Cape Town is looking to add another string to its burgeoning business-friendly bow by positioning itself as a launch pad for technology companies expanding into Africa. The Mother City already attracts foreign filmmakers and business process outsourcing companies. But now it has its sights set on technology start-ups and venture capitalists. This week tech experts from the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative‚ Silicon Cape and Wesgro, the Western Cape’s investment and trade promotion agency, will travel to Singapore and Japan to sell the city as a technology hub. The trip comes ahead of the Geeks On A Plane Africa tour organised by venture fund and seed accelerator 500 Startups, which concludes in Cape Town at the end of March. "The Cape has become Africa’s largest start-up scene‚" said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris. "[The city] has a number of co-working spaces … such as the Bandwidth Barn‚ Spin Street House‚ Workshop 17‚ and a Wi-Fi lounge on top of Table Mountain where‚ on Table Top...

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