Explore Innovation in the Heart of Africa

Join us for the 5th Unique Summit in Cape Town

Visit Cape Town, Africa’s tech hub

Join us in Cape Town, Africa’s tech hub, for the 5th Unique Summit, a groundbreaking global meetup that celebrates African innovation and connects the global startup community. Experience the vibrancy of the African tech scene as we host the first Unique Summit on African soil.

A meet up of entrepreneurial minds, the Unique Summit is a Global StartupCities initiative.

Play Video

About The Summit

The Global StartupCities Initiative is a platform that connects and empowers the global startup ecosystem, fostering innovation and collaboration across continents.

The Unique Summit is the flagship activity of this global initiative, bringing together ecosystem builders, investors, startups, and policymakers to turn visions into reality.


UVU Africa and Cape Town

UVU Africa is an ecosystem orchestrator and convenor in the African tech and innovation ecosystem, driving change and empowering entrepreneurs through cluster specific interventions over the last 25 years.


Cape Town, known for its iconic landscapes and vibrant culture, provides the perfect backdrop for the Unique Summit. We are honoured to host the first global meetup on the African Continent.


"We build a strong network of non-capital cities with proven expertise in startup ecosystem development."

Explore our past summits and witness the growth of the Global StartupCities community.

Ostrava, Czech Republic 2023

In 2023, The Unique Summit set its stage in Ostrava, Czech Republic, a city pulsating with untapped potential, industrial charm and progressive spirit.

Explore Summit >

Braga, Portugal 2022

The Unique Summit 2022 was held in Braga, Portugal, convening startups, investors, and policy makers from Europe, Africa, America, and Asia.

Explore Summit >

Malaga, Spain 2021

The city of Malaga became the international epicenter of entrepreneurship in 2021 with the first face-to-face Unique Summit.

Explore Summit >


Experience the vibrant ecosystem of African innovation, where every session is designed to spark connections and inspire collaboration.

15th to 17th November:
Pre-Summit Programme of events.

Dive into exclusive activities including a meet & mingle breakfast on Table Mountain, a red bus tour of the City of Cape Town (with a twist), and a harvest table lunch at Groot Constantia, the oldest wine farm in South Africa. If you are interested in attending any of the Pre-Summit Programme Activities, register your interest here as space is limited.

18th to 19th November:
Main Programme:
“Transforming Investment”

Immerse yourself in groundbreaking discussions, innovation showcases, and networking opportunities. The programme will be divided into different streams focusing on specific aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship to provide a holistic experience for attendees.

The programme is curated to ensure that you have a unique experience, with optimum time and opportunity to network and connect with the right people.  Space is limited per activity, so please register your interest to ensure you book your seat.

Stream 1


Network and connect with a diverse range of global and African investors, explore co-investment opportunities, and gain insights into emerging markets and industries.

Stream 2

Public Authorities

Learn about innovative policies and strategies driving economic growth, connect with key stakeholders in the global startup ecosystem, and showcase your city’s potential as a startup hub.

Stream 3

Ecosystem Builders

Gain valuable knowledge from industry leaders, share best practices with peers, and collaborate on initiatives to support and grow your local startup ecosystem.

Stream 4


Pitch your ideas to potential investors, learn from successful entrepreneurs, and connect with mentors and peers to accelerate your growth and success.

20th November:
Retreat Day

All delegates will attend the charming Unique Summit Dinner, the evening of the 19th for entertaining as global family.

Partners & Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors who help make the Unique Summit possible. Explore our partners and sponsors here and learn how you can become a partner or sponsor.

Cape Town Travel Hub


We negotiated discounted rates with the following partners to ensure your stay in Cape Town during the summit is as affordable as possible. Use the code ?????????? to ensure they apply your discount.


We partnered with a local mobility entrepreneur, download the Loop App to book your daily transport, local style. You can also use Uber as a safe transport option.

Travel Concierge Services

Explore additional services to enhance your travel experience in Cape Town, such as tours, excursions, and local insights.

Have questions about the Unique Summit?

Check out our FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, feel free to contact us directly.

What is the Unique Summit?

Jumping every year to one continent, the Unique Summit is an annual global meetup hosted by the Global StartupCities Initiative, bringing together ecosystem builders, startups, investors, and policymakers to collaborate, innovate, and shape the future of global entrepreneurship as one uniqueness ecosystem.

Who should attend the Unique Summit?

The Unique Summit is ideal for startups looking to connect with investors and mentors, investors seeking new opportunities, government officials interested in fostering innovation, and ecosystem builders working to support and grow their local startup ecosystems.

What can I expect at the Unique Summit?

At the Unique Summit, you can expect deal flows, dynamic workshops and panels led by industry leaders, co-investment accelerations, soft landing options, networking sessions with a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators, and a showcase of cutting-edge technologies and startup pitches.

How can I register for the Unique Summit?

Registration for the Unique Summit is available online through our registration platform, Cvent. Early bird discounts are available, so be sure to register early to secure your spot, we have limited space available.

Is there accommodation available for summit attendees?

Yes, we have partnered with local hotels to offer special rates for summit attendees. You can find more information about accommodation options under the Travel Hub or contact us for assistance.

Contact Us

For any support or further information, contact the host of the 2024 Unique Summit, UVU Africa. ecosystem@uvuafrica.org

UVU Africa Innovation Hub,
Brickfield Canvas,
35 Brickfield Road,
Woodstock, Cape Town,
South Africa.