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Big tech move: Innovation City Cape Town partners with Swedish expertise

This is a game-changer. Innovation City Cape Town is teaming up with Stockholm, the city that brought Skype and Spotify to the world.

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Is this about to be Africa’s Silicon Valley? The Innovation City of Cape Town is collaborating with Sweden’s Epicenter, the project will merge digital creators to accelerate worldwide growth. The project is set to get rolling in the first quarter of 2022.


Details of the much exciting project reveal that Mzansi and the African continent will enjoy a world-class digital community that should add velocity to an already thriving online economy.

If you thought the local online services and opportunities were advanced, they are now set to take the next level and beyond.

“Innovation City Cape Town is a by invitation only world-class digital community dedicated to helping startups, scale-ups and large corporations accelerate their growth through innovation and co-creation,” Innovation City Co-Founder, Kieno Kammies said.

“With hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into the tech ecosystem in South Africa, the time is ripe. Innovation City Cape Town is creating the space to supercharge the African continent, cross-pollinating ideas with talent and capital.”

If anything, Innovation City Cape Town’s new collaboration with Epicenter truly sounds like the birth of Africa’s Silicon Valley.

The statement added: “500+ member companies and proven track record of supercharging innovation, the community will fast track Cape Town’s digital ambitions and build an ecosystem brimmed by thought leaders and leading-edge ideas.”


Innovation City Cape Town will have its headquarters in the city center, Longkloof, inside a 3500 sqm building.

TravelStart Group and Disruption Monitor leaders said the project will play its part in bringing Mzansi’s COVID-19 pandemic setbacks.

“We believe that many of South Africa’s post-pandemic challenges will be solved by network-driven co-creation and breaking down silos,” the statement said.

“We want to work towards making Cape Town a more innovative destination with increased digitalization.”

Patrick Mesterton, CEO, and Co-founder of Epicenter added: “Epicenter is very excited to have entered a close partnership with Innovation City. It will be of great benefit for our respective member companies that are looking to grow, innovate and expand internationally.”

The launch event will take place on 26 November.