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Fourth Isle of Man Indaba to focus on internationalising tech and intellectual property

Updated: 6 days ago


Image: Roelf Odendaal, founder of the Isle of Man Indaba
Roelf Odendaal, founder of the Isle of Man Indaba

The Isle of Man Indaba is proud to announce its fourth bi-annual roadshow, set to take place from 31 October to 8 November 2023, in South Africa. Organised by a collective of Isle of Man companies with an interest in fostering synergies and bolstering ties between South Africa and the Isle of Man, this edition of the roadshow will focus on "Growing tech and intellectual property companies in order to accumulate wealth in the Isle of Man".


Building on the success of previous roadshows, which primarily focused on finance and investment, the upcoming conferences and workshops in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, and George will delve into critical topics, including economic substance, funding South African tech companies, the advantages of choosing the Isle of Man for your tech company, IP management (brands, trademarks) from the Isle of Man, general wealth management, types of corporate vehicles, family governance, succession planning, available advisors, and employment issues.


Distinguished authorities on intellectual property will join the delegation of Isle of Man companies at the roadshow. The keynote speakers include Sara-Jane Pluke of Eversheds in Durban, Stephan Spamer of CDH in Johannesburg, and André Maré of Von Seidels in Cape Town. Isle of Man companies participating in the panel will provide valuable insights into the investment market and recent developments in the country. The panel includes representatives from the Isle of Man government through its agency, Finance Isle of Man; