Innovation Bridge

South Africa’s Technology Showcase and Matchmaking Event

The Innovation Bridge Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), aimed at enabling linkages and networking between South African and international innovators, industry and public and private technology development, and commercialisation funding partners. Innovation Bridge 2017 will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre on 15 September 2017.

The event aims to encourage and accelerate the utilisation and commercialisation of new and existing knowledge and technologies that have been developed in publicly funded South African research and technology development institutions.

This focus on publicly funded research and technology development differentiates Innovation Bridge from other innovation and technology conferences and exhibitions.

The 2017 event will be implemented by DST, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO).



08:30 - 10:00Guest arrival and Registration
10:00 - 10:15Welcome AddressPhil Mjwara, Director General: Department of Science and Technology
10:15 - 11:00Keynote Address "Building successful and sustainable Innovative Technology Businesses"Pavlo Phitidis, CEO: Aurik Business Accelerator
11:00 - 12:15Plenary Session: "Advancing South Africa’s Inclusive Economic Growth through Innovation: The Role of Government, Business and Society"Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister: Science and Technology
Edward Kieswetter, CEO: Da Vinci Institute
Matsi Modise, Managing Director: SiMODiSA
Gil Oved, Group CEO: The Creative Counsel
Polo Leteka Radebe, Executive Director: IDF Capital
12:15 - 13:00Minister's Address
Launch of the Innovation Portal
Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister: Science and Technology
13:00 - 14:30Lunch and Networking
14:30 - 15:15Keynote Address: "Is there appetite for local innovative solutions?"Vusi Thembekwayo, Global Keynote Speaker
15:15 - 16:30Plenary Session:“Matching local needs and solutions: Are local needs being addressed at home? What are investors looking for in local innovations?”Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy-Director General, Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Barlow Manilal, CEO: Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)
Monique Mathys Graaff, Head: Investment Project Development, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)
Malcolm Simpson, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Tanya van Lill, CEO: South African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA)
Craig Wing, Futurist and Business Strategist, Futureworld
16:30 - 18:00Awards Ceremony, Closing and Vote of Thanks
Exhibition, Networking, Entertainment
Mmboneni Moufhe, Deputy Director General: Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Meet the Organisers

Science, technology and innovation (STI) play a crucial role in supporting global efforts to eradicate poverty, achieve food security, fight diseases, and reverse environmental degradation, as well as in promoting national socio-economic development…

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TIA is a national public entity that is intended to serve as the key institutional intervention to bridge the innovation chasm between R&D from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities, the private sector and commercialisation…

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South Africa’s National Development Plan (2011) identified innovation as a primary driver of technological growth and higher living standards.  Intellectual property (IP) rights are universally accepted as critical to innovation and economic growth…

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