Silicon Cape, in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government and the South African Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom brought 11 entrepreneurs to London this week to expand their network of funders, mentors, partners and peers.
“The objective of this trip is simply to give the businesses attending access to people, information and experience that will make their companies even more successful,” said Rob Stokes, chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative.
“We have utilised our network in the UK to get our local business leaders in front of people who are keen to do business with IT companies in the Western Cape. There is a full itinerary of investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, acceleration and innovation labs and we have even managed to fit in tickets to rugby at Twickenham,” said Rob Gilmour of RSA Web, one of the visiting companies.
The companies that travelled to London include:
Afrozaar (Baobab Suite): Content redistribution and publishing across native app platforms
Flickswitch: Prepaid data SIM card management
Fraxion: Spend management software
Halcyonetic Studios: Graphic, usable, innovative software
Tr3dent: 3D Business visualisation Solutions
Korwe: Mobile enterprise and data personalisation
Moneysmart: Online PFM tool
Mytcg Tech: Mobile trading and collectable card games
RSA Web: Hosting, connectivity and cloud solutions
Studentology: Student marketing company with mobile payment solution
TIA: Technology Innovation Agency
Some of the key meetings taking place include the companies pitching to Pemjot Valia and Mamba Mentors, and meeting with Deloitte, Standard Bank, Blackberry and Google.
They are attending various networking functions, spending time with Sanlam and local South African success stories like Ad Dynamo. They will also be visiting Tech City and the Oxygen Acceleration Innovation Lab to name a few.
“We hope that this trade mission will be the first of many from Silicon Cape. Its important that we expand our networks and knowledge beyond the borders of South Africa and even Africa,” said Gilmour.