#VFS18 is made up of six zones designed to bring innovators, entrepreneurs and investors together. Zones include the collaboration zone, the innovation zone, Pitchfest, the knowledge zone, the young entrepreneurs village and the open mic arena. Scroll below to find out more.


Join the founding partners and host of other organisations from the south’s wider innovation community in the Collaboration Zone. This is the heart of #VFS19 and where the big conversations take place.

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The Innovation Zone is what it’s all about. The freshest and most exciting new innovations, startups disrupters and businesses which together signify the real power of the souths innovation economy. Talk to them all and explore their ideas, collide with opportunity, new ideas and potential investment opportunities. Leave no stone unturned!

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The BDO Knowledge Zone is the place to listen, learn, engage, share and access the latest innovative thoughts from leading innovators, investors and support organisations.

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The investment and pitchest zone will be changing things up this year with a unique take on helping innovators get ready for investment. We will also be searching for the most investable opportunity at the vent. Investors unite this is where you come in.

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Back and bigger than ever thanks to more partners coming on board this zone is where we focus on the emerging talent coming from the region’s universities. Check out the latest inspirational ideas from the South’s younger innovators in the Young Entrepreneurs Village.

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The Open Mic Arena invites big thinkers and early-stage innovators to pitch fresh new ideas to a panel of experts. It’s a great opportunity to get noticed and get valuable feedback. There are prizes to be won and bragging rights on offer to the best of the best.

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