In line with the company’s vision to provide access to and grow the Sigfox ecosystem in South Africa, SqwidNet launched its entrepreneurship programme in 2017. (IoT)E – IoT to the power of E – is aimed at empowering entrepreneurs who would like to develop their skills and knowledge to become established players in the IoT ecosystem nationally and internationally.
According to the Worldwide and Regional Internet of Things 2010-2014 Forecast by IDC, the IoT market opportunity for the Middle East and Africa region is poised to grow by 10% CAGR, from $85.1 billion in 2017 to $114.4 billion by 2020. These statistics highlight the massive untapped potential for IoT in the region, including Africa; and with the (IoT)E programme, SqwidNet will ensure the necessary skills and knowledge to operate in this industry are imparted to all who are interested.
The programme is designed to not only provide the necessary tools for entrepreneurs to bring their IoT innovations to life, but also to convert these ideas into viable businesses. It focuses on three key development areas:
Device Development – Participants are given development kits and taken through the process of building a device with sensors to solve real-world sensing and monitoring problems
Software and Analytics – Participants are introduced to IoT software platforms, giving them the opportunity to create basic dashboards to analyse the high-level data being collected in the device they developed
Business Skills – Participants are provided with a high level of business acumen skills