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South Africa – Ireland Tech Challenge Launch

11 December 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

South Africa – Ireland Tech Challenge Launch – Science Forum South Africa

11 December 2020 – 9:00-10:30am

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa, with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the Technology Innovation Agency of South Africa, has designed a niche South Africa-Ireland Tech Challenge that will pilot in 2021. This initiative, and the collaborative partnerships it aims to incentivize, will focus on supporting innovation, technology development, and technology deployment and commercialisation through partnerships between Irish and South African tech entrepreneurs and SMMEs. The South Africa-Ireland Tech Challenge will support partnerships that align strongly with Ireland and South Africa’s shared commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and will focus on thematic priorities such as climate solutions, women’s entrepreneurship, and innovation for the SDGs. More broadly, it will aim to develop mutually beneficial and sustainable linkages between the Irish and South African technology and innovation ecosystems.


  • 9:00       Welcome by Ireland’s Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora
  • 9:10       Introducing the South Africa Ireland Tech Challenge by the Ambassador of Ireland
  • 9:20       ACEO of the Technology Innovation Agency, Mr Patrick Krappie
  • 9:35       Enterprise Ireland Divisional Manager High Potential Start-Ups, Jenny Melia
  • 9:50       Prof. Orla Feely, VP for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin
  • 10:20     Concluding Remarks


11 December 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am