Many have ventured in bringing hubs together and some have succeeded. However, not many have been able to create concrete collaboration between the hubs. SAIS does that with Connected Hubs.

SAIS 2 facilitates improved networks between innovation actors within Southern Africa through Connected Hubs. By connecting actors for a joint cause - enhanced entrepreneurship support and regional connectivity - the purpose is to build a community and facilitate knowledge exchange. The aim is to share best practices in innovation support and further build a networked community of innovation actors in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). After a successful pilot in 2018, the network grows from 10 organisations to 19 member organisations with five knowledge partners spanning across seven countries.

By the end of the year 2019, Connected Hubs will have built bridges between 20 business support organisations across seven countries, supported over 300 early-stage entrepreneurs and strengthened five early-stage, impact-driven start-ups. Overall hubs have strengthened their skills in start-up coaching and regional collaboration.


WHO WE ARE

Connected Hubs is a network of Southern African innovation support organisations with linkages to international innovation ecosystems.

WHAT WE DO

With a shared goal to enable and facilitate the development of early stage entrepreneurs, we have embarked upon a journey to collaborate to share best practises.

WE ARE REGIONAL

The actors are from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, the broader SADC region and beyond. 

CONNECTED HUBS

ACTIONS & OUTCOMES

BUILDING

CONNECTIVITY

SUPPORTING

CONNECTED HUBS

RESOURCES FOR INNOVATION ACTORS

Innovation events are important components of every innovation ecosystems adding value to role-players efforts of to network, to gain exposure and to create diverse platforms facilitating learning and timely sharing of knowledge.

An overview and definition of Ínclusive Innovation

Professor Mikko Koria, Associate Dean of Enterprise, Professor of Design Innovations, Director of  the Institute of Design Innovation, Loughborough University, London

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An in depth introduction to  Slush, one of the Europe’s largest start up and  tech events organised annually in Helsinki, Finland which sees over 40,000 attendants.

Aino Piirtola , Head of Global Impact Accelerator (GIA)

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Insight on the components of designing a tech conference as a  unique experience. Anssi Laurila, Creative Producer, Slush

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Practical guide on the key elements of event management for large scale conferences Margaretha van Schalkwyk, Operations Director, SA Innovation Summit

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An introduction to  the branding philosophy of Slush with practical guidelines on how it can be done.

Jesse Pyy, Chief Marketing Officer, Slush

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Basics of  marketing for a local innovation event, and provides tips on partnerships.

Dr. Audrey Verhaeghe, President, SA Innovation Summit

MEMBERS

CONNECTED HUBS

KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS

CONNECTED HUBS