Stockholm – the birthplace of fast-growing tech companies like Skype, Spotify, Mojang (the makers of Minecraft), and King (creators of Candy Crush)[i] – is joining forces with Cape Town, Africa’s Tech Capital, to launch Cape Town / Stockholm Connect (CSC). This is a platform that will bring together companies, developers, customers, investors, entrepreneurs, and institutions from across South Africa and Sweden via a series of activities. It will also serve as a meeting point and provide participants with well-organised matchmaking opportunities and company visits while also supporting individual requests.
“It’s time to accelerate and intensify business exchange between Stockholm and Cape Town. Geographical boundaries don’t exist in the digital world, but we have identified gaps when it comes to knowledge and understanding about the respective markets. By connecting these two nodes of digital excellence, we want to close those gaps and create new business opportunities.” – Håkan Juholt, the Swedish Ambassador to South Africa.
“Connecting Cape Town’s startup businesses with other markets across the globe is an important aspect of growing our local economy and creating opportunities for growth and job creation. I welcome this opportunity to join in this virtual launch. Cape Town is one of the fastest growing startup centres on the continent and we have so much to offer. Sharing the knowledge and opportunities in our city with other startup centres can only lead to more benefits for our startup ecosystem.” – City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member, Alderman James Vos.