South African Government Calls For Disruptive Tech To Boost Tourism Sector


Tech World

Dec. 16, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

South Africa’s Tourism Department in collaboration with Technology Innovation Agency(TIA) invites both existing and prospective innovators in the Tourism sector to submit funding applications for the development of technologies addressing the needs of the tourism sector, with a strong emphasis on digital and green technologies.

The TIA is a public entity that supports the development and commercialisation of competitive technology-based services and products.

The call for innovators is under the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation and Incubation Programme (TTGIIP) , a joint initiative by the Tourism Department and TIA.

According to a statement from the department, the incubation program programme aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and new start-up enterprises in the tourism industry, underpinned by technology, innovation and new business ideas that have the potential to enhance services in tourism.

“The purpose of TTGIIP is to provide a pipeline of young South African tourism-tech entrepreneurs who can enhance or disrupt the industry as well as introduce new concepts that will help boost, sustain and create more jobs in the tourism sector”, it read.

The project will focus on four key elements of business development which include:

  • Business management skills of the entrepreneur through skills development and training
  • The enterprise idea and prototype design and development, business viability and market testing, regulatory compliance, business financial/ risk structure and quality standards,
  • Facilitate start-up funding and venture capital for business expansion and,
  • Facilitation of market and trade linkages for commercialization of enterprises.

Aside from grant funding for the proposed innovation, the selected innovators will receive Intellectual Property Support, business development support, training, mentorship and incubation support,product & technical development expertise, design, infrastructure, hard/software materials and manufacturing, networking and market access activities and Industry compliance and certification.

The program is open to South Africans aged 18 to 35 and women, youth, people with disabilities and those from previously disadvantaged communities are encouraged to apply.

The closing date for the application is 8th January 2021 before 5pm. Applicants can click here to apply online.

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