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 →

Creating value from values – Simon Susman, Chairman, Woolworths

April 19, 2016
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Improving business leadership and ethical practices are key to running a sustainable and enterprising business in the 21st century. Companies need to not only deliver shareholder value in terms of revenue, but also have effective governance structures, and demonstrate societal and environmental value for clients, employees and communities. Millennials are also changing organisations as their.. read more →

PPPs and effective partnering – how government and business should work better 

April 19, 2016
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Public-Private Partnerships have been touted as the solution to South Africa’s onerous infrastructure development needs. However, a typical PPP, as per Treasury Regulation 16 to the Public Finance Management Act, has no less than six distinct phases with approval gates at each stage. Add to this the likelihood that significant investors could be foreign nationals.. read more →

Addressing talent transformation in Cape Town

April 19, 2016
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2016 kicked off with a few unfortunate racist incidents highlighting that while South Africa has made progress in the past 22 years, issues of racial inequality are still prevalent and our rainbow nation requires a collaborative effort to keep shining. From a racial point of view, Cape Town is additionally challenged with our apartheid spatial.. read more →

Message from the CEO

April 19, 2016
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South Africa is in an interesting period politically and economically and whilst I remain concerned, I am also optimistic about our future. The Rand is currently one of the most volatile currencies globally, but has benefited from a recent uptick in commodity prices and is now back to pre-9/12 levels. This is certainly a very.. 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 →

Cape Town’s transport apps win global awards – can they help with our travel woes?

December 8, 2015
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Getting to work in Cape Town can be frustrating. With the highest traffic congestion in South Africa according to TomTom, and continuous Metrorail challenges from cable theft and vandalism, commuters can spend almost double their travel time during peak hours. Add to this the complexity that Cape Town’s population is growing 2 – 3% every.. read more →

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 →