The Regional Innovation Forum is an initiative of a number of different stakeholders in the Nelson Mandela Bay / Sarah Baartman District Municipality area, under the auspices of the Department of Science and Technology.

Calls, Competitions & Events

28 February 2018, Johannesburg
This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together decision makers in the public and private sectors to address the benefits and challenges in effectively managing technology, innovation, people and systems for sustained organisational success.
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8 March 2018, Johannesburg
This Conference will give you the heads-ups and the platform to stay one step ahead of your competitors. Top quality speakers have been invited, and the subjects will be illuminating, to say the least. The Minister of Trade & Industry, Rob Davies, will be the key note speaker on the overarching subject of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and how he sees it impacting on the economy.
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Deadline: 9 March 2018
The focus of this programme is to accelerate the success and sustainability of small businesses who offer products and services that mitigate water challenges, and to connect these businesses to larger corporate and Public sector supply chains – thus creating a win-win scenario for all stakeholders.
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Deadline: 15 March 2018
Advantage Austria, the Technology Innovation Agency, Silicon Cape and RIIS are running an Open Innovation Challenge looking for innovative solutions in the area of agricultural water conservation and irrigation.
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Deadline: 22 March 2018
Epson, global innovators in printing and visual technologies, is supporting future entrepreneurs and start-up companies in South Africa, with the launch of its #EpsonEntrepreneur campaign. The campaign calls for South Africans to self-nominate or nominate budding entrepreneurs and start-up business owners by submitting a 300-word written business elevator pitch or 3-minute elevator pitch video of their business idea to the Epson South Africa Facebook Page.
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Deadline: 31 March 2018
The AI Revolution Challenge aims to uncover emerging African startups demonstrating the ability to lead the advancement of commercial applications on artificial intelligence. Sagarmatha are awarding an investment of $1M in cash plus marketing credits and prizes to a winning African startup.
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