top of page

Call for Submissions

ISPIM Connects Cape Town, “Transforming Futures Through Innovation”, is a three-day conference that brings together over 200 innovation management professionals from over 30 countries.


​Cape Town is rapidly emerging as a vibrant hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. This dynamic city boasts a thriving tech ecosystem supported by incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces. These foster a collaborative environment where innovative ideas can flourish. Cape Town's strategic location and diverse, multicultural population enhance its appeal as a centre for cutting-edge development.


Notable advancements include sectors such as fintech, edtech, and healthtech, with numerous innovative companies developing solutions in these fields. Leading universities and research institutions drive research and development, contributing significantly to a culture of innovation.


Cape Town's commitment to sustainability is evident through initiatives and startups focused on green technology and renewable energy. The city's dedication to environmental stewardship aligns with its innovative spirit, promoting sustainable development.


Beyond innovation, Cape Town is a thriving tourist destination known for its breathtaking landscapes and attractions like Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the V&A Waterfront. The city offers a rich cultural experience with diverse cuisines, art galleries, and historical sites. Emphasising safety, particularly in tourist areas, further enhances its appeal.


ISPIM encourages examples and insights into successful innovation practice, challenges or research from all regions of the world. If you are in doubt, please discuss your idea with an email to


  • Edtech: Revolutionising Education Digitally

  • Fintech: Transforming Financial Services

  • Healthtech: Advancing Healthcare Technology

  • Renewable Energy: Sustainable Green Solutions

  • Smart Cities: Enhancing Urban Living

  • Social Innovation: Driving Positive Change (SIG)*

  • Technology and Disaster Management: Enhancing Resilience

You are invited to share insights on these focus themes or on other key societal challenges.


  • AI and Innovation (including Big Data)

  • Business Models

  • Circular Innovation (SIG)

  • Creativity in Innovation

  • Design and Design Thinking for Innovation

  • Digital Disruption & Transformation & Platforms (SIG)

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Start-Ups & SMEs

  • Futures & Foresight

  • Health, Healthcare & Innovation Management (SIG)

  • Innovation Leadership & Organisational Culture (SIG)

  • Innovation Management Systems, Standards & Certification (SIG)

  • Innovation Policies & Public Instruments

  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching (SIG)

  • Knowledge & Technology Transfer for Innovation

  • Living Labs (SIG)

  • Methods & Skills for Innovation Management Research

  • Open Innovation

  • Platforms, Ecosystems and Supply Chains

  • Responsible Innovation (SIG)

  • Values-based & Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Management (SIG)


SIG = ISPIM Special Interest Group


Submission Deadlines

  • 10 January 2025: Abstracts Only (All Submissions)* 

  • 24 January 2025: Acceptance Notification*

  • 7 February 2025: Final Submissions (including papers & photos) PLUS registration and receipt of payment

  • 1 March 2025: Presentation Slides


* Abstracts will be evaluated on a weekly rolling basis from 1 December 2024, with the final batch being evaluated per the above deadline. Early submission and acceptance notification is possible for all authors with external funding application deadlines. Contact


Accepted submissions will be scheduled for presentation in the conference programme in thematic sessions. Papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN and included online in EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Authors may withhold their papers from the proceedings on request.



The Dick Marsh Award

for the paper that best demonstrates innovation management impact

bottom of page