Leadership Spotlight – Ryan Ravens, CEO Accelerate Cape Town

December 8, 2015
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On 1 September 2015, Ryan Ravens joined Accelerate Cape Town as our new CEO. Ryan has an interesting fusion of experience with an extensive entrepreneurial background – having founded a number of companies, but also having some key experience as the lead project manager for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, and a strategic role at.. 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 →

Message from the CEO

December 8, 2015
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The past three months, since my tenure began on the 1st September, have certainly been interesting and eventful! As you may know, I accepted the opportunity to lead Accelerate Cape Town at fairly short notice and then embarked on the frantic process of relocating from Johannesburg within two weeks before assuming duties in the new.. read more →

The Ocean Economy – economic value vs environmental impact

December 7, 2015
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South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute R177 billion to GDP by 2033 – an attractive prospect given our lacklustre economic outlook. But the ocean economy is a fragile ecosystem and economic value should be extracted responsibly. This will require striking a balance between economic and environmental impacts; extensive collaboration; and regulatory innovation. This.. 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 →

AGM 2015: Trevor Ncube calls on corporate SA to speak out

August 6, 2015
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Trevor Ncube, entrepreneur and publisher of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper addressed corporate leaders on their silence on key threats to the country’s economic longevity. Speaking at the Accelerate Cape Town AGM, Ncube appealed to big business to speak out more. “We have a leadership crisis in South Africa”, he said “but it is.. read more →

Leadership Spotlight: Lizé Lambrechts, CEO of Santam

August 6, 2015
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Tell us about your company and your role? Santam is the country’s largest general insurer with its headquarters based in the Western Cape. The company employs over 5 000 staff across the country and works through intermediaries to sell insurance. I am the Chief Executive Officer and I see my role as creating real value.. read more →

The value of an aerotropolis for Cape Town International Airport

August 6, 2015
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Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport together with regional partners are currently exploring options to develop an aerotropolis as part of a general strategy to unlock the growth potential of Cape Town and the Western Cape. Aerotropoli have evolved globally at major international airports such as Dubai International, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Singapore Changi.. read more →

Message from the CEO

August 6, 2015
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This week we had our 2015 AGM with Trevor Ncube and it is fitting that this is my last engagement with Accelerate Cape Town. As you may know, I have accepted a role as CEO of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and will be moving to New Zealand. Accelerate Cape Town is in the.. read more →

Fintech – what’s happening in Cape Town to support this disruption?

August 6, 2015
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Fintech or financial technology is disrupting traditional banking. It is the use of software solutions for financial transactions such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, Wonga and M-Pesa and a myriad of other innovative solutions – see KPMG Best Fintech Innovators 2014. In 2014, fintech investment in the US tripled from to $9.89 billion with Europe.. read more →