Western Cape moving in right direction in terms of innovation

March 18, 2015
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The Western Cape is moving in the right direction in terms of innovation and entrepreneurial success, says Chris Whelan, CEO of  Accelerate Cape Town. Chris said in an interview with Business Day that the province had so many of the ingredients necessary for a successful and growing region, including a large number of National Research Foundation.. read more →

A Strategic Approach to Innovation: Driving Business and Economies

March 16, 2015
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Innovation is a key driver in business success. Disruptive strategies, such as Apple’s, completely change industries. Innovative companies anticipate future trends to meet future demand, whilst also responding to current market drivers. But innovation can be challenging with no guarantees of success unless you adopt a systematic approach championed by strong leadership and the right.. read more →

Deloitte Western Cape Funding Fair 2015

January 20, 2015
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Deloitte, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), have launched the Deloitte Western Cape Funding Fair and invite bankable and sustainable, profit-seeking projects and businesses based in the Western Cape that require a minimum of R10 million in funding, to submit their project details and apply for funding via.. read more →

Innovation is South Africa’s potential economic killer app

October 10, 2014
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South Africa needs purpose-driven innovation as a key lever  to accelerate its expansion, inclusiveness and stability. This presents the private sector – which contributes 70% of South Africa’s GDP – with an exciting opportunity to translate innovation’s economic promise into reality. Businesses not only focus on generating profits, but also on the creation of new and improved.. read more →

CEO Panel SA Innovation Summit: Policies for innovation to thrive

September 23, 2014
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The 7th South Africa Innovation Summit (SAIS) was hosted in Cape Town for the first time from 16 – 18 Sept 2014, and Accelerate Cape Town partnered with SAIS on the CEO Panel Discussion. This CEO Panel was moderated by Dr Francis Petersen, National Advisory Council of Innovation and featured the following speakers to discuss innovation.. read more →

Smart Cities and Design as a key lever for Change

February 27, 2014
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On 25 February, Accelerate Cape Town held a Thought Leaders event, sponsored by Arup to look at Smart Cities and the role of design in transforming cities.  With 80% of all urban growth over the next 20 years taking place in Asia and Africa, Chris Whelan, CEO of Accelerate Cape Town said South African business.. read more →

WDC 2014 and the City of Cape Town Projects

February 20, 2014
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One of Mayor Patricia de Lille’s objectives of World Design Capital 2014 is to develop a culture of design thinking within the public sector and entrench the use of design processes to provide solutions for communities.  But what is design thinking as a business solution and what is the City of Cape Town doing to.. read more →

Showcasing South Africa’s Business Innovation Story

February 7, 2014
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South Africa fosters a culture of innovation that is key to its future success. ‘Welcome to South African Excellence’ is a first ever publication showcasing the modern, innovative and globally competitive side of South Africa. The book will focus on innovation and design thinking, and will incorporate compelling South African business stories aligned to the key themes.. read more →

Africa’s first major Museum of Contemporary Art set for the V&A’s Grain Silo

December 8, 2013
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V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz recently announced a unique partnership to create a major new cultural institution of cutting edge contemporary art from Africa. The museum will be named Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in honour of the renowned Zeitz Collection, which will form the museum’s founding collection. Zeitz MOCAA will be.. read more →

AGM 2013 focuses on business innovation as the strategic driver of economic growth

August 22, 2013
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Having a vision, dreaming big and thinking inclusively with that vision, a focus on technology innovation and business partnering meaningfully with government, Higher Education and civil society were the central themes of Accelerate Cape Town’s AGM held on 20 Aug 2013 and sponsored by Nedbank, Old Mutual and Distell. In his address, Accelerate Cape Town’s CEO,.. read more →