The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), formerly known as the Cape IT Initiative, was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1998 by a broad group of industry stakeholders and inspired citizens. Our vision is to develop Cape Town and the region as a global technology cluster and a vibrant hub for innovation that is a significant contributor to economic growth.
Almost 20 years later CiTi continues to aspire and work towards this vision, primarily by being the ‘oil’ that connects the many diverse and interested role players regionally and internationally, and the ‘engine’ that develops and implements innovative models to address key industry challenges and blockages.
We can proudly say that, since 1998:
- CiTi is the flagship organisation for the technology sector in the region and has become a blueprint for industry and public sector collaboration models for sector development.
- The Bandwidth Barn, a CiTi operated initiative, has been recognised as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator, incubating hundreds of start-ups generating thousands of new jobs. Numerous entrepreneurs and start-ups with their roots in Cape Town have become global success stories.
- CapaCiTi, CiTi’s skills initiative, has been recognised as a valuablecontributor to the development of necessary skills and professionals to the technology sector. CiTi’s established enterprise development programmes have attracted some of the sector’s leading blue-chips as partners.
We are only just beginning!