The SABLE Accelerator has forged alliances and linkages with diverse range of global capital sources, thought leaders, marketing partners, government stakeholders, and advocates of innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa. They share our strategic agenda and bring valuable resources, expertise and influence to our mission.
ACCELERATE CAPE TOWN
Accelerate Cape Town was founded by 30 business leaders in 2006 in response to a growing concern about the pace and direction of business growth in the Cape region. Their goal was to create a common long-term vision for businesses in the area and begin initiatives to help them reach their goals. Accelerate Cape Town works closely with organizations like the Cape Chamber, Cape Town Partnership, and Wesgro to organize activities and initiatives in the region that will help them work toward their vision and achieve their goals. www.acceleratecapetown.co.za
For 20 years, Atrium has been co-managing strategic venture funds on an outsourced basis for Global 1000 corporations. They also provide a variety of retainer-based services to corporations that want to leverage their expertise and network without committing to a dedicated fund managed by Atrium. www.atriumcapital.com
Bizcommunity.com, one of Africa's pre-eminent news sources, launched in 2001 and since then has grown in every way—in scope, offerings, range of products, portals, size, and acceptance in the marketplace. Today, it is the B2B site of choice in South Africa and Africa for anyone wanting to know the who, what, where, and why of what's happening in the advertising, marketing, media, retail and related sectors. More than 3.3 million website pages are viewed, and over 350,000 people read Bizcommunity.com each month and its 35 industry portals. Bizcommunity's Africa portal has so far launched into the following countries: Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Bizcommunity.com also has a free daily and weekly email newsletter for each industry it covers. www.bizcommunity.com
The Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network is dedicated to identifying, exploring and sharing emerging trends and transformational ideas and practices that are reshaping world markets and competitive landscapes. We aim to help senior executives and their multi-national workforces become more inventive, market-centered, operationally efficient, and competitive in a challenged and changing global and local context.www.bpinetwork.org
BRAND SOUTH AFRICA
In 2002, Brand South Africa was created to help provide a positive, consistent brand image for South Africa in order to attract tourism, business, and investment. By achieving this goal, the desired effect is to create a brand image that instills pride and promotes job creation. Through the Brand South Africa campaign, the organization aims to raise international awareness of South Africa's promising qualities to investors; promote investment and export industries overseas; mobilize influential South Africans and media personnel abroad; and instill local pride and patriotism through campaigns. www.brandsouthafrica.com
CAPE TOWN ACTIVA
Cape Town Activa was created to provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and job seekers, as well as resources to help those looking to start, develop, or grow a business. The company links entrepreneurs with tools, resources, capital, skills, and opportunities to achieve success. By helping South Africans maximize their potential, Cape Town Activa hopes to create a more competitive and attractive business environment, stimulate local business growth, and position Cape Town as an attractive business destination. www.capetownactiva.com
Centre for Development and Enterprise
The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is an independent policy research and advocacy organization. It is one of South Africa's leading development think tanks, focusing on critical national development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. Through examining South African realities and international experience, CDE formulates practical policy proposals, outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges. CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.
Established in 1995 with core funding from South African businesses, CDE has rapidly gained recognition as an authoritative voice in economic and social development policy and is now read and heard at the very highest levels of government, including the cabinet.
CDE formulates its proposals after careful study of international best practices and South African realities. While its work reflects rigorous academic standards, it seeks to turn its research into positive and practical policy recommendations that are easily accessible to politicians and other decision-makers.
CDE has a small full-time staff and a core of senior consultants, and it makes extensive use of local and international academics and other experts. Research produced for CDE is distilled into summary reports containing policy proposals that are intensively tested before different audiences prior to being released.
CDE runs an active outreach program aimed at disseminating its research and proposals as efficiently as possible. Stakeholders are commonly brought together to debate research findings and policy proposals and are invited to take action.
