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

Deadline: 25 August 2016
You are invited to submit proposals to change the alcoholic beverage industry. Depending on the maturity of the proposed solution, the challenge owner will consider the following commercial arrangements: Research Partnership, Joint venture, Equity investment; and Outright IP acquisition.
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Deadline: 26 August 2016
It takes more than just grit and passion to run a great small business. For the businesses that put in more, there’s the Small Business Awards on 702 with Sage One. If you know of a small business that exceeded your expectations and left you wanting more, tell us about them. We’ll reward them for being more than just a business.
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Deadline: 23 September 2016
The National Business Awards recognise the success, innovation and ethics of South African companies and organisations across all industry sectors. Now in its 14th year, the awards are presented to honour South Africa’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.
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Deadline: 7 October 2016
The South African Small Business Awards recognises the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional business people behind these successful and growing businesses.
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Upcoming Events

25 – 26 August 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
DEMO Africa aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.
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30 August 2016
East London, South Africa
This session will provide a platform to bring business women together to address the challenges they face and communicate possible solutions. It will facilitate access to business information and opportunities for female entrepreneurs to promote participation in the economy.
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20 – 22 September 2016
Nairobi, Kenya
Innovation Africa 2016 will leverage its position as the continent’s number one high level ministerial forum to ensure the participation of over 40 countries with 90 ministerial invitations. It is now Africa’s ‘must participate’ event for education, innovation and ICT.
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21 – 24 September 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa’s premier innovation event of the year brings together thought leaders and practitioners in the field of innovation to showcase success stories, share lessons learnt, connect with peers, be inspired by those who keep on moving and practice by doing innovation!
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Eureka! Newsletter

Read the April 2016 edition of the newsletter by the Institute of Inventors and Innovators.


View an infographic on Philips South Africa’s Innovation Research study.

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