Gartner Symposium in Cape Town calls for startups


The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2015, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in September, is inviting tech startups to exhibit their innovations at the event.

The symposium will feature an Aspiring Innovators programme, which aims to support African startup technology while giving Gartner’s clients access to innovative local technology solutions.

“This year we’re calling on African tech startup companies who have something unique to offer our enterprise clients, to enter the Aspiring Innovators programme,” said Jeffrey Mann, Gartner Research vice president and chair of the event.

Over the three-day event, more than 1,000 senior IT executives will engage with peers, Gartner analysts and industry leaders on how to seize digital opportunities, take them from theory to practice and become indispensable IT leaders in the new, digital world of business.

Gartner is looking for applicants from early-stage startups with products that supports B2B or corporate B2C use cases, are in production or beta with at least two customers, has fewer than 50 employees and are based in Africa.

Interested parties should send a ‘company CV’ and a short description of why their product is innovative to [email protected].

“Gartner research analysts will select the successful applicants who will get the opportunity to showcase their business and its solutions in front of an engaged audience of senior IT decision-makers. They will also receive space in a shared sponsored ITxpo stand where delegates can come and meet them,” Gartner said.


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