The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council is dedicated to high-level knowledge exchange, thought leadership, and personal relationship building among senior corporate marketing leaders and brand decision-makers across a wide-range of global industries. The CMO Council's 7,000+ members control more than $300 billion in aggregated annual marketing expenditures and run complex, distributed marketing and sales operations worldwide. In total, the CMO Council and its strategic interest communities include more than 20,000 global executives in nearly 100 countries covering multiple industries, segments, and markets. Regional chapters and advisory boards are active in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. The council's strategic interest groups include the Coalition to Leverage and Optimize Sales Effectiveness (CLOSE), LoyaltyLeaders.org, Marketing Supply Chain Institute, Customer Experience Board, Market Sense-Ability Center, Digital Marketing Performance Institute, GeoBranding Center, and the Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME). More information on the CMO Council is available at�www.cmocouncil.org
Convergence Partners is an advisory and investment management firm for emerging markets in telecommunications, media, and technology that is primarily focused on Africa and the Middle East. Convergence is an active investor with a history of successful investments made for the strategic development and growth of its partner businesses. The company aims to build a successful investment portfolio and maximize the synergies among investee companies in response to the extensive regulatory changes in Africa. It provides them with meaningful consultancy services to add value to their efforts and help ensure their success. www.convergencepartners.co.za
E-nnovate, a venture co-founded with Investec Bank Ltd, organises bespoke exposure trips for South African entrepreneurs and business professionals to some of the world’s most innovative countries, including the US. E-nnovate aims to expose its clients to cutting-edge innovation & technologies, global best practices and futuristic trends. Additionally, E-nnovate provides holistic solutions for SMMEs to establish cross-border partnerships in a variety of new markets.
Floor Swart Incorporated
We position innovative entrepreneurs for success with our agile approach to commercial, intellectual property and technology law. Operating from offices in Technopark, the heart of South African innovation, we are deal-makers focused on advising innovative businesses at each stage of their maturity.
Our slogan, "from IP to IPO," describes the exciting journey from the inception and protection of an idea (intellectual property) to creating stakeholder value through potentially global commercialization, which may include public investment into the equity of a venture (initial public offering).
While we have thousands of intellectual property registrations under management in various parts of the world, the successful protection of intellectual property, although integral, is not the endgame for us, but rather one cornerstone in facilitating commercial success.
Particular areas of focus include:
- Corporate and commercial transactions
- Private equity, funding and shareholder relationships
- Registration and protection of intellectual property
- License agreements
- Technology agreements
- Privacy and data
Learn more at www.floorswart.com.
GlobalFluency is a new breed of marketing service company offering clients fully integrated, multi-level, multi-channel programs for shaping market perceptions, developing and growing customer relationships, and building valued brands. From perception management (PR), online research, and competitive intelligence to highly effective lead generation, business development, and creative services, GlobalFluency designs and executes digital marketing programs that drive measurable results for clients worldwide. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the GlobalFluency Network integrates global agency resources under one brand to deliver seamless cross-border programs that drive customer interaction, market advocacy, and media prominence. The company is a leader and innovator in web-driven Intelligent Market Engagement™ and has over 70 offices in 40 countries. GlobalFluency also operates influential membership groups that enable peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange among thousands of key decision makers and influencers. These include the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network, Coalition to Leverage and Optimize Sales Effectiveness (CLOSE), Marketing Supply Chain Institute, GeoBranding Center, Digital Marketing Performance Institute, Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME), Global Renewable Energy and Environmental Network (GREEN), Competitive Strategy Roundtable, Software Economics Council, and DecisionROI Institute. www.globalfluency.com
Horizen Ventures was founded in 2004 as an early stage fund focused on India-based technology and internet firms. In 2006, Horizen Ventures signed an exclusive partnership deal with SoftBank China & India Holdings. Since then, Softbank has made 21 investments and Horizen Ventures’ portfolio has grown to 6 companies, 5 of which are co-investments with Softbank. Horizen Ventures invests in the US, India, and Asia, and is raising a new fund in South Africa.
ICCG Capital provides an integrated solution to business transactions and planning while facilitating the finance of mortgages, growth capital needs, and other capital transactions. By combining resources across several disciplines to create customized plans, ICCG Capital helps clients to achieve the best possible outcomes through ethical business practices. www.iccgcapital.com
INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is owned by the South African government and was established in 1940 to encourage economic and industrial growth. By promoting entrepreneurship, building competitive businesses based on solid business principles, identifying and supporting new opportunities in the market, and providing risk capital, IDC aims to help create sustainable economic growth in South Africa and the African continent.www.idc.co.za
INNOVUS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (PTY) LTD
Innovus is the university industry interaction and innovation company of Stellenbosch University. Innovus is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the university. We manage the commercialization of the university’s innovation and intellectual property portfolio through patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies. Innovus is also responsible for all intellectual property and commercialization aspects in research agreements.
