Cape Townâ€™s favourite geek event is back! Promising to be bigger & better, Net Prophet 2016 is set to bringÂ a week of innovation and technology in South Africaâ€™s Silicon Cape.
Net Prophet 2016, set to take place in Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre on the 7th of April, is set to bring aÂ week of initiatives and events in support of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth.
“Be inspired by authentic tales from the trenches. Get tactical, handsÂon training from world experts. Be guided by pros on critical aspects of business. Pitch for investment. Learn from your peers and our community experts, year round.”
The official release reads:
Net Prophet, making a difference
5.4M South Africanâ€™s are unemployed (Trading Economics, 2015). Entrepreneurs and small businesses have the potential to recast this stark reality. According to Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, small businesses currently contribute nearly 50% to our GDP, and offer more than 50% of all employment opportunities (IDC, 2014).
We can’t rely on government initiatives to do this alone. In 2009, the RAMP Foundation, recognising the need to build a culture of innovation, specifically in the area of technology, launched Africaâ€™s best loved technology and innovation conference, Net Prophet.
Today, the platform consists of a number of initiatives each playing a unique role in the technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem. N et Prophet, the conference (7 April 2016) will inspire with authentic tales from the trenches. Tactical, handsÂon training can be had from world experts at our new halfÂday workshops, Net Prophet Works, on 8 April 2016. For a monthly injection of Net Prophet magic, join our Net Prophet Fireside chats.
Net Prophet is a registered NPO, any profit made from these events goes to the Net Prophet Bursary.
A rock concert for entrepreneurs
The Net Prophet conference is Africaâ€™s largest tech entrepreneur event, bringing together innovators, founders, technologists, startups, angel investors and venture capitalists for a day filled with aha! moments at Cape Townâ€™s Artscape Theatre. Weâ€™ve had a range of speakers from SAâ€™s own Arthur Goldstuck (World Wide Worx) to EÂBayâ€™s Jody Ford; from Triggerfishâ€™s humble Stuart Forrest to the deeply intense Julian Assange (Wikileaks).
Be open to the new possibilities offered by technology. Meet likeÂminded people and energise yourself as you mingle with our local and international prophets. In the event that you miss it, all our talks are available online for free after the event.
This year, you have the opportunity to gain firstÂhand insights from our industry experts. Weâ€™ve added an additional day of practical halfÂday workshops.
The Net Prophet conference will be held on 7 April 2016 at the Artscape Theatre, Cape Town. N et Prophet Works will take place at Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront on 8 April 2016. Watch @NetProphetLive for early bird ticket announcements.
Startups look sharp
The first week in April kicks off with the Sparkup! Weekend Programme , Net Prophet 2016’s annual accelerator programme at UCTâ€™s Graduate School of Business. Likened to an MBA in a weekend, it runs 1 Â 3 April, and is sponsored and free to startups who make it through the strenuous application process. Put your startup through its paces and stand a chance to secure L ive Investment on the 4 April at the industryâ€™s premiere dragonsâ€™ den style event.
Programme entries open in midÂ February, so be sure to follow @SparkupLive for announcements.
Partner with us to build a sustainable SA through entrepreneurship and economic growth
The onus is on South African businesses to step up and play their part for the greater good of our nation.
If you are as passionate about growing the African entrepreneur / SME community and would like to be seen as a driving force behind social innovation, we invite you to become a Net Prophet sponsor. T his qualifies as a tax deductible donation as Net Prophet is a registered NPO.
Be sure to diarise this week of innovation and technology in the fairest Cape, brought to you by Net Prophet and the RAMP Foundation.
Key dates to remember:
- Â 7 April 2016, the conference at the Artscape Theatre
- 8 April 2016, Net Prophet Works at Workshop 17If youâ€™d like to get involved in any of these initiatives, please contact Tracy Gander firstname.lastname@example.org for details.