Ellen is a sought-after partner in designing tech-related events and programs due to her inclusive and innovative approach to projects.

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The work we do


Enterprise & Supplier Development
Mentorship & Coaching
Training & Development
Strategic Innovation Management
Incubation & Accelerator Programme Design
Monitoring & Evaluation

We are honoured to have worked alongside partners who understand our philosophy of technological innovation with humanism at its core and encourage us to integrate our ethos into their base of operations.

Every effort to diversify South African models of business is a collaborative one, one that requires trust in the people as well as the process.

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Viva Technology, or VivaTech, is an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, held in Paris, France.

VivaTech celebrates today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.

During May 25 2018, Ellen Fischat took to the VivaTach stage key note speaker to present Airbus Bizlab’s Nurturing the Spirit of African Innovation.

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Future Females

Future Females aim to increase the number of and success of female entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs, by breaking down the barriers to access the resources they need to be successful.

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AfricaTech is interested in conveying the importance of disruptive new technologies such as Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. In a manner that helps their audience successfully navigate digital transformation.

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SA Innovation Summit

As an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, the SA Innovation Summit is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation.

Business Incubator


Propella is one of the first business hubs in South Africa to be fully geared for Business 4.0.

Propella Business Incubator provides enterprise development support to innovators with disruptive technologies that results in increasing global competitiveness for manufacturers located in the Eastern Cape. Propella Business Incubator seeks to grow the critical mass of innovators in the region, and therefore encourages entrepreneurs to remain in the region and contribute to the regional economy.

Propella Business Incubator is a partnership between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Engeli Enterprise Development and other private sector partners, e.g. Telkom. The incubator and accelerator commenced operations in November 2015.


Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM launched as 1year STEM programme funded by the US Consulate for Grade 9 girls in Port Elizabeth.



Africa4Future is a joint business accelerator of Airbus and GIZ’s Make-IT in Africa initiative, together with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Africa, an entrepreneurial training programme, seed fund and Pan-African incubator and Innocircle, the South Africa-based innovation consultancy. It is dedicated to African tech startups that are actively working on aerospace-based solutions to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges.



A network across Africa.

We have also designed the South African Accelerator Program on behalf of the GIZ and the Merck Accelerator focusing on E-health solutions for African start-ups.

Which supports startups with the final objective of partnering up with them. Merck is looking for real partners in order to work together in shaping the future. 


Telkom FutureMakers

FutureMakers is Telkom’s enterprise and supplier development programme.

Launched in May 2015, it has made significant progress in supporting strategic start-ups and existing small businesses as well as other entrepreneurial ventures aligned to the technology sector and the Telkom value chain.

Our team launched and headed up Telkom’s Futuremakers Hub in Nelson Mandela Bay.


Inspiring Fifty

Inspiring Fifty is an initiative that benchmarks and awards the 50 most inspiring women in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). These trailblazers, innovators and boss women play a major role in challenging the industry’s norms of what makes a leader. The Inspiring Fifty are important role models for encouraging more girls and women in technology, as well as inspiring future leaders and entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps.

Inspiring Fifty identifies, encourages, develops, and showcases women in leadership positions within the technology sector.

Managing Director

Silicon Cape

The Initiative is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation bringing together tech entrepreneurs, developers, investors and other stakeholders,which aims at assisting people with ICT ideas and entrepreneurs to avoid the many pitfalls associated with ICT start-ups in South Africa.

Silicon Cape is an NPO and an ecosystem enabler for tech-enabled startups in the boarder Cape Region of South Africa.

Entrepreneurs in South Africa face many obstacles including access to finance, punishment for previous failure, lack of global experience, no liquidity events and others.

Silicon Cape aims at assisting people with ICT ideas and entrepreneurs to avoid the many pitfalls associated with ICT start-ups in South Africa.