Swiss Business Delegation Visit to Stellenbosch & Launch of Stellenbosch Innovation District

Swiss Business Delegation Visit to Stellenbosch & Launch of Stellenbosch Innovation District

A Swiss business delegation led by the state president of Geneva, will be making a special visit to Stellenbosch town on October 26th 2012. Their interests will be in conducting business, research and making institutional connections for investment and joint venture opportunities with South Africa and Stellenbosch. Their aims are to better understand the economic landscape, and they show interest in our developmental goals and challenges. You are cordially invited to attend this networking event, which will also host some of our local experts plus an exciting introduction and launch of the Stellenbosch Innovation District project.

Focus: Green Economy, CleanTech, Agro-processing, ICT & Finance

Hosts: Hosted by Stellenbosch University, Municipality and Business

Venue: Stellenbosch Municipality Council Chambers, 16 Plein Street, Stellenbosch

R.S.V.P: There are limited places available, please reserve a seat by e-mailing by the 23rd of October 2012.

NB: Please request a list of visiting delegates and company profiles if required.


Programme for Friday 26th October


9:00 Welcome & Response of the Swiss Delegation

Rector of University of Stellenbosch

Professor Russel Botma

State President of Geneva

State President. Unger


Keynote Address

The Innovation landscape of South Africa

Minister Derek Hannekom

Honorable Minister of Science & Technology


Presentation 1

Developing Appropriate Technologies for African Markets

Professor Alan Brent

School of Public Leadership, Sustainability Institute, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies


Coffee/Tea & Networking with local business owners in Stellenbosch and surrounding region


Presentation 2

The Stellenbosch Innovation District

Pieter van Heyningen

Stellenbosch Innovation District Project Manager, School of Public Leadership

11:15 Closing Address

The Future of the Western Cape as the Green Province

Premier Helen Zille

11:45 Thanks

Networking & Discussions

Clr. Pietman Retief


Swiss Delegation Departs