As part of Nedbank’s digital journey, Nedbank has expanded its corporate partnership with Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play in a move that will see the world’s largest innovation platform come to South Africa as part of The Disruption Agenda.
The first innovation programme of its kind in Africa, Plug and Play will enable major corporations and business leaders on the continent to connect with the best technology startups.
“The Disruption Agenda programme will bring 10 visionary innovators from across the globe to South Africa and introduce them to high-profile business leaders, thereby accelerating the matching of startups to corporates and business leaders in South Africa and Africa,” Stuart van der Veen, Head of Innovation and Disruption at Nedbank CIB
“Africa offers a melting pot of opportunities for new solutions to succeed and thrive, and disruption and innovation can tangibly drive the growth of Africa going forward. It should be top-of-mind for everyone.” Damien Reddy, Strategy and Marketing Executive at Nedbank CIB
Selected startups were identified as being at the leading edge of digital transformation as relevant disruptors to solving cross-sector business challenges at a corporate level within the local market. These include some of the best and brightest minds from the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom as well as three African startups, with disruption solutions ranging from drone imagery analytics to neurocomputing and cyber security.
“Being African, I think we spend a lot of our time dealing with constraints and challenges of doing business on the continent, but The Disruption Agenda gives us the opportunity to reframe these constraints into a positive and inspiring message around the opportunities to solve our challenges through the expertise and talent that we have locally, in open-minded partnership with solutions providers from around the world, to deliver uniquely African solutions to African needs.” Ray Naicker, Chief Digital Officer at Nedbank
“Businesses need to innovate because their customers naturally do, and by giving startups the opportunity to meet some of the biggest and best companies in South Africa, The Disruption Agenda moves us to the front-end of innovation in South Africa.” Tawanda Chatikobo, Head of Digital Channels and Product
The Disruption Agenda in September is a closed event, specifically structured for Nedbank clients.
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