Innovation Bridge Portal South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the economic imbalance in South Africa, a lack of basic necessities such as basic healthcare, food, water, energy and sanitization has subjected communities to poverty and left vulnerable.

The 4IR Incubator, therefore, challenges South African innovators to create solutions using artificial intelligence to establish a tool that can enable the government to evaluate descriptive data that will assist them to reach impoverished areas and deliver services and basic necessities with speed.


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Full description

The Prize

The winners will be afforded the opportunity to participate in our AI program, access resources that the incubator offers such as technical support, business development support and access to funding for their business venture.

Who can apply?

  • South African innovators with disruptive solutions to the problem statement.
  • These individuals must have a strong business case that has been thoroughly researched.
  • The solutions must be unique.
  • Preference will be given to those with ITC and analytics background.

About 4IR Incubator

The 4IR Incubator directly meets the objectives of the National Development Plan 2030 “by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capability- ties, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.”

The Incubator stimulates innovation, and in turn employment, entrepreneurship opportunities, job growth and generally enhances skilled individuals entering the South African market place. Working with various SMME’s, we have been building capability and capacity of 4IRI industries. Using this capability, we can use successes to create a baseline for empowering further SMMEs, job creation and community advancement through skills development.

The capabilities we have are focused on innovative technologies that add value to enhancing the future of industries.

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