ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Johannesburg is part of the worldwide ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA NETWORK, Austria’s official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO). We offer worldwide support to all Austrian businesses that want to conduct business in South Africa. And we offer support to South African companies or other organisations wishing to obtain goods or services from Austria, to invest in Austria or establish other types of business relationship. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA should be their first port of call.
 SILICON CAPE is a non-profit company committed to building and catalysing the technology ecosystem in the Western Cape. Its primary focus is supporting the development of high growth, high tech businesses in the Western Cape to kick-start meaningful economic growth, build new industries and create jobs. It supports the growth of the ecosystem by attracting the right stakeholders to the ecosystem and by working with entrepreneurs, regulators, governments and corporate businesses to create an environment where startups can thrive.
 THE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY is a national public entity that serves as the key institutional intervention to bridge the innovation chasm between research and development from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities, and the private sector, and commercialisation. TIA’s objective is ultimately to support the State in stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.
 RIIS is a pioneering open innovation firm that established the first open innovation programmes together with TIA in 2009 and has subsequently established and run a variety of open innovation programmes. This includes the development of open innovation ecosystems for public and privates sector organisations, both within South Africa and across Southern Africa. It’s work cuts across industries, sectors, and levels of maturity, always striving to accelerate innovation through partnerships and collaboration.
The initial partners are therefore looking for solutions from the Austrian & South African innovation community, with a specific focus on solving agricultural water use challenges. Given the importance of agriculture to the Western Cape, and the reality that water will remain a critical issue into the future, building a community of innovators focused on agricultural water technologies could act as a major risk mitigator in the future.