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South African Innovation Summit
August 26, 2015 | Cape Town Stadium, South Africa

This year at South Africa's 8th annual Innovation Summit, Donovan Neale-May, Managing Partner of the SABLE Accelerator, discusses how SABLE can help reverse Africa's brain drain. By putting African businesspeople in contact with the vast repository of experiential knowledge of South Africa's estimated 1.2 million expats and emigrants around the world, these African entrepreneurs and innovators can access support in the form of funding, access to markets, management support, technical assistance or any other help they need. Check out more in this feature video: SABLE Helping South African Entrepreneurs Abroad 

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“If Johannesburg Works, South Africa Works” — SABLE Gathering
May 26, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA

The SABLE Network in the San Francisco Bay Area will co-host a gathering of its members and friends at the law offices of Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto to hear from visiting South African entrepreneur and political change agent Herman Mashaba, the Democratic Alliance’s mayoral candidate for the country’s economic epicenter in the upcoming local elections.

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South African Innovation Summit
September 6, 2017 | Cape Town, SA

The SA Innovation Summit is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing South African innovation. Annually, the Summit offers numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, thought-leaders, policymakers, inventors and investors to drive innovation in South Africa and inspire sustained economic growth. Each year offers various lead-up events with the main event in the last quarter of the year – a highlight of the South African Innovation Calendar. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration among multi-helix actors, the SA Innovation Summit is a crucial tool to inspire sustained economic growth. The outcomes achieved by the Summit, amplify and revive South Africa’s renowned competitive edge and it is a powerful tool to bring together thought leaders and practitioners in the field of innovation, show-case success stories, share lessons learnt, and connect with peers. Participate in the SA Innovation Summit and be part of the 2017 Innovation Revolution!

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Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition 2013 Winners Announced
November 21, 2013 | Pretoria, South Africa

South Africa’s first national business idea competition, aimed specifically at inventors and innovators, has announced its 2013 winners. 

View the List of Winners » Watch the Intro Video »

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U-Start Conference Africa
March 6, 2014 | Cape Town, South Africa

U-Start Conference Africa is the annual satellite event for early-stage and growth-stage African enterprises that are ready to scale and need investment in series A funding. The U-Start Conference Africa offers you the opportunity to present your ideas in front of some of the most active international investors.

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Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship
April 7, 2014 | Nairobi

The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship recognize and award exceptional entrepreneurial leaders who serve as role models to Africa's aspiring entrepreneurs and demonstrate business excellence, innovation and profitability. Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards process.

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Wits Alumni Meeting–Silicon Valley
May 8, 2014 | Palo Alto, CA

A Silicon Valley gathering of Wits University alumni and other South African expats, innovators and entrepreneurs will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Attendees will meet with the visiting head of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering at Wits, Professor Barry Dwolatzky. The program will be hosted by the SABLE Accelerator and will take place at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, California.

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The Seventh SA Innovation Summit
September 16, 2014 | Cape Town, South Africa

The SA Innovation Summit has become a noteworthy South African event. The event aspires to raise awareness in innovation, facilitate collaboration among multi-helix actors and contribute to building the national system of innovation. These aims will in essence amplify South Africa’s competitive edge and accelerate economic growth. This year’s theme - Local Innovation, Global Conversation - showcases South Africa’s wealth of creativity, originality and ingenuity for developing solutions to unique challenges.

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2014 Vision to Reality Awards by PwC
September 18, 2014 | South Africa

The Vision to Reality Awards celebrate dynamic companies in the technology sector that have demonstrated growth. They aim to encourage the best companies to step forward as role models and to inspire future technology start-ups.

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SiMODiSA
October 10, 2014 | Cape Town International Convention Center

SiMODiSA proudly presents South Africa's largest entrepreneur conference and awards gala. Connect with some of the most talented entrepreneurs from around the world and network with leading investors and start-ups.

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ICITKE 2014: XII International Conference on Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Economy
November 6, 2014 | Cape Town Lodge Hotel, Cape Town

The ICITKE 2014: XII International Conference on Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Economy aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Economy. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Innovation, Technology and Knowledge Economy.

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SAINe Breakfast Event: Innovation Strategies
November 7, 2014 | Inscape Education Group, Johannesburg

SAINe Breakfast Event: Innovation Strategies will focus on accelerating new product development and innovation cycles in  a corporate environment through different tools. Ideas that take too long to show a return are likely to die and waste money. Trends in Innovation in South Africa will be covered.

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E-Skills Conference and e-Summit
November 17, 2014 | Campus of the University of Cape Town, Cape Town

Conference Chairs Kevin Johnston and Elsje Scott of the University of Cape Town welcome you and invite you to attend the e-Skills Conference.The e-Skills conference addresses issues of interest to people promoting e-literacy and in developing and supporting e-skills (ICT skills) at all levels of life and work. The focus of the conference is the strategic and efficient use of modern ICT devices and applications as well as the related knowledge, skills, competences, teaching, learning and inventiveness of the workforce and citizens.

