The Fourth Industrial Revolution Incubator with it’s International and South African Partners are looking for inventors and innovators who want to showcase their innovation. We are proud sponsors of the AI Expo and are looking to build bridges between industry, academia and start-ups. This year we are proudly working with the Embassy of France in SA on the “Innovation Wall”.


The Incubator stimulates innovation, and in turn employment, entrepreneurship opportunities, job growth and generally enhances skilled individuals entering the South African market place. Working with various SMME’s, we have been building capability and capacity of 4IRI industries. Using this capability, we can use successes to create a baseline for empowering further SMMEs, job creation and community advancement through skills development.

The capabilities we have are focused around innovative technologies that add value to enhancing the future of industries.

By aligning collaborative efforts to existing conversations such as the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have put a business case together to create a platform to allow coordinated collaboration to empower communities.

The statement of this challenge

The Covid 19 pandemic has amplified the economic imbalance in South Africa, a lack of basic necessities such as basic healthcare, food, water, energy and sanitization has subjected communities to poverty and left vulnerable.

We therefore challenge South African innovators to create solutions using artificial intelligence to establish a tool that can enable government to evaluate descriptive data that will assist them to reach impoverished areas and deliver services and basic necessities with speed.

The prize that will be proposed for the winner(s)

The winners will be afforded the opportunity to participate in our AI program, access resources that the incubator offers such as technical support, business development support and access to funding for their business venture.

Who can apply?

South African innovators with disruptive solutions to the problem statement, These individuals must have a strong business case that has been thoroughly researched. The solutions must be unique.

Preference will be given to those with ITC and analytics background. We are looking for smart African individuals living in Africa and that share our passion for oceans. It is important that candidates aspire to transform their proposed solution into a business should the opportunity be verified.

Submission Process:

1. Poster format is 1x Portrait format PDF no larger than 10 MB
2. All submissions are to be made via this link – 
3. Select the 4IRI – Challenge #2
4. ** Business must be a South African registered entity to qualify for full funding
5. Submissions close 21 August 2020
6. Winners Announced 4-5 September 2020 at the AI Expo Africa 2020.

We look forward to working with you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email