The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has launched its #cocreate2ACCELERATE programme, bringing together five South African companies and five Dutch innovators to tackle five different challenges.
The programme is an initiative of #cocreateSA, which was launched last year is a platform for South African and Dutch counterparts to exchange ideas and innovations for a sustainable future.
#cocreate2ACCELERATE will take place in August at the Open Design Festival, with five South African participants chosen. They are include gaming development companies Sea Monster and RetroEpic, and app builder Polymorph.
The team of Dutch innovators include disruptive thinker and public speaker Jan Henk Bouman, digital nomad Esther Jacobs, and global entrepreneur Kevin Weijers.
“South Africa and the Netherlands are both innovation hubs, and the companies participating in #cocreate2ACCELERATE are some of the most innovative in their field. It is important for us to support South African SMEs by creating mutually beneficial long term partnerships and economic growth,” said Dutch Consul-General Bonnie Horbach.
The five challenges that will be addressed range from expanding a company using a flat organisation structure, to taking a business overseas. The teams will collaborate to co-create solutions to local business challenges and establish international partnerships.