Through our LaunchLab business incubator, we offer various services and opportunities for entrepreneurs. In addition to this, our equity holding in the Innovus group of companies is a valuable asset for the university.
Our main focus is the management of intellectual property emanating from Stellenbosch University through:
- Identification and sourcing of IP-related projects/technology
- Evaluation of IP
- Protection of IP
- Managing administration of trademark, copyright and patent portfolio, as well as domain name portfolio of SU
- Maximizing return via commercialization
- Identifying possible industrial partners
- Negotiating transaction:
- Equity in commercial vehicles
- Research contracts
- Managing royalty income and distribution according to SU policy
Innovus is also responsible for the Division Short Courses at Stellenbosch University.
Our website profiles our impressive portfolio of patents and provides tools and advice for inventors wishing to commercialize their ideas and investors who want to help turn great ideas into realities.
Investable offers SME's access to capital, expertise and networks, all the key drivers of growth. It focuses on accelerating growth, unlocking value and enabling businesses to perform at their full potential, through the implementation of careful and well-thought out strategic and financial plans. Investable also opens up sales channels through its vast business networks and creates further value by evaluating the risks and opportunities inherent in business.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is a university “for tomorrow”—we nurture innovation, foster creativity, embrace technology, and develop people to meet the challenges of the world of tomorrow. “For tomorrow” also symbolizes our commitment to sustainable development that meets today’s needs and can be continued into the future. Learn more at http://www.nmmu.ac.za/Home.
NetLine is an online B2B multi-channel advertising network providing targeted branding and high-quality lead generation to companies, including seven of the top eight on the B2B Top Advertiser List.
As proven experts in B2B online demand generation, we help our clients increase their number of sales opportunities and accelerate the sales pipeline. We connect B2B companies with new potential customers across a network of over 15,000 website properties reaching over 75 million monthly unique visitors. NetLine syndicates their branded content and distributes it through the network via email, blogs, social media, and mobile. Leveraging innovative technology, we provide marketers with greater targeting capabilities and unmatched reach. NetLine's services have attracted clients such as Google, Hewlett Packard, HubSpot, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, VeriSign, SAP, SuccessFactors, and Symantec.
Founded in 1994, NetLine Corporation is privately held and headquartered in Los Gatos, California, with operations across the globe. www.netline.com
NOPICKETFENCE/AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR ACADEMY (BRANDSOCIAL)
No Picket Fence is a resource dedicated to providing entrepreneurial insights and education to South African entrepreneurs. Through free online learning that covers all aspects involved in creating a start-up company, No Picket Fence aims to help Africans develop 1 million new businesses—which would result in creating 5 million new jobs—by 2020. Individuals can sponsor the company, contribute content, or serve as a subject matter expert to help this goal become a reality. www.nopicketfence.co.za
Powerlinx helps SMEs grow by introducing them to the right partners. It learns your strategic objectives and pairs you with businesses whose goals complement yours, all in an efficient, affordable, and secure way. Whether you seek new suppliers, distributors, or M&A opportunities, or you’re looking to diversify your products or expand geographically, Powerlinx can find the partner for your company. Learn more about how Powerlinx can help your business grow at Powerlinx.com.