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Entrepreneur Expo
November 18, 2014 | The River Club, Cape Town

The fifth annual Entrepreneur Expo will once again showcase why Cape Town is the entrepreneurial capital of South Africa. Taking place 18 – 19 November at the The River Club, the Expo brings together entrepreneurs from all over the City of Cape Town.

Entrepreneurs are the dynamic visionaries who push the known boundaries, and through taking the risk of setting up a business, create what is needed most in South Africa – a larger economy and more jobs.

The 2014 Entrepreneur Expo is a platform for those that support Cape Town’s entrepreneurs through products and services to showcase their offerings and engage directly with both existing and future entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur Expo will also include a dedicated area that focusses on existing small businesses who are successful and sustainable, as well as include an area for up and coming entrepreneurs.

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International Conference on Innovative Research in Engineering (ICIRE 2015)
January 24, 2015 | Tamil Nadu

International Conference on Innovative Research in Engineering (ICIRE 2015) aims to provide most relevant opportunity to bring together students, researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to present their research results and development activities in the fields of Engineering, Science and Management studies. This international conference will provide a forum for presenting and discussing about the new design, ideas, alternative technologies and findings in said fields. The technical program of the conference will include tutorials, regular technical sessions, workshops, special sessions, demos and plenary/keynote speeches.

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Energy Innovation Summit
February 9, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its sixth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving disruptive energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

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The 2nd African Entrepreneurship Business and Leadership Conference 2015
March 2, 2015 | Johannesburg, South Africa

Entrepreneurship is part of the South African culture that we can freely share across international boundaries. Societies that learn entrepreneurial principles can come up with solutions to local problems. These solutions can foster inclusiveness, grow economies, promote stability, expand the international supply chain, and spread the exchange of ideas. The African Entrepreneurship conference is a platform to facilitate the exchange of views and ideas between global business leaders and entrepreneurs and strengthen alliances among entrepreneurs around the continent.

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Mobile World Congress
March 2, 2015 | Barcelona, Spain

The mobile communications revolution is driving the world’s major technology breakthroughs. From wearable devices to connected cars and homes, mobile technology is at the heart of worldwide innovation. As an industry, we are connecting billions of people to the transformative power of the Internet and mobilising every device we use in our daily lives. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead.

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My Business Expo
March 12, 2015 | Gallagher Convention, Johannesburg

The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) brings you the 7th season of My Business Expo, also incorporating ‘Business Start-Up Expo’, Access to Finance Expo’ ‘Small Biz Techno Expo’ ‘My Business Seminars’ and the world famous ‘Buzz Party.' With more than 25 000 visitors, 500 exhibitors and sponsors, and top of the line seminars, it’s the most successful show of its kind in the country. My Business Expo is free to attend for anyone that pre-registers who is serious about starting a business or expanding a business.

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Business Intelligence Summit 2015
March 17, 2015 | Midrand, South Africa.

In a rapidly digitising, consumer driven market, business intelligence (BI) has shot up the priority lists of many CIOs. The emphasis is on delivering value to the business and getting real results out of IT spend in this area. ITWeb's tenth annual Business Intelligence Summit will bring delegates the opportunity to access the latest updates and analysis of trends, local and international case studies across a range of verticals, invaluable advice on best practices and tools, interactive panel discussions and informative workshops.

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3rd International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) 2015
March 19, 2015 | Durban, South Africa

Entrepreneurship adds a further dimension to how new ideas are converted into goods and services. Entrepreneurship is sometimes said to be a mindset required to convert innovation into a real business situation which will deliver benefits to the stakeholders. Entrepreneurship is always driven by an individual or a small group of individuals who are referred to as entrepreneurs and who are sometimes colloquially referred to as the ‘movers and shakers’ in our society. Thus the entrepreneur configures the various factors of products to that they become a viable proposition. ICIE is looking for a broad range of research in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. 

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International Franchise and Entrepreneurs Expo 2015
April 18, 2015 | Sandton, South Africa

The franchise convention is an annual event that takes places one day before the start of the International Franchise Expo. The convention is THE one day in the year where franchise company owners, franchisees and stakeholders and role-players come to together to exchange pertinent information, tips and trends so if you are involved in the industry you cannot afford to miss this really great opportunity to learn from and network with the leaders and stalwarts in the franchise industry.

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Business Opportunities & Franchise Expo
September 10, 2015 | The Coca Cola Dome, Johannesburg

The Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo proudly sponsored by Eskom Foundation brings together leading business opportunities, franchise options and business support service companies to an audience of successful and aspirant entrepreneurs who have the motivation and capital to invest in new business ventures. It's the most comprehensive four day expo in the country, dedicated to developing entrepreneurship in South Africa.

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Business Entrepreneurship and Franchise Expo
September 10, 2015 | Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg
The Business Entrepreneurship and Franchise Expo connects entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter into business ownership in one of the many business and franchise opportunities available at the show. It is also the country’s most credible platform for corporate procurement executives to meet suppliers with first-class BEE credentials. Learn more »
The J9 Foundation London Brighton
September 19, 2015 | Brighton, UK

The team over at HotChillee love their rugby as much as they love their cycling. This autumn the organisers of the iconic London-Paris and Cape Rouleur rides are combining their passions with a unique cycling event catered for the passionate cycling Rugby fan.. The ride will celebrate the 2015 Rugby World Cup taking place in the UK with help raise funds for the charity foundation set up by Springbok rugby legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen. 

