Second Edition Of #cocreate2ACCELERATE Introduces Dutch Startups To The South African Tech Ecosystem

Posted on August 28th, 2017
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The second edition of #cocreate2ACCELERATE will once again see a collaboration between Dutch and South African startups. This year, #cocreate2ACCELERATE will include both a long and short programme.

The initiative of the Netherlands Consulate General in Cape Town will see the building of relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa, leading to international partnerships and expansions.

This year, #cocreate2ACCELERATE will include a long programme based on a rigorous process aimed at matching companies from both countries within specific vertical sectors to actively collaborate in the solving of identified challenges. The short programme will accompany this process and is aimed at introducing Dutch companies to the Cape Town startup ecosystem.

With this year’s focus on edutechfintechagritechhealthtech and bluetech, the programme will welcome the following start/scale-ups.

  • Dutch​ ​participants (short programme): aNewSpringSolarPipoTAHMO and Talk 360.
  • South​ ​African​ ​and​ ​Dutch​ ​participant​ ​partnerships (long programme): SnapplifyLearnBeatAeroboticsRanMarineTradeCircleTrefiPargoYoco” data-scayt-lang=”en_US”>YocoZoonaRecoMed and MEDx.

Startup Safari from South Africa and Dutchbasecamp are working together to provide training, mentorship, coaching and bootcamps to assist Dutch and South African companies in achieving their goals.

Isabel Brouwer, Dutch BaseCamp Director says, “The program is unique because it is hands-on and gives participants a real understanding of what it takes to scale to South Africa”.

7 Southern Africa Innovators To Pitch For Place In HiiL’s R300 000 Justice Accelerator

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has announced the regional semi-finals for its annual Innovating Justice Challenge.

Seven entrepreneurs and innovators from South Africa and Zimbabwe have been selected to take part in the event, which will take place at OPEN Maboneng in Johannesburg on 13 October 2017.

Successful finalists will have access to up to 20 000 EUR in equity-free grant money, and earn a place in the six month HiiL Justice Accelerator, a unique business development programme which specialises in growing startups focused on sustainable solutions to justice and legal problems.

This year’s semi-finalists will present their ideas to a panel of local legal and innovation experts, and international representatives from HiiL at the Boostcamp.

The 2017 Innovating Justice challenge saw a record 601 innovations submitted from 65 different countries, including 80 from the Southern Africa region.

“The number and quality of entries that HiiL received this year shows that the justice sector is ripe for disruption, with hundreds of like-minded innovators all thinking about how new technology and ideas can improve access to justice for all,” Head of the Justice Accelerator, Wilfried de Wever, says. “We’ve seen that every aspect of the law and its implementation is being challenged. In every country in which we operate, people are finding novel ways to improve justice systems. The challenge for HiiL is now is to look at how we can support even more innovators globally in their work.”

As well as the semi-final pitching session, the Innovating Justice Boostcamp will also feature key-note addresses, panel discussions, and interactive working sessions that will serve to bring together the different worlds of entrepreneurs, investors, civil society, justice professionals and academia.

The Boostcamp is a unique opportunity to talk and think about new ways to address key justice pain points such as Crime and Law Enforcement, Migration and Human Trafficking, Land and Property Rights, Family Justice, Neighbour Disputes, and Employment Justice. HiiL will also present from its own research based on large scale international studies carried out over 12 years.

Members of the public are encouraged to sign up to attend the Boostcamp at