Launch of the Cape Town French Tech Hub is recognition of our innovative ecosystem

April 19, 2016
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France, while typically known for their food and wine, is emerging as a significant technology hub in Europe. In 2015, Cisco committed to spending $100 million on incubator and accelerator programs, following the then-CEO, John Chambers, visit to France and his positive impressions of their start-up activity. Deloitte’s Fast 500 EMEA 2015 also ranked France, for.. read more →

Business and University Innovation Workshop

February 16, 2016
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Our Western Cape universities are leading in South Africa and Africa. According to the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016, UCT and Stellenbosch University are the top 2 universities in Africa with UCT also being in the top 20 in the BRICS. Looking specifically at research and innovation, and patent activity of South African universities from 2009.. read more →

Digital Cape Town Workshop with the City of Cape Town

January 25, 2016
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As Digital Cape Town is one of Accelerate Cape Town’s key programmes, we hosted a workshop with the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government facilitated by Deloitte Digital to discuss Cape Town’s Digital Strategies. What was unique about this workshop is that it provided a platform for business to engage and input into.. read more →

Healthtech – Gartner global trend and Cape products meeting the demand

December 8, 2015
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The development of wearable technology to advance healthcare is a major healthtech trend as predicted by Gartner and the IDC. By 2018, 130 million wearables will be acquired by consumers, and Gartner states that by 2018, two million employees will be required to wear health and fitness tracking devices as a condition of employment. Devices can.. read more →

Global Tech Skills Shortage – what is being done in Cape Town?

December 8, 2015
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‘The largest inhibitor to the growth of IT service companies in South Africa is the access to suitably skilled resources. This manifests itself especially in the core software development skills like Java, .Net and mobile development’. These comments from Eric Veldboer, CEO of Alacrity, IT services and software solutions company, were echoed in our recent Digital.. read more →

Cape Town: Africa’s Pharma R&D and Healthtech hub?

November 17, 2015
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Africa’s pharmaceutical market is expected to grow to $40 – $65 billion by 2020 having grown 342.5% in 10 years. With four universities, key research institutions and world-class hospitals in the Cape Town city region, research into pharmaceuticals (for TB, HIV and malaria), biopharmaceuticals (developing plant based antibodies), nutraceuticals (from natural products and for indigenous.. read more →

Digital Cape Town: Creating a Smart City

October 20, 2015
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Globally the role of cities and metropolitan regions is increasing. With urbanisation being a reality, cities have to deal with greater transport congestion, waste disposal, provision of housing and utilities such as water and electricity. At the same time, technology has developed to such an extent that, as Gartner predicts the blurring of the physical.. read more →

Disney sees opportunities in creative Cape Town

August 6, 2015
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Cape Town is internationally known as a top 10 film production centre. Our natural beauty, diversity of cultures and abundance of creative skills ensures our positioning and continued growth of 14% per annum over the past 5 years. It is not only our lower production costs which are 40% cheaper than Europe and the USA,.. read more →

Accelerate Cape Town supports Ventureburn’s Startup Survey

April 23, 2015
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Ventureburn – in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony, and data gathering and analytics company Qurio, launched the Ventureburn Startup Survey 2015 this week and Accelerate Cape Town is supporting this initiative. Ventureburn, part of the Burn Media group, is an authority on recording the growth of startup and entrepreneurial activity in.. read more →

SKA: developing Cape Town as a big data and engineering hub

March 20, 2015
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. It also holds enormous potential to transform business and propel job creation and economic growth. To scope some of the near, mid, and long term opportunities, and how to harness them for competitive advantage, Accelerate Cape Town hosted a CEO dinner with Dr.. read more →