For the very first time in its 13-year history, the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) will be taking place virtually.

SAIS is the largest start-up event in Africa and takes place at the end of September 2020.

The SAIS Virtual 365 Edition will be connecting the start-up ecosystem across countries and continents. It will be a space to share experiences, think, create, learn and do.

The summit programme is packed with competitions, demos, exhibitions, pitch battles, panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops.

Additionally, it will offer a Match and Invest platform to help start-ups meet with the most suitable new business partners.

A cornerstone of this year’s Summit is the Start-Up to Scale-Up track.

It’s a deep dive into what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, with key insights and practical tools to help young African start-ups wanting to grow and expand their business beyond borders.

Another key focus area is Tech on the Rise which will explore new technologies and how they are changing our world and our lives.

September 29 will see 20 female-led start-ups pitching their business cases to potential investors during a Demo Day.

Running parallel to the speaker programme on the first day of the Summit will be the SA/Swiss Pitch Battle during which 10 South African and 10 Swiss start-ups will battle it out.

Twenty of the best innovations from across Africa will be featured in the Inventors Garage.

This is powered by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and will be held on the second day of the Summit.

A highlight of every Summit is the Africa Cup and this year will be no exception, with 12 start-ups disrupting traditional ways of doing business set to engage in an epic pitch battle in the Wizz Kids Pitching Den.

October 2 is BOOST UP Africa Day, concentrating on the African ecosystem.

SAIS Chairperson, Audrey Verhaeghe: “By pivoting our event and taking it online, we’ve had the opportunity to bring the global ecosystem together.

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