Top South African companies recognised for having an edge in innovation by Innocentrix, in collaboration with Milpark Business School

Date: 28 August 2020

Issued: Innocentrix – Henra Mayer

Contact: Henra Mayer – Innocentrix CEO at / 082 323 7447

A complex and disruptive business landscape in 2020 is demanding more than just resilience from businesses. A post COVID-19 world requires innovators that can take their organisations to the next level and focus on driving new value, consistently and repeatedly.

Now in its 6th year of existence, Innocentrix’s South African Innovation League recognises and rewards South Africa’s top innovation leaders. It exists to not only recognise top innovators, but also to impact growth and innovation capability building in Africa!

The Innovation League also provides local case studies, frameworks, information pieces, strategic approaches and relevant methodologies, together with deep insights on our local innovation context, in order to help facilitate better ROI for innovation in Africa.

The Innovation League report, unpacking the Innovation landscape and relevant insights in South Africa over the last 6 years, is available for free download from our website.

The SA Innovation League is an Innocentrix initiative, in collaboration with Milpark Business School and the Da Vinci Institute’s Technology Top 100 (tt100) Awards. The approach applies the internationally recognised Innovation Readiness Model (IRM) developed by French Business School INSEAD, in collaboration with UK based firm CGI. It provides an unique way of benchmarking an organisation’s ability to apply leading edge thinking to the topic of collaborative innovation. It considers four key areas: Leadership and ambition; Organisation and collaboration; People and culture and Implementation and measurement. The SA Innovation League provides valuable insights into the local innovation landscape, fostering learning and growth.

Milpark Business School plays a central role in the validation and application of the instrument, while keeping it relevant into the future.



The SA Innovation League Awards took place virtually on 27 August 2020 and winners were announced in the following four categories, namely Emerging Organisations, Small Organisations, Medium Organisations and Large Organisations. An overview of the Innovation landscape and results were presented by Henra Mayer, CEO Innocentrix, who says,

“It was great to have so many people attend the virtual Innovation League Awards. It was a very close contest to find the ultimate winners and at Innocentrix we are always inspired by the quality of the participants. The winners all demonstrated exceptional capability across all four pillars of the instrument, but were especially strong in the way they collaborated with external stakeholders and supported their people in making innovation happen internally”.


The Innovation League Winners per category were as follows:

Emerging Organisations category

Top Performers in the category were:

  • 2285 Media Entertainment
  • Independent ICT Consultants(Pty) Ltd

Small Organisation category

  • First Place: Niche Integrated Solutions
  • Second Place: Kirkonsult
  • Third Place: Mahikeng Innovation Hub

Medium Organisations category

  • First place: iPulse Systems
  • Second place: Metro Minds
  • Third place: Space Advisory Company

Large Organisations category

  • First place: Vodacom
  • Second place: Altron Karabina
  • Third place: Legal Aid South Africa


Innocentrix is a growth and innovation management company that helps their clients deliver the future. It serves South Africa’s leading companies and has a strong network of international partnerships.