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[Article translated into English. Read original Dutch text here]

In #cocreate2ACCELERATE Dutch and South African startups worked together. The goal: find opportunities in local challenges. But also building long-term relationships. The project provided 1 partnership agreement, 2 joint ventures and 7 pilot projects. “I could never have done this alone,” said one of the participants.

On September 8, 2017 the final presentations took place. The Dutch and South African participants shared their findings, lessons and successes.

Several Dutch startups have gained ground under ground in South Africa. One of the participants called the project ‘a good mix of insightful visits and concrete business meetings’.


Dutch ‘ Waste Sharks ‘ in South Africa

For example, the Rotterdam watercourse company RanMarine has left 3 pilot projects to participate in #cocreate2ACCELERATE . The drones of South African start-up Aerobotics will drive Ranmarine’s Waste Sharks to fish from river water. Aerobotics also uses satellite data in its analyzes.

In addition to this partnership, the V&A Waterfront and the City Council of Cape Town will conduct new pilot projects.


Ehealth startups

The startup MEDx eHealthCenter signed an agreement with Santerno Health & Wellness . These 2 startups run a pilot to use ehealth technology in streamlining health processes.


Digital learning environments

Learnbeat develops digital learning programs and also launches pilots in South Africa. aNewSpring supports developers of training and has now set up a joint venture with a South African partner.

The other startups have also gained good contacts. For example, through its experience in this project, Trefi has decided to offer its services in South Africa in the coming years. Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO) is building a network of 20,000 weather stations in sub-Saharan Africa. TAHMO also wants to place weather stations in the Western Cape. The telecommunications company Talk360 also participated in #cocreate2ACCELERATE .


South African scale ups

The program included 5 South African companies: Aerobotics, RecoMed, Snapplify, SkillUp Tutors and Trade Circle . Some of these companies want to expand from the Netherlands to Europe.



#cocreate2ACCELERATE was organized by the Consulate General in Cape Town, in collaboration with DutchBaseCamp and Start Up Safari and has been funded by RVO.nl. This project is part of the ministerial and trade agenda of Minister Ploumen and is carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The program falls under #cocreateSA , an initiative of the Dutch government in South Africa. Read more about the projects so far.

Full article link: https://www.rvo.nl/actueel/nieuws/start-ups-vinden-elkaar-zuid-afrika

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