Entrepreneurs in South Africa have been invited to showcase their innovations and develop future-focused technologies that can bring the ‘smart city’ concept to life. The annual Attacq Smart Cities Innovation Pitching Platform has opened applications and winning entrepreneurs have the potential to see their ideas implemented.

Apart from the potential of having their ideas implemented, entrepreneurs stand a chance to win their share of $7,500 (R100,000) for direct business needs or incubation support to the value of $11,300 (R150,000).

“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 they felt it was necessary to be part of the change, rather than just accepting change when it came to their world class shopping mall portfolio. The initial partnership between the LaunchLab and Attacq has proved to be very successful and they are very excited to turn their focus in innovation toward the idea of living in a smart city,” said Michael Clampett, Head of Asset Management: Retail at Attacq.

The contest is open to all aspiring innovators, from student and non-student communities, and applications will close on 29 September 2017. Attacq have indicated that they are looking for entrepreneurs with solutions that focus on the following areas:

  • Location technologies
  • Transportation
  • Security
  • “Black screen” technology
  • Loyalty
  • Technology to improve experiences in spaces where people live, work and play.

Another interesting twist for the 2017 competition is that the organizers have invited applicants to design their technologies for Attacq's flagship development, Waterfall City.

The pitching platform is also available at participating university campuses around the South Africa namely; Stellenbosch University (SU), The University of Western Cape (UWC), The University of Cape Town (UCT), The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), The University of Johannesburg (UJ), WITS University, Central University of Technology (CUT) and The University of Pretoria (UP).

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