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Speed Meet NYC
September 25, 2015 | Thomson Reuters Building NYC

Speed Meet NYC is taking place at the Thomson Reuters Building in Times Square on 25 September. It will connect skilled African professionals with leading pan-African employers through an interactive & fun Speed Networking format. The event aims to inspire African diaspora professionals to return home & make a difference on the African continent as part of our commitment to continuing Africa's brain gain. It will be attended by global media, celebrities, pan-African corporates, captains of industry, ambassadors, diaspora professionals and other inspirational “homecomers”. 

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Innovation Africa 2015
September 30, 2015 | Kampala, Uganda

Africa’s leading high level summit for education and innovation returns for its fifth year in 2015 and will take place in Kampala, under the patronage of the Government of Uganda, hosted by Hon Jessica Alupo, Minister of Education & Sports. The theme for this year’s event is “Developing African Skills for the 21st Century.” 

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Grow This Country RSA
November 5, 2015 | The Capital 20 West, Sandton, South Africa

GROW THIS COUNTRY is the beginning of changing South Africa for the better and fixing the world's perception of the country. The event will start with you, the people. How the people could improve relationships and work together more efficiently. How they can let go of the past and look into a bright new future. Then the event will move on to your companies, your brands and how to seek opportunities to join into new partnerships to compete globally.  

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10th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (2015SAEEC)
November 11, 2015 | Emperor's Palace, Johannesburg

The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) aims to become the Association in Southern Africa that brings all energy stakeholders in the region together. In order to achieve this synergy, the SAEE is hosting the 10th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention (2015SAEEC), as an event serving the energy management-, environmental-, facilities building upgrades-, energy engineering-, cogeneration-, power generation-, and efficiency improvement industries.

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18th Annual AfricaCom
November 17, 2015 | Cape Town, South Africa

Digital Africa is buzzing! The telecoms, media and ICT market is more dynamic than ever and showing tremendous growth prospects. But how to avoid getting lost in the maze of changing ecosystems, new technologies and disruptive players ? Among the many businesses caught in the storm of digital evolution, those coming out successfully are showing a winning combination of market expertise, calculated risk-taking and visionary thinking. With 12 different events in one, including 375+ speakers, the 18th Annual AfricaCom will the the event of the year!

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Africa Energy Indaba 2016
February 16, 2016 | Sandton Convention Centre

Africa’s premier energy event, the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), will be hosted in Sandton, the heart of the African business hub. Attracting energy experts and enthusiasts from all over the world, pressing issues, challenges and opportunities in the energy sector will be addressed at the event. Energy, a prerequisite for sustainable economic growth in Africa, has been at the forefront of discussions on Africa reaching and maximising its growth potential.

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Renewables and Energy Forum Southern Africa 2016
May 10, 2016 | Johannesburg

Over the last 2 years the REFSA conference has focused primarily on the developments in South Africa’s renewable energy market as well as opportunities in the renewable energy sectors across Africa. In the past two years we have had over 277 participants that represent the most senior stakeholders in both the public and private sector.

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Mondato Summit Africa 2017
May 9, 2017 | Summer Place, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mondato Summits are spaces where industry leaders can learn from experts and peers in an intimate setting. Mondato lends its expertise with specialized content and adroit facilitation to encourage substantive conversations and collaborative problem solving. The intensity and interactivity of the proceedings foster the formation of natural, foundational relationships between participants.

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African Utility Week
May 16, 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa

The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals. African Utility Week offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike. The 3-day exhibition means more engagement time between delegates, visitors and exhibitors. A more engaging exhibition floor with product demonstrations, workshops, cocktail functions, free refreshments and meeting lounges will create business opportunities for our attendees.

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Africa Shared Value Summit
May 25, 2017 | Johannesburg, South Africa

The 17th annual African Utility Week is the only global meeting place, conference and trade exhibition for African power and water utility professionals. African Utility Week offers a unique networking opportunity for engineers, stakeholders and solution providers alike. The 3-day exhibition means more engagement time between delegates, visitors and exhibitors. A more engaging exhibition floor with product demonstrations, workshops, cocktail functions, free refreshments and meeting lounges will create business opportunities for our attendees.

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CIO Summit Africa 2017
August 17, 2017 | Cape Town, South Africa

The CIO Summit Africa is a chance for CIOs and IT executives to meet with their technology peers from across Africa in multiple industries including, but not limited to, healthcare, finance, insurance, government, telecom, utilities and education. This three-day summit features engaging keynote speeches, open forums, think tanks, case studies and panel discussions on the latest technology topics and trends. Open discussions and networking time give attending CIOs and technology executives the opportunity to discuss common problems and discover new and innovative solutions. Attendees will leave the event with new business contacts and new ideas on how to move their business forward. 

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Press Releases

GLOBAL ANXIETY AUDIT HIGHLIGHTS FEARS OF TRAVEL TO AFRICA AND NEED FOR COUNTRY DESTINATIONS TO PROVIDE COMPELLING REASONS TO VISIT

One in Four Global Travelers Ditched Travel Plans Over Safety Concerns in 2015; Africa Suffers Most

San Jose, CA (Dec. 07, 2015) – Roughly half of more than 2,000 active travelers surveyed in major Western markets are avoiding destinations in Africa due to increasing fears of personal safety, crime, terrorism and disease. This represents a critical branding and marketing challenge for African tourism economies, such as Egypt More »

SABLE Content Editor Wins International Journalism Award – with a scoop on South Africa’s secret $70 billion nuclear deal

The Uncovering of the Single Largest Nuclear Deal Offer in the World

San Jose, CA (Oct. 09, 2015) – SABLE journalist Rowan Philp wins journalism award as he covers the largest single deal offer in the world in the past year: $70 billion, for the import of 8 nuclear reactors from Russia’s state atomic energy company. More »

DISRUPTIVE STARTUPS DRIVING CORPORATE REINVENTION REVEALS NEW STUDY BY TECH MAHINDRA AND BPI NETWORK

Global Executives and Entrepreneurs Say Customers are Biggest Beneficiaries of New Venture Contenders, Technology Innovators and Change Agents

San Jose, CA (May. 14, 2015) – Many of world’s largest corporations are scrambling to transform and remodel their businesses as lean and inventive new startups with vision, ambition and a willingness to take risks disrupt their markets and prompt acquisitions, restructuring and a new focus on innovation, reports the More »

PARTNERSHIPS ESSENTIAL TO BUSINESS SUCCESS BUT COMPANIES REPORT THEY OFTEN FAIL

Getting Access to New Ideas, Insights and Innovations Is Biggest Reason to Partner, Reveals New Study by CMO Council and BPI Network

San Jose, CA (Sep. 08, 2014) – New ideas and innovation are the lifeblood of 21st century businesses. They’re also the number-one driver for strategic partnerships worldwide, according to a new study by the CMO Council and the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network.  More »

SABLE Network Adds Powerlinx Service to Match South African Companies with Global Partners

Big Data Intelligence and Automation Will Quickly and Efficiently Connect South African Businesses With Relevant and Compatible Customers, Partners and Funding Sources

San Jose, CA (May. 08, 2014) – South African entrepreneurs, enterprises and innovators now have a powerful new way to connect with customers, capital sources and partners globally using a big data analytics service that intelligently matches them with relevant and... More »

Stanford Graduate School of Business Faculty Trip to South Africa

Palo Alto, CA (Feb. 07, 2014) – Leading academics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California will be undertaking an immersion trip to South Africa from March 23 to 30. More »

Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition

2013 Winners Announced

Pretoria, South Africa (Nov. 21, 2013) – South Africa’s first national business idea competition, aimed specifically at inventors and innovators, has announced its 2013 winners.  More »

SiMODiSA Start-Up Summit 2013

August 16, 2013

South Africa (Aug. 26, 2013) – Several start-up ecosystem stakeholders (prominent entrepreneurs, major venture capital firms, academia, incubators and government - DTI, IDC, Treasury- SARS, etc.) came together on August 16, 2013 for a 'by invitation only' event focused on exploring ways to accelerating startup success in South More »

South Africa Can Turn Brain Drain Into Brain Gain

Survey by Rhodes University and The SABLE Accelerator Reveals 72 Percent of Alumni Living Abroad Feel Their Skills and Knowledge Would be Useful and Valuable to South Africa

Palo Alto, California (Jul. 15, 2013) – South Africa’s talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country More »

Surfing Icon Shaun Tomson Releases Inspiring New Book "The Code"

How to Ride the Unpredictable Waves of Life

Santa Barbara, CA (Jul. 08, 2013) – World champion surfer and best-selling author Shaun Tomson releases The Code (Gibbs Smith, $16.99, Hardcover, 136 pages, August 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4236-3429-4), a simple strategy for confronting everyday challenges and making positive, life-changing decisions. In 12 personal stories Shaun shares t More »

South Africa’s New Silicon Valley-Based Springboard for Business Has Its Roots at Rhodes

Silicon Valley, CA (Jun. 28, 2013) – Co-founded by Old Rhodians in August 2012, the SABLE Accelerator is a knowledge and consulting network of highly influential expatriates, dedicated to jump-starting South African business ventures in global markets. More »

Sable Accelerator Signs Agreements With Promising South African Technology Ventures, Funding Sources And Innovation Groups

Network of Global South African Experts Assists SA Entrepreneurs; Outlines New Thought Leadership Campaign to Help SMEs Market Globally

Sandton, South Africa (Dec. 12, 2012) – The SABLE Accelerator, a recently formed mentoring network of Global South African experts living in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs, today announced new partner and portfolio company agreements during a visit to South Africa by two of its co-founders. More »

NEW INITIATIVE TO COMMERCIALIZE SOUTH AFRICA’S TECH INNOVATION HARVESTS SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CONNECTIONS OF EXPATRIATES