SILICON VALLEY BANK
For nearly three decades, SVB Financial Group and its subsidiaries, including Silicon Valley Bank, have been dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed. SVB Financial Group is a financial holding company that serves companies in the technology, life science, venture capital, and premium wine industries. Offering diversified financial services through Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Analytics, SVB Capital, SVB Global, and SVB Private Bank, SVB Financial Group provides clients with commercial, investment, international, and private banking services. The company also offers funds management, broker-dealer transactions, and asset management, as well as the added value of its knowledge and networks worldwide. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) operates through 27 offices in the U.S. and international operations in China, India, Israel, and the United Kingdom. More information on the company can be found at�www.svb.com
SOUTH AFRICA: THE GOOD NEWS
South Africa: The Good News is a news website that highlights the positive developments in South Africa. It is an independent organisation, apolitical and with no agenda other than to source and publish good news about our beloved country. We like to stimulate dialogue and debate. We like to offer a fresh perspective. Our goal is to address the reality/perception gap that is often more negative than positive as well as "sell" South Africa as a country of positive development, excitement, opportunity, interest, and as a potential travel and investment destination. The www.sagoodnews.co.za website, which Steuart Pennington founded in 2004 and updates everyday, is read in 185 countries around the world by some 50,000 visitors. Pennington has 12,000 followers on Twitter and 10,000 on Facebook. An expanded regional website, www.africathegoodnews.com, started in March 2009 and is growing exponentially. Pennington is heard weekly on SAfm radio by some 800 000 listeners. www.sagoodnews.co.za
South African Business Professionals in the United States
As a Nationality we found that we did not take advantage of contacts and mobility through our ‘ethnic communities” in the US/Canada where other entrepreneurs from other countries have done so for many years very successfully. After discussing this phenomenon we decided we wanted to help and assist with the making new connection process. In 2015 we started the South Africans in Illinois Networking Group (which meets on a monthly basis) and expanded it into South African Business Professionals in the United States (www.SA-Biz.com). As members of the South African Business Professionals in the United States we look to connect like-minded people across the States AND Canada to create relationships that support each others goals and visions through social and business connections. As members we are looking to build long-term, trusting relationships within our community.
STARTME! (CROWDFUNDING CREATIVITY IN SOUTH AFRICA)
The concept of crowdfunding refers to entrepreneurs who are looking for funding or assistance in getting a business or creative project off the ground—and are willing to provide services in return. StartMe is a crowdfunding portal that requires work and persuasion to acquire support. It enables businesses to build a strong level of support, including investors who will likely act as brand ambassadors. StartMe seeks start-ups that have stories behind them and inspire others to want to be a part of them. startme.co.za
THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN (UCT)
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions (www.uct.ac.za). UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.
Results from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2012/13 placed UCTat 154, the only university in Africa within the top 200 Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services (RCIPS) supports UCT's research activities by centrally managing, authorising and negotiating research contracts entered into with our wide variety of funders.
Intellectual property in the knowledge economy in which we operate is central to many of these contracts and the group strives to protect UCT's interests from the outset. We also assist with protection of the intellectual property flowing from our world-class research, often via patenting. RCIPS fulfills the role commonly referred to at universities as the "Technology Transfer Office".
RCIPS seeks to stimulate the growth of the South African economy by fostering small business development and/or the creation of jobs through the commercialisation and implementation of UCT's intellectual property, transforming society and leading to social and commercial benefit.
Visit the RCIPS website [www.rcips.uct.ac.za] and find out more about our processes, patenting, IP licensing and management, seminars, as well as information on technology transfer successes and technologies available.
U-Start is a global boutique advisory firm offering services targeted at facilitating the matching and cross-border investment amongst a select group of close to 100 international investors (Angels, VC funds, family offices, corporate offices and wealth management institutions mostly based in Europe) with early stage companies in Southern and Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. Part of the services provided by U-Start are delivered via an online matching platform designed to facilitate a connection amongst entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on opportunities arising within leading Accelerators, Incubators, Research Centers and Entrepreneurial Associations with an outstanding profile of business proposals, with investors. This is implemented through a website (www.u-start.biz). U-Start’s mission is to facilitate the actual finalization of deals by providing advisory services to investors, mainly European family offices, private investors and small/medium VC firms willing to invest and co-invest in the markets where U-Start operates, by supporting them in identifying suitable investment opportunities.
WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH AND ROSATTI
For more than 50 years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offered a broad range of services and legal disciplines focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With long-standing roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin; Brussels; Georgetown, DE; Hong Kong; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.wsgr.com
Watch out Hollywood, South African talent is here. Triggerfish is bringing a unique, homegrown perspective to create character-driven, universal stories from the heart of Cape Town. It's first release, Zambezia, is a full length feature celebrating diversity and community. Triggerfish has a vision of creating a strong and competitive local animation industry in South Africa, co-founding the first national animation body, AnimationXchange, which has over 2000 members across southern Africa.