About the festival

Hosted by the European Union, the African Union and the Republic of South Africa, the first ever AU-EU Innovation Festival will take place on 15 June 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa. This Festival will run as a large hybrid, whole-day event, which can be attended both in person- and online. The event will bring together innovators’ and entrepreneurs’ insights and perspectives on the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, and will feature pitching sessions and exhibitions of innovations from both Africa and Europe.

This Festival will occur in the backdrop of the process of adoption of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda and aims therefore to gather views and aspirations on the imminent implementation phase of this Agenda and of its short-term actions (foreseen to run within the first three years from the adoption, therefore from June 2023 till June 2026).

The AU-EU Innovation Agenda is a joint policy initiative that will govern the next decade of cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation between Africa and Europe, with the aim to foster the translation of Research and Innovation into tangible products, services, businesses and jobs. From the EU side, the AU-EU Innovation Agenda is a strategic partnership supported by the Global Gateway as well as Horizon Europe. This Agenda includes four objectives, articulated into short-, medium- and long-term actions, across the four priority areas of the AU-EU cooperation on Research and Innovation, namely Public Health, Green Transition, Innovation and Technology and Capacity for Science, and the additional area of Cross-cutting issues.