Silicon Valley-Based SABLE Accelerator Forms Trusted Global Network of South African Experts to Mentor and Assist Entrepreneurs, Product Innovators and Universities with New Venture Growth, Technology

Palo Alto, Calif. (Aug. 06, 2012) – South Africa’s untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors. More »

National Report Into the State of Entrepreneurship: Young South Africans Need Local Role Models and Mentors to Help Them Start Businesses

Sixty-five Percent Indicated an Interest in Setting up Their Own Business at Some Point but Feel Unprepared and Unsupported for Challenges of Self-employment

Johannesburg, South Africa (Jun. 13, 2011) – The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship today revealed its first national ‘Young Upstarts Report’, a research study into SA youth and their attitudes towards entrepreneurship. It reveals that 65 per cent are keen to start their own businesses and of those, 19 per cent have a business i More »


Media Coverage

March 16, 2017 – The Cointelegraph

Hard Fork Will Slow Bitcoin Price Down

With the ETF decision out of the way, the focus in the Bitcoin community has turned back to the scaling debate. While some proponents of an increase in block size are in favor of a hard fork, South African Bitcoin entrepreneur Vinny Lingham feels that this would negatively impact Bitcoin. More »

February 13, 2017 – SA Good News

HOW SOUTH AFRICA CAME ROARING BACK IN DAVOS, AT “THE TURNING OF THE TIDE”

The SABLE Accelerator (South African Business Link to Experts) aims to further South Africa’s economic interests through global knowledge transfer and the growth of a trusted expert network of expatriate South Africans willing to contribute back to their country of birth through coaching mentoring, consulting, advising, teaching, training, funding or donating.  SABLE consultants, advisors and academic faculty include a wide range of successful business leaders, international domain experts, educators, venture capitalists, consultants, authors, professional service providers, government representatives, advertising and marketing gurus, trade and commerce experts, as well as non-profit innovators.  More »

September 15, 2015 – Ventureburn

Everything you need to know about the South African startup ecosystem

The Sable accelerator is an international partnership group dedicated to helping South African entrepreneurs, new venture startups, academic institutions and companies commercialise technology innovations, promote and protect intellectual property, fund new business concepts, finance growth, as well as expand into global markets. Sable is powered by MentorCloud, the cloud-based mentorship platform, which also works with the University of the Witwatersrand Alumni Association, powering their mentoring programme between alumni and students. More »

August 28, 2015 – The Citizen

Help Businesses Tap into Knowledge and Skills in the Diaspora

SABLE can help reverse Africa's brain drain by putting African businesspeople in contact with fellow Africans in the diaspora who are keen to provide support in the form of funding, access to markets, management support, technical assistance or any other help they need. More »

August 28, 2015 – AFK Insider

African Diaspora: There’s More Than One Way To Reverse Brain Drain

To help reverse Africa's Brain Drain, SABLE taps into the vast repository of experiential knowledge of South Africa’s estimated 1.2 million expats and emigrants around the world. More »

June 2, 2015 – VentureBurn

Silicon Valley Network Could Help Boost South Africa

To boost small business and innovation in their own countries, emerging economies should make better use of entrepreneurs from their diaspora — particularly those located in Silicon Valley. More »

May 15, 2014 – Tech Central

The S Africans making it big in America

Yet new South African networking organisations, such as the Sable Accelerator in California, are springing up as South Africans are suddenly appearing in front of microphones as chief executives and university deans and scientific research team leaders. More »

May 14, 2014 – BizCommunity.com

New Partnership Links SA Business with International Prospects

South African Business Link to Experts Accelerator and Powerlinx are teaming up to help South African startups and entrepreneurs grow their businesses through strategic partnerships. More »

May 13, 2014 – Internet Retailer

A South African Business Group Builds Global Connections Through Powerlinx

Online global business networks Sable Accelerator and Powerlinx have teamed up to help startup companies in South Africa make connections with millions of companies worldwide. More »

May 9, 2014 – Ventureburn

SABLE Accelerator Joins Powerlinx to Help SA Startups Expand Globally

Sable Accelerator, an organisation that aims to help South African startups scale globally by providing crucial B2B opportunities, has recently partnered with US-based Powerlinx in order to expand its goal of being a trusted expert network of expatriate South Africans. More »

May 9, 2014 – Human IPO

SABLE Accelerator Looks to Connect SA Startups with Growth Opportunities

The SABLE Accelerator, a global network of expat South African consultants, investors and domain experts based in Silicon Valley, has partnered with Powerlinx to allow South African companies to quickly identify and engage with local and global growth opportunities. More »

May 8, 2014 – TechMoran

SABLE Accelerator Partners with Powerlinx to Match SA Firms with Global Partners

A new deal between the SABLE Accelerator, a global resource network of expat South African consultants, investors and domain experts based in Silicon Valley and New York-based Powerlinx will see SA entrepreneurs get a powerful new way to connect with customers, capital sources and partners globally. More »

May 8, 2014 – Globes

Powerlinx Signs Agreement with SABLE Accelerator

Powerlinx Inc. has signed an agreement with SABLE Accelerator, to provide a scalable way for South African companies, research centers and institutions to quickly identify and engage with strategic growth opportunities domestically and globally. The goal of the agreement is to more rapidly commercialize innovation, attract foreign investment, and develop global markets. More »

