Forge Academy to host showcase for tech SMMEs

FORGE Academy, South Africa’s first absolutely inclusive Fourth Industrial Revolution lab, would host a showcase for small and medium-sized tech companies and start-ups, it mentioned yesterday.

The occasion can be hosted at The Gantry in Fourways on June 30.

Forge Academy, which has partnered with Nokia and the ICT SMME Chamber, mentioned it was providing a singular alternative for tech small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and tech start-ups to current their companies to a panel of judges on the showcase occasion.

The high six companies would win a spot to exhibit their business and merchandise on the Forge Academy Digital Street Festival on November 18 at Montecasino in Fourways.

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Arthur Wade Anderson, the chief govt of Forge Academy, mentioned: “We are on a drive to assist small and medium-sized micro-enterprises operating in the tech sector to gain exposure and to grow their businesses … The festival will offer great exposure to potential investors who may be interested in injecting some capital to accelerate their growth.”

Muzi Makhaye, the chief chairperson of the ICT SMME Chamber, mentioned the growing rate of unemployment, significantly among the many youth, had lengthy been probably the most urgent socio-economic issues and “should represent a dire warning to us all.

“We can ignore this warning at our own peril. More so, some young work-seekers are not sufficiently educated and do not have the skill-sets that employers and the marketplace demand. Therefore, if entrepreneurs are encouraged and supported, like with the SMME Showcase opportunity, each tech start-up can then be positioned to become successful and resolve the joblessness problem for a number of young people,” mentioned Makhaye.

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