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Cape Town/Stockholm Connect fuels tech innovation and opportunities<p>​</p><span><p>Under this initiative, companies, developers, customers, investors, entrepreneurs, and institutions from across South Africa and Sweden are linked via a series of activities. </p><p>Stockholm is the birthplace of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Skype and Spotify, while Cape Town is home to almost 60% of South Africa's start-ups. Thus, it makes sense to link up our two cities to share knowledge and opportunities for the mutual benefit of our tech ecosystems and economies.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:712px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>The Cape Town/Stockholm Connect platform speaks to the City government’s larger goal of creating the ideal growth environment for tech start-ups and simultaneously upskilling more Capetonians for existing and future jobs. </p><p>Thanks to our funding to organisations such as the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Africa's longest-running tech incubator, we are working towards that goal. CiTi has turned out more than 2 000 businesses and supported over 3 000 entrepreneurs since its inception in 1999.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1394px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>I am happy to confirm that the City will be supporting research and development programmes at SiliconCape, one of the metro’s major tech accelerators. As part of the Start-Up, Up-Skill masterclasses, experienced business leaders will mentor younger novice entrepreneurs.</p><p>Our support for these initiatives, alongside partnerships with game-changers in tech capitals such as Stockholm, will help Cape Town maintain its status as Africa’s innovation hub while laying the foundation for more job opportunities for Capetonians. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1492px;" /> </figure><strong>End​​</strong></span><span>​​</span>2022-04-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3e00c2c7-fedf-442d-8068-e856bb6690e2;L0|#03e00c2c7-fedf-442d-8068-e856bb6690e2|Skills;GP0|#bb855cbf-399a-4e7c-a8ab-2259c303cdcc;L0|#0bb855cbf-399a-4e7c-a8ab-2259c303cdcc|Innovation;GPP|#8936016a-84b9-4e4e-8cd2-e10102f00d7710

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