The Annual Southern Africa Innovation Forum (ASAIF) is the SAIS 2 annual flagship event bringing together business, government, donors, NGOs and communities to share good practice and learn around issues of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in the SADC region and internationally.
ASAIF 2018 was held within the SA Innovation Summit on 12 September at Cape Town Stadium under the theme of “Inclusive Innovations”.The theme explored Inclusive Innovation from the perspective of early-stage entrepreneurs developing products and services particularly with and for the socially or economically excluded populations.
ASAIF was organised in partnership with the Connected Hubs network or regional innovation support organisations from the the five SADC (SAIS implementing partner) countries. Their input in the structure and organisation of the event ensured regional contributions were integrated into the event. Speakers and panelist for the programme were crowd sourced using the open innovation platform Viima. ASAIF will continue to build content using this inclusive approach and drawing on the best locally sourced resources to enhance the programme.
Panellists, speakers and presenters provided diverse views on best practises in supporting innovation ecosystems for entrepreneurship in the SADC region. Some key insights focused on the role of start-ups’ and entrepreneurs in promoting more inclusive growth and the importance of including the wider society in innovation and development activities. Approximately 120 attendants comprising of startups, entrepreneurs, representatives of private and public sectors attended.
In 2018, SAIS 2 partnered with the SA Innovation Summit an annual ﬂagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, that is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration within its own eco-system, the initiative brings together corporates, thought leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs, academia and policy makers.
Partnering and Collaborating for ASAIF 2019
SAIS welcomes the opportunity to partner and collaborate on hosting the ASAIF 2019 with interested stakeholders throughout SADC on an annual basis. Contact us to express interest.