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The relationship between business, government and academia is vital to economies, especially those that require high levels of socio-economic transformation. At Accelerate Cape Town, we believe that these three stakeholders should collaborate to positively contribute to the socio-economic transformation South Africa so desperately needs.

We work to create an ecosystem in which engagement between business, government and the Western Cape’s four universities is synergetic and highly impactful.

Accelerate Cape Town’s Business Leadership Programme aims to:

  • Stimulate robust discussion on issues such as governance and ethics and also, to hold government accountable on these critical issues
  • Connect Business, Government and Higher Education to find opportunities to collaborate and co-create, generating greater economies of scale
  • Tap into the depth of expertise found in universities, ensuring we remain innovative and relevant as a city


Business in Cape Town has challenges with the attraction and retention of talent, specifically of skilled black talent. To support our members’ Human Capital programmes, Accelerate Cape Town hosts a number of initiatives to engage and support young professionals.

These engagements provide a large vibrant forum for young professionals in Cape Town to network, as well as intimate dinners for our Sponsor companies where young professionals can debate issues such as transformation and career progression. The aim of the Human Capital programme is to:

  • Address issues of transformation in Cape Town
  • Provide a dialogue between business and academia to address issues impacting on graduate placement and work readiness
  • Provide a cross-sector engagement for HR professionals in Cape Town through workshops
  • Provide a networking platform for newly relocated staff of our member companies


Access to good quality transport systems is a core component of any prosperous, equitable and sustainable society. This includes access into a city by air, as well as the network of transport systems around a city including both public transport and road networks for private use.

Traffic congestion in Cape Town is the highest in South Africa according to TomTom, and with Metrorail’s challenges from cable theft and vandalism, commuters can spend almost double their travel time during peak hours. As part of the Transport program, Accelerate Cape Town has launched a Transport Project Office (TPO), a progressive initiative, which aims to co-ordinate corporate leadership and action in relation to the transport challenges and opportunities in the Cape Town city-region. The aim of the programme and TPO is to:

  • Address traffic congestion and find solutions to the problem in an effort to enhance business productivity
  • Encourage behavioural change amongst commuters
  • Foster a spirit of collaboration amongst corporate Cape Town, encouraging them to consider innovative and alternative transport solutions to ease congestion
  • Forming part of steering committees in projects such as the aerotropolis at Cape Town International Airport

Enterprise & Supplier

South Africa 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 efficiencies 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.

Identified as a key economic driver globally, the development of SMEs is probably the most meaningful way to grow a more diverse and sustainable economic landscape for South Africa. Accelerate Cape Town’s Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programme aims to build more sustainable sectors in an effort to encourage greater, socioeconomic transformation. The ESD programme aims to:

  • Identify suitable (risk averse) supply chain opportunities for emerging suppliers
  • Find suitable suppliers that could be developed and upscaled into larger businesses
  • Support the in-house SME training programmes of our member companies


New technologies are constantly being presented and digital transformation is now a priority for most business leaders. Emerging technology such as IoT, AI, machine learning, advanced robotics and 3D printing are being adopted in the workplace and through high-performance computing, are creating data-driven efficiencies and transforming businesses across the globe.

In addition to its role in business, Accelerate Cape Town believes that technology has the potential to build a future-proof city and we engage the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government on their digital strategies and initiatives, in an effort to build a more efficient and sustainable city. The aim of our Technology Programme is to:


  • Showcase emerging technologies and their impact on business
  • Showcase various digital initiatives and opportunities across the City and Province through our events and workshops
  • Provide a conduit for business to engage with the public sector and strengthen collaboration
  • Facilitate and accelerate initiatives to position Cape Town as Africa’s first Smart City



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Green Point, 8005

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