April 8, 2014 – AFK Insider

Sable Accelerator Helps South African Entrepreneurs In Silicon Valley

South Africa has produced some famous Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like Tesla’s and Space-X Elon Musk and YouTube’s financier Roelof Botha. But it has not been easy for all South African entrepreneurs venturing in the Valley. More »

March 26, 2014 – My Broadband

Great South African inventions

In a recent presentation at South by South West (SXSW), Stuff Magazine editor Toby Shapshak said that Africa produces the purest form of innovation – innovation out of necessity. More »

March 9, 2014 – eNCAnews

SABLE Accelerator Helping South African Entrepreneurs Abroad (Video)

South African entrepreneurs have become increasingly high profile in Silicon Valley, the California mecca for start-up technology companies.Sable Accelerator is a consulting network of South African expats, headquartered in Silicon Valley. More »

July 25, 2013 – Skills Portal

Embrace Expats Returning with Global Skills

An exciting new trend that sees expatriates returning to the country could bode well for South Africa if government and business choose to harness this influx of global skills. More »

July 19, 2013 – Global South Africans

South Africa Can Turn Brain Drain into a Brain Gain

Survey by Rhodes University and The SABLE Accelerator Reveals 72 Percent of Alumni Living Abroad Feel Their Skills and Knowledge Would be Useful and Valuable to South Africa. More »

July 16, 2013 – Fin24

Sable: Expats Waiting to Come Home

Cape Town - There's a huge pool of global South African talent just waiting to be tapped, with many expats interested in coming back home. This is because the country's talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and a latent asset base that can boost South Africa's competitiveness. More »

July 16, 2013 – BusinessTech

South African Expats Eager to Come Back: Study

South African expats believe their skills and knowledge would be useful and valuable to the country with many eager on exploring ways to return, according to a new report. More »

July 16, 2013 – IT News South Africa

South Africa – many tech expats ready to reinvest

South Africa’s talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country, reports The SABLE Accelerator, a global group of South African expats advancing commercial innovation and exchange for their home country. SABLE (South African Business Link to Experts) is based in Silicon Valley. More »

July 16, 2013 – AllAfrica

South Africa - Many Tech Expats Ready to Reinvest

South Africa's talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country, reports The SABLE Accelerator, a global group of South African expats advancing commercial innovation and exchange for their home country. More »

July 16, 2013 – SME South Africa

Sable: Expats Waiting to Come Home

There's a huge pool of global South African talent just waiting to be tapped, with many expats interested in coming back home. This is because the country's talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and a latent asset base that can boost South Africa's competitiveness. There's a huge pool of global South African talent just waiting to be tapped, with many expats interested in coming back home. This is because the country's talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and a latent asset base that can boost South Africa's competitiveness. So states a report by the South African Business Link to Experts (Sable) Accelerator, a Silicon Valley-based global group of South African expats who advance commercial innovationand exchange for their home country.  There's a huge pool of talent waiting to be tapped, with many expats interesting in coming back home. More »

July 16, 2013 – AfricVisions

Technology: South Africa – Many Tech Expats Ready To Reinvest

South Africa’s talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country, reports The SABLE Accelerator, a global group of South African expats advancing commercial innovation and exchange for their home country. SABLE (South African Business Link to Experts) is based in Silicon Valley. More »

July 15, 2013 – IT Online

Turning Brain Drain into Brain Gain

South Africa’s talent migration abroad has created a valuable knowledge network and an untapped asset base that can further the competitiveness of the country, says The SABLE Accelerator, a global group of SA expats advancing commercial innovation and exchange for their home country. More »

July 12, 2013 – brandsouthafrica.us

Brain Gain

A new survey of Rhodes alumni living overseas reinforces the premise of the Global South Africans project — namely that  the exceptional people who make up South Africa’s diaspora are more than willing to turn what was once lamented as brain drain into brain gain. More »

June 14, 2013 – Ventureburn

The most comprehensive guide to the SA startup landscape ever

The Sable accelerator is an international partnership group dedicated to helping South African entrepreneurs, new venture startups, academic institutions and companies commercialise technology innovations, promote and protect intellectual property, fund new business concepts, finance growth, as well as expand into global markets. Sable is powered by MentorCloud, the cloud-based mentorship platform, which also works with the University of the Witwatersrand Alumni Association, powering their mentoring programme between alumni and students. More »

May 13, 2013 – Ventureburn

Dear African VC, angel: international investors are stealing your lunch

Instead of waiting on local investor sentiment to turn, entrepreneurs are looking beyond the African continent for funding. Through online platforms such as Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), U-Start, The Sable Accelerator and AngelList, capital seekers are finding favour with international financiers. More »

January 22, 2013 – IT Web

Click and tell

De Villiers flies to SA from Clickatell's California headquarters once a quarter to review operations at the company's Cape Town and Johannesburg offices. The former optometrist from Port Elizabeth has now set his sights on Africa's fast-growing mobile money business. Clickatell aims to leverage its extensive penetration of the African mobile communications market to deliver secure financial transactions alongside its traditional messaging business. More »

January 4, 2013 – Silicon Valley Business Journal

And the Executive of the Year for 2012 is...

