Global Innovation Expert – module Cape Town (completed)

Cape Town/South Africa on March 8/9, 2018: A 2-day seminar has provided valuable insights into the highly dynamic and very specific innovation ecosystem of Africa's most southern city. A start-up system which is trying to solve many of Africa's most pressing problems and at the same time trying to create global standards.

Cape Town/South Africa on March 8/9, 2018,

Learning from African Hotspots

Emerging countries have become part of the inter-linked global society, with digitization and globalization as its driving forces.
 In African countries, a dynamic innovation culture has emerged. Companies, private initiatives, universities and a new start-up scene collaborate, interlink and co-create.

To understand the “African rising” story, you have to look at its digital hotspots. Cape Town is one of them.

Behind the scenes – Cape Town

Cape TownCape Town has a favorable business culture, an entrepreneurial spirit, four strong universities and an iconic landscape. And it is the southernmost part of a rising continent looking for new solutions.

Most entrepreneurial investments in Cape Town are tech-enabled and solving problems unique to the African continent. As a result, Cape Town has not yet been in the spotlight of global attention. Maybe this being one of the reasons that Cape Town has emerged as a very specific and highly innovative ecosystem.

Global Innovation Expert

Global Innovation Expert is featuring the innovation ecosystem of Cape Town in a 2-day seminar on March 8th/9th, 2018.

Global Innovation Expert is an international executive education program focusing on innovation management. Two-day seminars are taking place in Vienna, San Francisco, Shanghai, Nairobi and herewith Cape Town, presenting the different innovation cultures from Europe, the US, China and Africa. The Global Innovation Expert’s partner universities are Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna, Berkeley University of California, Shanghai University and Strathmore Business School.

ECOTEC has contributed to set up of the program in Cape Town. ECOTEC’s partner IO InnovationOrbit e.U. is the organizer of the program.

Where and when?

March 8th/9th, 2018

Workshop 17
V&A Waterfront
Dock Road (alongside Ferryman’s Pub)
Cape Town/South Africa

Workshop 17, Cape Town



Thursday, March 8, 2018

1 The African start-up revolution – by Marcello Schermer
2 Impact Venture Capital and Corporate Innovation in Africa – by Zachariah George
3 Thoughts on cashless payments in South Africa – by Rupert Sully
4 How to scale training and education, ‘We Think Code’ – Tour
by Arlene Mulder
5 Corporate Innovation, an incubator perspective – by Philip Marais
6 Turning a crisis into an opportunity: Cape Town’s water crises – by George Gabriel
EVNING: Special Dinner

Friday, March 9, 2018

7 South African start-up success stories
by Vuyisa Qabaka
8 Insights into investing in African start-ups
by Alexandra Fraser
9 Innovation in distribution for informal markets
by Arnaud Blanchet
10 The township economy at RLabs
by Marlon Parker
11 DroneClouds – Can innovations contribute to resolve the water crises? (tbc)

Saturday/Sunday, March 10/11, 2017

Optional: Tour and wine tasting in Cape Town’s winelands
List of Speakers GIE Cape Town
Faculty / List of Speakers

Who should join the seminar?

Participants come from the private and the public sector, being entrepreneurs and managers responsible for innovation strategies, executives from research institutions, and other persons in leadership positions who are interested in innovations cultures or start-up ecosystems.

Seminar fee

The fee is 1.800 Euro plus VAT. The 2-day program, full-day catering, site visits and one evening event is included.


If interested, please apply here. The number of participants is limited to 16 persons.

application has been closed.

For more information

You are welcome to contact us:

Hans Stoisser,, +43 676 9200200
Ludovit Garzik, 

Further information to the whole seminar series you also get at