The eThekwini Municipality together with partners, Technology Innovative Agency (TIA) and Nedbank, will be hosting a first ever Innovation Summit on Thursday, 11 July 2013, at the Tropicana Hotel, Marine Parade.
 
The purpose of the Summit is to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, networking and technology-based economic and social development. It aims to bring businesses in various sectors together to encourage innovation in the way in which they approach their businesses and launch an Innovation programme with key partners.
 
Dr Anneline Chetty, a Senior Manager in the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit says that, as we move into the future we need to start thinking about how we are going to deal with the effects of climate change, poverty and peak oil that may be upon us sooner than we think.
 
“By encouraging innovation, creativity and learning amongst our practitioners it is hoped that the Municipality will be able to be resilient and adapt to these challenges converting them into opportunities, says Chetty”.
 
Entrepreneurship in South Africa is plague by sameness, monotony and boredom. In order to achieve higher levels of economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation, more innovation needs to be introduced in the way we conduct business to increase both productivity and profitability.
 
The Summit will be graced by Mr Robert B. Tucker who will be a guest speaker. Mr Tucker is the President and founder of The Innovation Resource, one of the world’s most in demand innovation speakers. He is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been a consultant and keynote speaker for 25 years.
 
In this Summit entrepreneurs will be exposed to leading best practices and support to develop a business plan for their technology business or business idea.
 
Members of the media are invited to attend the Summit scheduled as follows:
 
DATE : 11 July 2013
TIME : 08h30
VENUE: Tropicana Hotel, Marine Parade
 
For more information please contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email: Thabo.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za.