We're gearing up to unveil this year's Executive of the Year, where we highlight the Silicon Valley executive who stood above the rest in 2012. More »

August 9, 2012 – The Next Web

SABLE Accelerator launches to connect Silicon Valley with South Africa

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SABLE was formed by South Africans living in Silicon Valley and London, and top South African expatriates who will use their experiences to help their South African business counterparts. It aims to utilize the vast network of knowledge from South Africans across the world to make the country more competitive by stimulating both public and private sector innovation and entrepreneurship. More »

July 26, 2012 – Tech Central

Silicon Valley reaches out to SA

Set to launch officially on 6 August, The Sable Accelerator has secured high-powered backers, including angel investor and entrepreneur Laurence Seeff and a range of CEOs, directors and consultants from firms such as McCann Erickson, Grant Thornton, McKinsey and Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. More »

November 30, -0001 – Ventureburn

6 reasons why SA’s Western Cape deserves to be called Silicon Cape

Several initiatives in the Western Cape have boosted the region’s profile as startup hub and area of innovation. Some of our favourites include Bandwidth Barn, Silicon Cape Initiative, SABLE, UCT SMILe, RLabs, MIH Media Lab, Start-up Weekends, Pitch London and IBM Innovation Centre. For the complete list be sure to read the full report. More »

December 13, 2012 – Business Report

Innovation Must Become a Culture in SA, says Network Co-Founder

SOUTH Africa may require a chief technology officer to drive innovation from "top to bottom", according to Donovan Neale-May, a co-founder of Sable Accelerator, which links local technology businesses to funders and experts globally. More »

December 12, 2012 – Ventureburn

Sable Accelerator Signs Agreements with SA Tech Ventures, Funds and Groups

The SABLE Accelerator, a recently formed mentoring network of South African experts living in Silicon Valley and other technology hubs, today announced new partner and portfolio company agreements during a visit to South Africa by two of its co-founders. More »

September 27, 2012 – Ventures

Meet The Co-Founders Of Africa's Hottest Mobile App, 2go

South Africa's tech scene is bursting with success stories of tech start-ups. Last month, a new enterprise accelerator programme dubbed the South African Business Link to Experts (SABLE) was launched in US tech hub, Silicon Valley to assist local entrepreneurs in South Africa grow their business and execute their ideas flawlessly. More »

September 21, 2012 – IT Web

Global expertise, local talent

A recently launched global partnership seeks to nurture South African talent, entrepreneurs and innovation. Donovan Neale-May is the president of marketing service company GlobalFluency, the founder and executive director of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council (a global affinity network of over 6 000 senior marketing and branding executives), a member of Rhodes University's Board of Governors, and a South African.

Neale-May is on a mission to nurture the talent and potential that has seen South Africans like himself make it to the top of their fields all over the world. He has linked up with other high-flying expats to do so. More »

September 2012 – Dataweek

Expats offer SA innovators global clout

A bold new initiative has been started to promote and assist South African innovators to achieve global success, in the form of the SABLE Accelerator (South African Business Link to Experts). The concept taps into the minds of well-positioned South African expatriates to help the country be more competitive in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors. More »

August 20, 2012 – GIBS Info Centre Blog

Silicon Valley reaches out to SA

A new, high-profile group founded by three South Africans now living in Silicon Valley and London has been formed to help grow SA businesses into global firms by providing the connections, advice and investment they need to take their ideas beyond SA's borders. Launched officially on 6 August, The Sable Accelerator has secured high-powered backers, including angel investor and entrepreneur Laurence Seeff and a range of CEOs, directors and consultants from firms such as McCann Erickson, Grant Thornton, McKinsey and Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. More »

August 13, 2012 – SA Good News

Silicon Valley reaches out to SA

The Sable Accelerator, a new, Silicon Valley-based group, has been formed to connect SA entrepreneurs with successful expats who can provide mentorship, investment and motivation to take their businesses global. By Craig Wilson. A new, high-profile group founded by three South Africans now living in Silicon Valley and London has been formed to help grow SA businesses into global firms by providing the connections, advice and investment they need to take their ideas beyond SA's borders. More »

August 10, 2012 – African Brains

New Initiative to Commercialize South Africa's Tech Innovation Harvests Skills, Knowledge and Connections of Expatriates

Silicon Valley-Based SABLE Accelerator Forms Trusted Global Network of South African Experts to Mentor and Assist Entrepreneurs, Product Innovators and Universities With New Venture Growth, Technology Transfer and Foreign Market Access.

