Innovate Durban is a non-profit company aimed at stimulating innovation within the Durban region. Its focus is to support and promote innovation by creating platforms that will build and develop the innovation ecosystem in Durban.
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Innovate Durban is a non-profit company aimed at stimulating innovation within the Durban region. Its focus is to support and promote innovation by creating platforms that will build and develop the innovation ecosystem in Durban. Innovate Durban was set up by the eThekwini Municipality 4 years ago in an effort to create a conducive environment for innovation. At the time, there was a lack of support for innovation and there was limited collaboration.

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business established (14 of which received grant funding)

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Latest News

Innovate Durban has launched an Event Calendar to keep you informed of events in the Innovation sector! If you would like your event to be included please send us your event details by clicking here. You can also view our current Events Calendar by clicking the button below.

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Testimonials

Richard Ahlschlager

Aurecon Group

A note of appreciation to Innovate Durban in allowing us to partner with yourselves in Innovation and Youth Development. You have made it easy for Aurecon to part of this greater vision of a vibrant, relevant and agile generation that will take Durban forward. You have treated us as a valued partner and we look forward to accomplishing greater things together in the near future as we drive this common agenda.

Valerie Flanagan

International Labour Organisation

The ILO's Sustainable Enterprise Development Facility partnered with Innovate Durban in order to launch the province's first Youth Innovation Challenge in 2015. This initiative was so successful that it has become an annual initiative attracting ever-increasing sponsorships and partnerships with the private sector. This exciting youth-oriented initiative has made it possible for hundreds of young people to develop market-relevant IT skills and to launch sustainable businesses that create much needed jobs in the province.

Selene Shah

immedia

When interacting with Innovate Durban, one is immediately met with an iterative team of people who are intrinsically motivated by the success of our city and its incredible people. Together with its dialled-in, passionate ecosystem of partners, ID has made a real difference to emerging innovators year-after-year through initiatives like the Youth Innovation Challenge. It's rare to experience a municipal programme that goes above and beyond in fulfilling their mandate to mentor and create opportunities for its communities, and we are excited for Innovate Durban's future as it blossoms into its own organisation and identity.

Vishen Pillay

Adams & Adams

An entrepreneur-friendly business environment is key to growth in our province - and that does not just mean easing regulations for small businesses and inventors, it also means opening up cost effective access to expertise and skills to help create sustainable revenue streams from SME innovation and entrepreneurship. This is what the Innovate Durban initiative achieves, and Adams & Adams has been proud to be a partner since its inception.

Innovator Support Programme

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7 hours ago

Innovate Durban

"We welcome Nkululeko S. Mthembu who will be joining us at the Innovation Festival.

Director at PISTA - a research, design and innovation firm at the intersection of design thinking, cultural intelligence and technology. The meeting of these three disciplines is what he calls innovation. Through research, designing products, services and enhanced customer journeys, he unlocks value to help organisations realise innovation in VUCA environments.

#IFDurban2020
#Lookingtothefuture

Find out more about him on the Festival website : www.ifdurban.co.za/ "
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We welcome Nkululeko S. Mthembu who will be joining us at the Innovation Festival. 

Director at PISTA - a research, design and innovation firm at the intersection of design thinking, cultural intelligence and technology. The meeting of these three disciplines is what he calls innovation. Through research, designing products, services and enhanced customer journeys, he unlocks value to help organisations realise innovation in VUCA environments.

#IFDurban2020
#Lookingtothefuture

Find out more about him on the Festival website : https://www.ifdurban.co.za/

2 days ago

Innovate Durban

We welcome Lebo Gunguluza who will be joining us at the Innovation Festival.

CEO at GEM Group - Entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor - known as the "The Breakthrough Entrepreneur". A true trailblazer and leader in high technology innovation and great passion for FinTech and Cyber-Security. He is a pioneer in the 4th Industrial Revolution and has made investments in various financial technology companies and digital innovations. He is a Dragon investor from Dragon's Den Africa.

#IFDurban2020
#Lookingtothefuture

Find out more about him on the Festival website : www.ifdurban.co.za/
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We welcome Lebo Gunguluza who will be joining us at the Innovation Festival.

CEO at GEM Group - Entrepreneur, Turnaround Strategist, Inspirational Business Speaker and Dragon Investor - known as the The Breakthrough Entrepreneur. A true trailblazer and leader in high technology innovation and great passion for FinTech and Cyber-Security. He is a pioneer in the 4th Industrial Revolution and has made investments in various financial technology companies and digital innovations. He is a Dragon investor from Dragons Den Africa.

#IFDurban2020
#Lookingtothefuture

Find out more about him on the Festival website : https://www.ifdurban.co.za/

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the dragon, can't wait to see him. is he one of the judges for Pitching Den ? surviving the dragons.

5 days ago

Innovate Durban

Open Data Day 2020 – Women and Health in KwaZulu-Natal

Saturday 7 March 2020 is International Open Data Day and together with partners we will be hosting a data Easter Egg Hunt. Students and civil society representatives will work in small teams to analyse data and answer questions about women and health care issues in KwaZulu-Natal. The event will be facilitated by the Policy Action Network and Open Data South Africa, with support from the Civic Tech Innovation Network, Smartipants Technologies, VarsityGenie and the Human Sciences Research Council.

Click here to register:

BIT.LY/KZN2020
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Open Data Day 2020 – Women and Health in KwaZulu-Natal

Saturday 7 March 2020 is International Open Data Day and together with partners we will be hosting a data Easter Egg Hunt. Students and civil society representatives will work in small teams to analyse data and answer questions about women and health care issues in KwaZulu-Natal. The event will be facilitated by the Policy Action Network and Open Data South Africa, with support from the Civic Tech Innovation Network, Smartipants Technologies, VarsityGenie and the Human Sciences Research Council.

Click here to register:

HTTP://BIT.LY/KZN2020

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