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Pitching sessions for project owners

by Tania Wannenburg
CapeTown Design Capital Jnl 2 14

Cape Town will be full of project owners pitching to potential funders, mentors and collaborators.

Cape Town Design NPC is the implementation company of WDC Cape Town 2014 appointed by the City of Cape Town. Cape Town was designated WDC 2014 at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in October 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. This prestigious designation is bestowed biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). The World Design Capitals programme recognises the value of design thinking, and is dedicated to using design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development.

Cape Town Design NPC, together with facilitator Charles Maisel, has arranged a series of pitching sessions for the recognised projects within the World Design Capital (WDC) Cape Town 2014 programme. The first session kicked off on 11 February with project owners pitching to an audience of potential funders, mentors and collaborators under the banner of “Live Design. Transform Life”.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, Cape Town Design NPC is responsible for ensuring the requirements of the WDC 2014 host city agreements are met, and that the programme delivery is aligned with the vision of bridging historical divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable, inclusive future through design.

The programme team at Cape Town Design NPC identified 14 projects to be part of the first pitching session held in February 2014. “These pitching sessions aim to showcase the projects and what they need in terms of funding, capacity and collaborations. The sessions will also expose the creators to potential backers and encourage the public and business community to identify projects that they would like to support through both large investments and crowdfunding,” explains Charles Maisel, the event facilitator.

Cape Town Design NPC has already allocated R 1-million for recognised projects and will award an additional R10 000 to the best project pitch at each session. Furthermore, the company has partnered with Thundafund to match the first R10 000 that WDC projects successfully raise through their Thundafund crowdfunding campaigns.

The pitching sessions will be running monthly at a cost of R50 per ticket. Members of the public, media, investors, philanthropists, government planners and business representatives are all invited to come meet the minds behind the dynamic projects.   The next pitching session will be held on 25 February. For more information about the venue and time, please visit: http://www.wdccapetown2014.com.

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