Innovation Festival, where Innovation is the order of the day


Innovation, essential networking, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, science, technology, good food and hook-ups are in integral part of this inventive new festival.

The Innovation Festival which runs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 is the latest addition to The Innovation Hub’s innovation ecosystem. Supported by the City of Tshwane, the Festival is designed to provide an audience of all ages a rare opportunity to experience how Gauteng is enabling technologies which are positively impacting industry and changing the world. It is a platform for incredible innovative technologies and programmes being developed on the African soil and forward thinking and brightest communities to come together.

The Innovation Festival is designed to provide you with the rare opportunity to experience first-hand how Gauteng is at the forefront of enabling technologies which are impacting industry and changing society. We want to engage with forward thinking, innovative communities and expose them to the incredible technology and programmes that are being developed on African soil. From smart industries to bio economy and green technology.

This is not a conference. It’s an open, interactive week of hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, technology showcases and pop-up presentations. The Innovation Festival will provide a unique experience for entrepreneurs, industry, innovators, researchers, public sector, youth and geeks. The event will run during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014. 

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Themes and Format

 The Innovation Festival will be a public, free access event run over 5 days on key themes: innovation, entrepreneurship, youth, women in innovation, clean tech, biotech, ICT and smart industries.

Mon 17 Nov Tue 18 Nov Wed 19 Nov Thu 20 Nov Fri 21 Nov


Innovation Festival

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Individual Events to register for at The Innovation Festival


Date: 17 November 2014

Time: 13:00 -15:30

Venue: Auditorium 1

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The workshop is targeted at SMMEs and entrepreneurs and will focus on the following topics presented by industry leaders:

  • The role of coaching and mentorship for entrepreneurial teams
  • The role of design as a tool for harnessing your business model
  • Pitching 101 – What you need to know to build the perfect pitch
  • Case Study: The innovation process and successes thereof



Date: 17 November 2014

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: Auditorium 1

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The OpenIX Tech Auction is one of the flagship events of Innovation Festival 2014. For two hours leading researchers and technology entrepreneurs from across the Gauteng province will present on ready-to-commercialise opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and industry partners. See more Technology Offers and Challenges from Gauteng universities, Eskom and leading FMCG and chemicals companies.

There are three ways to participate in the OpenIX Tech Auction and Innovation Festival 2014.

Attend Tech Auction on 17 Nov

Our previous Tech Auction had over 100 registrations and space is limited. Investors, entrepreneurs, civil servants and industry research teams looking for new opportunities and technologies to get a competitive edge are all welcome to attend.

Register now to book your Tech Auction seat.



Date: 19 November 2014

Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: Auditorium 1

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The Women In Tech day will catalyse and foster women entrepreneurs in the ICT Sector. This day will mobilise, support and ensure active economic participation of women in the sector through the creation of enabling mechanism for enterprise development and acceleration of women enterprises. This initiative will create a conducive platform for a critical mass of women to venture into the creation of innovative ICT solutions and afford professionals to start their own enterprises that will compete in the mainstream economy.



Date: 20 November 2014

Venue: Auditorium 2

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

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About VC4Africa meetups

Venture Capital for Africa ( is the largest online community connecting African entrepreneurs and investors. Our meetups serve as an additional networking venue where VC4Africa members and supporters meet face to face to share thoughts and ideas. There are no speeches and no agenda which allows for lots of networking and info swapping. Just remember, at VC4Africa meetups everyone is expected to pay for their own drinks ;-)At the meetups on November 20th we’ve chosen one central question: “What do you see as actions to take (as an individual or with the wider community) to multiply investments in African startups over the next year?” VC4Africa will collect the output from these discussions across the world.



Date: 21 November 2014

Venue: Piazza (Tent)

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

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What is The Hookup Dinner?

A growing entrepreneurial networking initiative with a global vision on building a culture of entrepreneurship founded by DrLifesgud and produced in collaboration with 6 startups who are powered by SAB Kickstart.

It gives startups from across the country a platform from which to connect, engage and contribute to each others’ success, while also providing entrepreneurs with a valuable interface to corporate South Africa.

The concept, which takes on a dynamic, yet relaxed and informal dinner format, was brought to life in 2012 and has since evolved into a market place where organisations find entrepreneurs with whom to partner in their economic empowerment programmes.  The first Friday of the month, startups from across South Africa and Africa gather at The Hookup Dinner to network and explore collaborative opportunities.Our aim is to have an active, vibrant, connected, well-networked and economically active tribe of 1 million startups across the African continent by 2020.


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