South Africa's untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors. More »

August 09, 2012 – HumaniPro

Silicon Valley-based South Africans launch SABLE to nurture tech talents

California-based accelerator programme the South African Business Link to Experts (SABLE) Accelerator was on Monday launched in South Africa. Headquartered in California's Silicon Valley,The SABLE Accelerator was formed by South Africans living in Silicon Valley and London, and top South African expatriates who will use their experiences to help their South African business counterparts. More »

August 8, 2012 - bizcommunity.com

SABLE Accelerator Launched to Tap SA Brainpower

“South Africa's untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors.” More »

August 7, 2012 – Silicon Valley Business Journal

New accelerator connects Silicon Valley to South Africa

South Africa was an early home for some recognizable faces around Silicon Valley, like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and outgoing VMware CEO Paul Maritz. More »

August 7, 2012 - IT-Online

Brains Trust Puts SA on World Stage

“South Africa’s untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors.” More »

August 7, 2012 - Business Journal

New Accelerator Connects Silicon Valley to South Africa

“The SABLE, or “South African Business Link to Experts,” accelerator program aims to take advantage of connections within the South African expatriate community in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to connect South African businesses with the help they need.” More »

August 6, 2012 - Marketwire

New Initiative to Commercialize South Africa's Tech Innovation Harvests Skills, Knowledge, and Connections of Expatriates

“Silicon Valley-Based SABLE Accelerator Forms Trusted Global Network of South African Experts to Mentor and Assist Entrepreneurs, Product Innovators and Universities With New Venture Growth, Technology Transfer and Foreign Market Access” More »

August 8, 2012 - Rhodes University

Rhodes Alumnus Puts SA on World Stage

“South Africa’s untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors.” More »

July 27, 2012 - Techsprung

Not so dark after all – Technological bright sparks making the continent proud

“In an admirable exchange of information, ‘The Sable Accelerator’, a group of Silicon Valley and London-based South African execs, is providing young South African entrepreneurs with advice, connections and investments to develop their business ideas into globally-marketable products.” More »

August 6, 2012 - Nearshore Journal

New Initiative to Commercialize South Africa’s Tech Innovation Harvests Skills, Knowledge, and Connections of Expatriates

“South Africa’s untapped brains trust and knowledge network of expatriate assets around the world will soon be activated to help the country be more competitive in realizing a better return on innovation and entrepreneurship across both the private and public sectors.” More »

August 8, 2012 - Financial Mail

Tapping SA’s Brains Trust

“A group of South Africans living abroad has created an expatriate support network to help new, innovative SA companies that are ready to launch overseas achieve commercial success.” More »

August 7, 2012 - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

New accelerator connects Silicon Valley to South Africa- Diana Samuels

A new accelerator program that launched Monday in Palo Alto is trying to help more South African entrepreneurs grow their businesses and bring ideas to fruition, aided by Silicon Valley's resources. The SABLE, or "South African Business Link to Experts," accelerator program aims to take advantage of connections within the South African expatriate community in Silicon Valley and elsewhere to connect South African businesses with the help they need. More »

August 6, 2012 - San Francisco Business Times

Palo Alto incubator for South Africans launched- Lindsay Riddell

The South African Business Link to Experts — or SABLE — officially launched this week in Palo Alto. Its goal: to connect South African entrepreneurs, startups, academic institutions and companies to South African business people living in Silicon Valley, so they can get products to market, find funding and expand globally. More »

August 6, 2012 - Dow Jones Venture Wire

South African Expats Launch Accelerator in Silicon Valley - Deborah Gage

A partnership group staffed by South African expatriates called the Sable Accelerator, or South African Business Link to Experts, has been formed in Silicon Valley to help South African entrepreneurs and start-ups get businesses off the ground and commercialize their ideas. More »

August 4, 2012 - Finweek Magazine

Global network tapping local innovation. Local start-ups need to access international markets

As many of us can testify, the course of our professional careers is determined - to a large extent - by our persona lnetworks and mentors that we meet along the way. Indeed, business coaches and recruitment experts continually harp on the importance of "networking". On an organisational level, networking and connecting with the right people are just as crucial for success - if not even more so. For South African technology start-ups and entrepreneurs, the "right people" are predominantly located overseas at innovation hubs such as the famed Silicon Valley in the US. Yet for most local entrepreneurs, accessing potential funders and mentors in international markets is close to impossible. This is where Sable (South African Business Link to Experts), a new global network soon to launch in SA, is hoping to fill the gap. More » Download the article in PDF »

July 27, 2012 - The VentureBurn.com

The Sable Accelerator: A gateway into Silicon Valley for SA startups

With the imminent launch of The Sable Accelerator, South African businesses look set to benefit from a new network of advisers and investors based in Silicon Valley and London that can help with international expansion. More »

July 27, 2012 - TechCentral

Silicon Valley reaches out to SA

The Sable Accelerator, a new, Silicon Valley-based group, has been formed to connect SA entrepreneurs with successful expats who can provide mentorship, investment and motivation to take their businesses global. By Craig Wilson. More »

July 26, 2012 - 567 CapeTalk

Donovan Neale-May - The Sable Accelerator

US-based by SA-born Donovan Neale-May is launching The SABLE Accelerator that puts South African businesses in touch with SA loyalists living abroad. The Silicon Valley-based SABLE Accelerator forms trusted global networks of South African experts to mentor and assist entrepreneurs, product innovators and universities with new venture growth, technology transfer and foreign market access. Donovan is visiting Cape Town and joined us. More »