17 Key innovation hubs in South Africa | Grow your technology, digital health startup

17 Key innovation hubs in South Africa | Grow your technology, digital health startup

17 Key innovation hubs in South Africa to promote your technology, digital health startup

Just like the rest of the world, South Africa has also been revolutionised by the digital transformation and technological evolution. This has given rise to the need for different technology and innovation hubs to promote the startup ecosystem and help the startups grow in the South African market. Taking shape in different focus areas, with a grassroots approach, no matter what local name they go with; tech hub, innovation hub, incubators, technology centres are connecting local young entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, and investors. Here is a list of 17 key innovation hubs in South Africa.

South Africa

1. InvoTECH

InvoTech is an Innovation and Technology Business Incubator that is supported by the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and funded by Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).

URL

Web: https://www.invotech.co.za/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/invotech.co.za/

Contact person

Email: invotech@dut.ac.za

Phone: 031 201 47 88

2. ALPHACODE

Alphacode identifies, partners and grow extraordinary next-generation financial services entrepreneurs. Alphacode has different membership packages such as Green, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond which offers different opportunities such as co-working space, networking and capital investment to fintech entrepreneurs.

URL

Web: https://www.alphacode.club/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/alphacodeclub/

Contact person

Email: info@alphacode.club

Phone: +27 11 282 8074

3. JoziHub

Fosters a culture of openness and innovation – providing a space to share ideas, collaborate and explore the opportunities created by the social and technological changes which are transforming our continent.

URL

Web: http://www.jozihub.org/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/jozihub/

Contact person

Email: info@jozihub.org

Phone: +27 82 451 3654

4. Impact Hub

Impact Hub Johannesburg is a member-based co-working space and event venue that unites and empowers impact-driven individuals! Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs, freelancers, techies, consultants, investors, creatives, artists and more.

URL

Web: http://johannesburg.impacthub.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impacthubjoburg

Contact person

Email: johannesburg.hosts@impacthub.net

Phone: +27 (0) 11 048 2542

5. Silicon Cape

Founded in 2009, by Vinny Lingham and Justin Standford, the organization has grown to over 10 000 individual members, representing over 500 organizations with close ties with other professional bodies such as Wesgro, CITI and Global Entrepreneurship, the government of the Western Cape and the City of Cape Town.

URL

Web: https://www.siliconcape.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/SiliconCape/

Contact person

Email: sumarie@siliconcape.com

Phone:+27 (0) 11 048 2542

6. Impact Amplifier

Impact Amplifier Was founded to address Africa’s socio-economic and environmental challenges, innovative entrepreneurs and business models must emerge.

URL

Web: http://www.impactamplifier.co.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactamplifier

Contact person

Email: info@impactamplifier.co.za

Phone: +27 (0)21 418 3336

7. Code Bridge

 Code Bridge is a civic tech incubator, but it is also a great deal more than that. Incubators generally exist to find and develop technology start-ups. Code Bridge takes it a step further, by drawing from their community.

URL

Web: http://codebridge.org.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codebridge/

Contact person

Email: community@openup.org.za

Phone: 021 671 6306

8. Eastern Cape Information Technology Initiative

ECITI was set up as a sector stimulator for ICT-based economic development prioritizing small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) in the ICT and film sectors in the Eastern Cape. Their programmes are designed to foster the growth and development of the Eastern Cape ICT sector with the aim of positioning the province as one of Africa’s leading centres of ICT excellence.

URL

Web: http://www.eciti.co.za

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eastern-Cape-Information-Technology-Initiative-ECITI-208721962558213/

Contact person

Email: info@eciti.co.za

Phone: +27 87 373 0970

9. Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi)

The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) believes in the potential of African entrepreneurs, and their ability to contribute to the digital economy, set to reach $100 trillion by 2025 (World Economic Forum).

URL

WEB: http://www.citi.org.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapeITInitiative/

Contact person

Email: reception@bwb.org.za

Phone: +27 (21) 409 7000

10. House4Hack

The House 4 Hack is an initiative to bring together technology specialists and entrepreneurs in an informal setting. The setting is a 400 m² house in Lyttleton Manor in Centurion and will be equipped with various prototyping tools.

URL

Web: http://www.house4hack.co.za/

Contact person

Email: schalk.heunis@gmail.com

Phone: +27 82 777 7098

11. Softstart BTI

Provides an integrated package of workspace, shared office services, access to specialized equipment and value-added services like management assistance, access to finance, marketing, and networking support.

URL

Web: https://softstartbti.co.za/

Contact person

Email: connect@softstartbti.co.za

Phone: (+27) 011 695 4800

12. mLab

mLab Southern Africa (SA) is a mobile solutions laboratory and startup accelerator that provides entrepreneurs and mobile developers with the support they need to develop innovative mobile applications and services.

URL

Website: https://www.mlab.co.za/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mLabSA/

Contact person

Email: derrick@mlab.co.za

Tel: +27(0)1284420 | +27 012 844 0240

13. RLabs

RLabs is a global movement that provides innovative solutions to address various complex problems. It creates an environment where people are empowered to make a difference in the lives of others and a place where individuals may find empowerment and transformation can occur through hope, technology, innovation, training and economic opportunities.

URL

Web: https://www.rlabs.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rlabsZA/

Contact person

Email: info@rlabs.org

Phone: +27 21 699 1453

14. The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub’s mission is to promote the socio-economic development and competitiveness of Gauteng through innovation.

URL

Website: http://www.theinnovationhub.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovHubZA/

Contact person

Email: marketing@theinnovationhub.com

Phone: +27 12 844 0000

15. Workshop 17

A space in which start-ups and experienced companies, profit and non-profit, big and small, can come together to talk, collaborate, experiment and innovate.

URL

Web: http://workshop17.co.za/

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/workshop17/

Contact person

Email: info@workshop17.co.za

Phone: +27 21 205 9000

16. Startup 90

Startup 90 offers accelerator programs that prepare high-growth businesses to accelerate and scale innovative businesses ideas.

URL

Web: www.startup90.com

Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/startup90/

Contact person

Email: info@startup90.com

17. Central University of Technology FabLab

The FabLabsenable grassroots inventions by providing a platform where communities can have access to advanced tools that can help people make products to address local needs. The strength of the FabLab initiative is that users get to complete the concept-design fabricate process to make physical products, i.e. a fully ‘hands-on’ experience.

URL

Web: http://www.fablab.co.za/

Contact person

Email: info@fablab.co.za

Phone: +27 12 841 2138

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