What to expect at SA Innovation Summit 2020 virtual edition

CAPE TOWN –The largest start-up event in Africa, the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS), will showcase African innovation in their first-ever virtual event from September 30 to October 1.

SAIS’s focus is on local entrepreneurs in the tech industry from all stages in the entrepreneurial life cycle.

This year’s programme is filled with panel discussions, pitch battles, demos and exhibitions.

“Attending the Summit (last year) was extremely rewarding; if it was only to hang around with like-minded people and listen to the inspiring speakers that would have been enough but taking part in, and winning, one of the pitching competitions was the cherry on the cake,” said Giancarlo Bruno, Director of Intelligent Safe Technologies.

“The biggest impact that the Summit had on our business was having the opportunity to substantially accelerate our development with the prize money earned. Another benefit was being introduced to a range of people who would never have come across our product in their normal day-to-day activities,” he said.


SAIS has also chosen to partner with African News Agency as a media partner to help amplify this year’s event.

“The African News Agency is honoured and excited to confirm its strategic partnership with the South African Innovation Summit. We value this relationship and look forward to supporting the innovation and technology sectors, as well as entrepreneurs and SMMEs through this long-term partnership,” said ANA CEO, Vasantha Angamuthu.

“Covid-19 has presented many challenges for businesses, but new opportunities also arise as we see events such as this Summit move into the virtual space, opening it up to even greater participation.

“Both through our journalism and our marketing programmes – and with our extensive reach on the African continent and here in South Africa – we at ANA believe we have a critical role to play in supporting the ecosystem of start-ups, innovators and technology players,” she said.


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