City of Cape Town seeks startups with workforce development solutions


The City of Cape Town has put out its second call to action to local startups this month, this time announcing it is seeking an evidence-based, high impact and targeted workforce development solution.

The city is looking for a solution for its residents that will deliver effective demand-driven human development and business placements, with any proposed solution enhancing existing interventions.

Solutions that address the coordination of services delivered across Cape Town, opportunity identification, screening, developing and matching, the creation of business placements, awareness raising and monitoring and evaluating outcomes are invited to apply for May 14.

“Depending on the form of the winning submission to address this challenge, it is expected that the winners will work with the city through knowledge share, a pilot or other demonstration of their winning solution in the city. Alternatively, the solutions shared through this challenge could be used to inform a specification for a formal procurement by the City of Cape Town,” the city said.

It is the second such call for solutions this month, with Disrupt Africa reporting the City of Cape Town had called for startups with possible solutions to its urban challenges to assist it in revolutionising informal trading in the city.

South African startups can still send their submissions of creative solutions to empower the informal trading sector to the Economic Development Department, which says it is opening up the city to businesses and entrepreneurs that can transform public services, accelerate innovation and leverage public spending more effectively.

“Cape Town aims to revolutionise informal trading in the city. By improving infrastructure, optimising site management and enhancing the customer experience, the impact of this challenge will be felt across the city,” the City of Cape Town said.

“From vendors of fresh food, to mobile phones or tourist souvenirs, Cape Town traders and their customers will benefit from logistically simpler, more secure and more lucrative trading.”


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