ATTACQ, LaunchLab launch SA Smart Cities challenge


JSE-listed ATTACQ and Stellenbosch University incubator LaunchLab are partnering again to launch a Smart Cities challenge, looking to engage with startups to make Waterfall City the premier location in Gauteng to live, work and play.

LaunchLab and ATTACQ are looking for entrepreneurs with solutions that address opportunities in location technologies, transportation, security, “black screen” technology, loyalty and technology to improve experiences.

The two organisations originally partnered in August of 2016 to host a workshop where budding entrepreneurs and startups could engage with ATTACQ over what types of businesses they were looking for.  

Six winners were chosen out of the original 86 submissions at the LaunchLab’s Ideas Pitching Platform. After going through LaunchLab’s Lift-Off programme, three startups have survived and ATTACQ is using their network and global footprint to help them expand.  The companies are Vizibiliti Insight, Drive Buy and SwiftPay.

“ATTACQ was founded by property entrepreneurs looking to put their stamp on the local property market, and that spirit runs through the everyday business of ATTACQ. In the dynamic retail environment we felt it was necessary to be part of the change, rather than just accepting change when it came to our world class shopping mall portfolio,” said Michael Clampett, head of asset management – retail at ATTACQ.

“Our initial partnership with Launch Lab has proved to be very successful and we are very excited to turn our focus in innovation toward the idea of living in a smart city.”

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