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South Africa Investment Forum SAIF 2030 JumpStarts eZ-Xpo Global Trade Ecosystem 19 June 2014


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South Africa Investment Forum SAIF 2030 JumpStarts eZ-Xpo Global Trade Ecosystem 19 June 2014

South Africa Investment Forum Vision 2030 Programme 19 June 2014 Indaba Hotel Fourways, Johannesburg



Virtual Forum:
Andrew Williams Jr
Skype: andrew.williams.jr
Mobile: +1-424-222-1997
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  • 1. Andrew Williams Jr. * Skype: andrew.williams.jr * Mobile: +1-424-222-1997 JumpStart Global Trade, Education, and Jobs with a New Collaborative Game Changer By Matt Fok, Founder & CEO of eZ-XPO & eLearningZoom Global unemployment continues to pose a major threat to social stability around the world. According to the World Economic Forum, South Africa has the third highest unemployment rate in the world for people between the ages of 15 to 24. Stagnant employment growth, especially for young people, has exacerbated social conflicts around the world. Tackling these challenges require a new thinking and practical, systematic approach with a proven business model and scalable cloud computing solution, eZ-XPO – Regional Innovation Cluster Network Ecosystem sets out to provide a fresh perspective to tackle this global challenge:
  • 2. Andrew Williams Jr. * Skype: andrew.williams.jr * Mobile: +1-424-222-1997 1. The Theory Behind Regional Innovation Cluster Network The Regional Innovation Cluster framework model was introduced by Professor Michael Porter from the Harvard Business School over twenty years ago. The Innovation Cluster framework primarily focuses on the critical success factors and complementary synergistic business services for any specific vertical industry. In general, in order to have a successful Innovation Cluster network, three key components are needed: (1) Innovation Incubators; (2) Capital Financing Funding; and (3) an Education and Talent Pool. Silicon Valley in the Bay Area is a good example of a successful innovation cluster for the high technology industry because of its well-established innovation ecosystems with extensive venture capital, a deep well- educated talent pool, and dynamic innovation incubators. 2. Key Challenges in Deploying Regional Innovation Cluster Network The key challenges in deploying a regional innovation cluster program are that most industries and organization are disconnected and not fully integrated in terms of sharing information and engaging between organizations on a daily collaborative basis. eZ-Xpo’s Regional Innovation Cluster Network is designed to bridge the gap between industries and organizations for sustainable long-term collaboration and competitive advantage. In the past twenty years, many institutions have failed to acquire these three components because of shortcomings in their local regional infrastructures and resources. The importance of collaborating with the right strategic partners in fulfilling the missing links is the key to future success for every innovation cluster locally, regionally, and globally. With eZ-Xpo’s Regional Innovation Cluster Network, organizations in any industry worldwide can collaborate between other organizations in any industry. It is like breaking down all the barriers for success. For instance, if you are a local business or start-up in South Africa, you can promote your products and services in health care or financial industry with a virtual booth in a Virtual Business Expo by country, states, and cities. With this connected, collaborative environment, every stakeholder can collaborate to help accelerate innovation from cool ideas to commercial stage with joint collaboration with every stakeholder from industry leaders, mentors, and academia across all industries.
  • 3. Andrew Williams Jr. * Skype: andrew.williams.jr * Mobile: +1-424-222-1997 Every Regional Innovation Cluster Network can jumpstart every industry with innovation and job creation with virtual business expo, virtual social learning, and virtual job fair. 3. Goals & Objectives The goals of Virtual Regional Innovation Cluster Marketplace are to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and to speed up the overall business process from funding to commercialization through global partnership with a network of innovation clusters, academia, and R&D centers for long-term strategic partnership, knowledge exchange, and job creation across multiple stakeholders and multiple cities, and states. The Virtual Innovation Cluster Marketplace also focuses on accelerating fruitful business relationships between local and American companies and affiliated strategic partners for potential collaboration and long-term sustainable business relationships. The traditional business cycle may take months and years from trade mission to actual deal-closing. With today’s cloud computing and virtual collaboration technologies, we can help streamline and shorten the overall trade mission cycle to months or weeks through virtual collaboration anytime, anywhere. 4. From Concept to Execution – Virtual Regional Innovation Cluster Marketplace (RICM) The key objective of the Virtual Regional Innovation Cluster Marketplace is to help bring every potential strategic partner and stakeholder for collaboration virtually anytime, anywhere. The core foundation of the Virtual Regional Innovation Cluster Marketplace consists of the following key components: 1. Startup Ecosystem - Instead of looking for a regular job, job-seekers can venture out and create their own jobs. and become an entrepreneur to create their own jobs and start their own business so that they can hire more veterans themselves. The Virtual Trade Show marketplace empowers entrepreneur to showcase their products/services as well as business plan 24/7. Investors and prospects can chat with the exhibitor live and on-demand via chat or video conferencing. 2. Global Trade Ecosystem – Every virtual expo marketplace can be used to host a virtual trade mission to connect and collaborate with any organizations and companies in the world for global trade.
  • 4. Andrew Williams Jr. * Skype: andrew.williams.jr * Mobile: +1-424-222-1997 3. Local Business Ecosystem – With direct connection to the global trade and startup ecosystem, every local business can export their products/services to overseas through the network. The current Regional Innovation Cluster Network covers health care, startup, local business, entertainment/talent show, financial, and clean tech industry by city, states, and country. The basic JumpStart DNA features of each Regional Innovation Cluster Network consist of three key pillars:  Virtual Business Expo – The SAIF 2030 Forum is a great stepping stone of building out a Regional Innovation Cluster Network for South Africa region. The Virtual Forum empowers both exhibitors/sponsors and attendees to engage before, during, and after the physical event. Organizers can host different topics/agenda on a monthly basis with a specific targeted niche industry (i.e., banking, real estate, insurance, health care etc.). Attendees can engage with each exhibitor both on-demand or live via chat, Google Hangout, Skype, or web conferencing.  Virtual Job Expo – Job-seekers will be able to showcase their latest and greatest accomplishments in an easy to use virtual resume booth. This will also enable entrepreneurial employers to showcase exciting new job opportunities and provide a one-stop place for screening, interviewing, selection and on- boarding.  Virtual Learning Marketplace – everyone can easily learn new skills on- demand and live through video conferencing. The virtual learning component can help break down any barriers to accessing the right industry experts and gurus. Employers can offer on-board training/orientation and skills assessment courses for all potential job-seekers before every virtual job fair. With a single universal login, attendees can easily navigate from one marketplace (i.e., Virtual Local Business Expo, Virtual Job Fair, and Social Learning Marketplace) to other strategic partners’ marketplaces. If you would like to learn more about how to deploy a Regional Innovation Cluster Network Ecosystem, please contact Matt Fok at or go to to