Programme launched to strengthen tech ecosystem in Western Cape – – Ventureburn

The Western Cape Governments Digital Economy Unit within the Department of Economic Development and Tourism has launched the regions first programme dedicated to strengthening the local tech startup ecosystem.

The launch of the programme further affirms the Western Cape as Africas tech hub

Titled the DashTech programme, it aims to support the regions tech ecosystem by optimising growth for local tech startups and enabling job creation in the digital economy of the Western Cape.

David Maynier, Western Cape Governments Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities sheds light on the launch of the new programme and its overall aims.

To further strengthen our position as Africas tech capital, Digital Economy Unit in the Department of Economic Development, have launched the first DashTech programme to build on the local startup culture, to support the tech ecosystem and create an enabling environment for future growth and job creation in the digital economy in the Western Cape.

The programme kicked off its first session of events in November, coinciding with tech month in the region. The programme held events that facilitate a platform where startups could connect with potential investors, generate innovative ideas, collaborate with other businesses, enter new markets, improve local product development, and more.

With an innovative approach, the DashTech programme aims to fill existing gaps within the funding scene along with available accelerators and incubators.

The Dash-Tech programme held in November 2020 covered the following areas of the tech ecosystem:

Following the launch of the Western Capes tech ecosystem initiative, the Dash-Tech programme is an extension of the regions intentions to establish itself as the continents tech hub. (see this story)

The programmes overall objective is to create the best environment for companies to come together and drive business growth which will contribute to the economy in the Western Cape.

According to a statement by the Western Cape Government, the region is home to many tech and digital businesses that are primarily based in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

Various companies include Silicon Cape Initiative, Loudhailer, IEASA Interactive Entertainment South Africa), CiTi (Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative) and KPMG will function as hosts for DashTech programme events.

The programmes overall objective is to create the best environment for companies to come together and drive business growth which will contribute to the economy in the Western Cape.

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