The South Africa Early Stage Technology Market

Keith Jones (CoFounder), Sw7

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An overview of the technology startup and innovation scene in South Africa. What the market drivers are, who is doing what and where to find support. Keith Jones is the coFounder of Sw7, the largest tech accelerator in Africa. They work with over 150 early and late stage tech businesses, are the only Microsoft Bizspark plus partners in Africa and run the first full tech accelerator inside a large blue chip, for Standard Bank. The session covers the learnings and experiences in the sector and where business go for what support, funding and access to market.

Entrepreneurialism and Business / Keynote / Impart wisdom / Enabling / Intermediate

Event: CapeTown

Hashtags: #startups

Best for: Technology Startups

Speaker country: South Africa

Questions this session will answer:

What sets me and my business up for the best chances of success in the region
What to expect
Where to go for support
What the options are when looking for funding

Speaker qualifications:

We are the largest tech accelerator in Africa with more support, more mentors and more alumni than any other programme in Africa. We have the pain!!! We are a startup ourselves in an emerging sector. keith had i his own tech business for 11 years and listed in London in 2009, did two fund raises, six acquisitions, an MBO and two disposals.

Supporting material:

Disrupt-Africa.com - four series thought leadership articles on the African eco-system
Venture Burn - ventureburn.com/2014/07/fixing-the-african-startup-space-stop-looking-at-silicon-valley/
Largest tech startup group on LinkedIn in Africa - 1700 members


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