The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) through the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn is working in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism on a project to build capability and strengthen entrepreneurial technology solutions coming from the Townships.
“There is an amazing problem-solving ability within the township entrepreneur and CiTi is committed to support township technologists and ignite some creative technology solutions,” says CiTi CEO, Ian Merrington.
The focus areas of the project will be to support local tech startups as well as neighbourhood development projects and initiatives with technology solutions to challenges faced in the townships. Startups will gain exposure to international best practice to broaden their horizons on possibilities and there will also be an opportunity for private sector investors to invest in tech startups participating in the project.
“We will create platforms for tech startups to engage, share ideas, challenges and opportunities and collaborate on solutions that works,” says Fezeka Mavuso, General Manager of the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, based in Lookout Hill.
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