfer will always help your business. Utilise the technical support and business insights to grow your business and make it competitive in the digital economy.

4. Connectivity

This is your main tool in a digital marketplace. Make use of the high-speed broadband facilities and develop your digital skills because you will need it.

5. Sales

Don’t forget to utilise the pre-sales support as this may give you the edge in the marketplace. Gain insights and experience and use it to your advantage.

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9 In 10 Workers Want A Festive Gift From Their Employer To Make Them Feel Valued

29% Would like to receive vouchers from their company.

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As the festive season approaches, digital print company instantprint have revealed what managers can be doing to show staff they are appreciated.

Over 9 in 10 workers (94%) want a gift from their employers to make them feel valued, appreciated and happy this Christmas.

The research, which surveyed 1,500 UK office workers, also revealed the most in demand gifts that employees would like to receive from their employers:

  • 29% would like a gift voucher
  • 8% would like an early finish
  • One in five (20%) would like a free bar at the company Christmas party
  • One in ten (10.3%) would like a physical gift
  • 7% would like a charitable donation to be made in their name.

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Different sections of the workforce had varying demands. IT professionals would prefer an early finish this festive period, with 35% in the IT department choosing this as their ideal Christmas gift.

Senior management seem to have a more selfless approach to the gifts they would like to receive. One in ten (11%) said they would like a charitable donation to be made in their name, compared to the average demand for this present of just 7%.

There was some difference between men and women too. Women are the ones really pressing for gift vouchers, with 33% saying they are the ideal present, compared to just 23% of men. Male employees seem to prefer a free bar, with 22% choosing this, compared to just 18% of women.

James Kinsella, CEO and Co-founder of instantprint, said about the research:

“Most organisation take part in the festive period, with decorations, Christmas parties and office Secret Santas.

“But this research highlights how important a small show of gratitude can be for your workforce. Something as simple as an early finish, free bar at a party or a Christmas gift voucher can make employees feel valued and appreciated. This in turn can help boost employee morale, loyalty and productivity in the workplace.”

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South African Students To Battle In Universities Business Challenge To Win Up To R50 000

Students will compete in a simulation that encourages business skills.

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Cognity Advisory’s Universities Business Challenge (UBC), sponsored by General Electric (GE), launched in July this year, has seen 500 students from 13 different universities across South Africa participate in a business simulation competition, that’s designed to develop their entrepreneurship skills. The challenge is now down to just 10 teams from five different universities (approximately 50 students), who will travel to Johannesburg to compete in the two-day final event on the 5 and 6th December 2018.

The ten teams competing in the final includes three teams from the North West University, two from Mangosuthu University of Technology, two from the Vaal University of Technology, two from the University of Limpopo and one from The University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN). These teams will be competing for the chance to win up to R50,000.

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The aim of the UBC, now in its second year in South Africa and 20th year globally, is to tackle South Africa’s high level of youth unemployment. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced that South Africa’s official unemployment rate increased by 0.3 of a percentage point to 27.5% in the third quarter of 2018.

The competition simulates a business environment, with students given a problem to solve. The simulation is designed to foster skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving, commercial awareness and team-working. The challenge is designed to empower young people and equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in business.

Tope Toogun, development advisor and CEO of Cognity Advisory says, “Students are very prepared in terms of theory when they leave university, but not the practical skills they need to start and run a business. Seeing as SMEs make up 90 percent of formal businesses it’s really important that these students know how to build a business on their own or at the very least, in small teams.”

Toogun explains how the simulation encourages business skills, “The students competing in the challenge learn all about managing people, customer service, working in teams and how to create a start up without even realising they are being exposed to all these skills. These are the skills that will separate the members in the final. Students must work as a team and make instinctive decisions.”

Cognity Advisory is engaging students through social media competitions and newsletter updates. These competitions include spot prizes for students who post an image or video and receive the highest engagement on it.

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