Innovation – a buzz word that is used a lot in the modern day. But what does it actually mean?

I was fortunate enough to spend a day last week with some of SA’s top innovators at the Accenture Innovation Conference where I gained fantastic insights from internationally recognised innivators such as Salim Ismail, Canadian angel investor, speaker, advisor, entrepreneur and strategist; JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla Motors; William Mzimba, chief executive of Accenture SA; Siyabulela Xuza, aka the rocket scientist of Mtahta; and Valerie Fox, Canadian developer of entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators.

What an experience! A day of learning and huge motivation for me personally!

The conference coincided with the Accenture Innovation Index Top Achievers awards, and I am proud to say that Puple Group was once again awarded the prize for the top innovative concepts. This is the third time we have won this particular award.

Massive congratulations to all finalists who are contributing to and driving innovation in South Africa.

The official press release can be found here.

Salim Ismail joined the conversation via a web conference. Click here to see his presentation.

A couple of tweets from the day:

Some memorable take-outs:

William Mzimba believes that “successful ecosystem innovation will require concerted efforts among governments, start-ups and large enterprises, as well as “bridgemakers”: organistations like Accenture that help connect the dots between participants solutions and markets.

This quote from Siyabulela is a great way to sign off: “Innovation is not rocket science. It is driven by simplicity.”

If you are inspired by innovation, want to make a difference, and believe that you have what it takes to be a winner, register for the 2017 Accenture Innovation Index.

Joshua Nuttall is part of the the marketing team at CN&CO client Purple Group, which comprises EasyEquities, Emperor Asset Management, and GT Private Broking. Josh loves sharing his stories, and regularly contributes a column on this blog called IN THE SADDLE.