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October 2017

Welcome to Cape Town

October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We look forward to hosting our second Welcome to Cape Town event, an engagement for senior employees of Cape Town's biggest corporates, who have recently relocated to Cape Town. The event, which acts as a networking platform, provides professionals with an opportunity to meet peers outside of the office environment and hear about some of the exciting initiatives that are happening in and around the city of Cape Town. Please join us for the evening where you’ll get to meet…

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November 2017

AI, Robotics and Automation

November 3 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Webber Wentzel, Convention Tower, Heerengracht Street
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001 South Africa
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The World Economic Forum states that by 2025, 30% of corporate audits will be performed by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and additional research shows that Digital Transformation is now a priority for most business leaders. From intelligent assistants, Siri and Alexa, to IBM’s Watson for oncology – whose successful diagnosis rate for lung cancer is 90% compared to 50% from human doctors – Industry 4.0 is no longer a ‘future trend’, but rather the ‘here-and-now’. Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, machine…

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Building Bridges Between SMEs and Corporates Through ESD

November 10 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 am

SA desperately needs jobs and economic development but with government coming under increasing pressure to reduce its wage bill, and the corporate sector similarly pushing for greater efficiency in a recessionary economy, the only remaining hope for job growth is the SME sector. In order to significantly grow SMEs, we need to provide them with access to market opportunities, finance, technical support, and mentorship. Since the revised B-BBEE codes came into effect, many corporates have ventured down the path toward…

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SA’s influence on Africa’s Growth Trajectory – A Discussion with Maria Ramos

November 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

South Africa has long held the promise of being the driving force behind Africa’s economic resurgence. However, geopolitical shifts and the impact this has on the global economy, as well as South Africa’s economic strain resulting from political instability and an imminent ratings downgrade, have called into question not only global sentiment about Africa’s growth trajectory, but also the potential for South Africa to be the gateway to the continent. Earlier this year, Barclays announced its exit from the African…

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Inspiration Session

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Allan Gray, 1 Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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The Accelerate Cape Town Inspiration Sessions are large networking events for young professionals with an inspiring speaker or speakers followed by a cocktail event and hosted by Allan Gray. They aim to address key needs expressed by young black professionals living in the Cape Town region: To meet their contemporaries and build networks with their peers and other aspirational professionals To find inspirational mentors, particularly senior black business leaders To be exposed to business leadership and opportunities through these networking…

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