Building a Globally Competitive Tech Hub

Sebekedi Motlhabane (Mo) Koloi is Greenfield Investment Portfolio Manager for Technology at Wesgro. In episode 4 of the 10 episode Wesgro Series on Future Cities Africa we discuss: Building a Globally Competitive Tech Hub.

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Listen or watch to understand:

  • Breakdown of his role at Wesgro.
  • Tech ecosystems.
  • How the Cape Town/ Western Cape tech ecosystem stand up to the rest of the world.
  • Competition between different areas (Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Saldanha, etc.) within the Western Cape.
  • Why competition between different areas in the Western Cape is good and how it enables them to draw even more robust value propositions for investors.
  • What exactly draws Tech investors to the Western Cape.
  • The vital ingredients for the development of a competitive tech ecosystem.
  • Why it is important, from a government and from an economic growth point of view, to support the development of a competitive tech industry.
  • Levers the government have to support the development of a competitive tech industry both at a provincial and national level.
  • Companies and Institutions mentioned; Jumo, Yoco, Luno, WhereIsMyTransport, GetSmarter, Amazon Web Services, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch, Cape IT Initiative, Silicon Cape, Stellenbosch Network).

About Sebekedi Motlhabane (Mo) Koloi
Motlhabane is an investment portfolio Manager for Wesgro, the official trade, investment and tourism promotion agency for the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape. In this has experience working with multinational technology businesses, in promoting the Cape Town and the Western Cape as an investment destination for technology businesses.

He serves on the Board of Silicon Cape, a tech community dedicated to developing the Western Cape as an innovation hub for Africa and the world. Motlhabane also served as a Senior Advisor for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, a Global network of youth volunteers who are developing solutions and programmes for the Sustainable Development Goals.

He has been recognised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his work in supporting sustainable development and the pan African technology community. He has served as an acceleration partner for the UN Foundation's Solutions Summit supporting high growth tech businesses for the sustainable development goals. Most recently he has been awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to further research international trade by technology businesses.

About Wesgro
We are a region of unlimited potential. And this translates into unlimited opportunity. Whether you're interested in travel, investment, film or exporting, Cape Town and the Western Cape have something for you. Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, can help you uncover these opportunities.

As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro assists investors and businesses looking to branch out into the province.

Regardless of the sector your company operates in - be it wine, technology, agriculture or another sector - Cape Town and the Western Cape have all the elements necessary to make your investment a success.

We are a region of unlimited potential, and this translates into unlimited opportunity. We offer expertise and assistance to those looking to travel, invest, film or trade in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Let Wesgro, the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, help you uncover these opportunities.

Visit: Wesgro

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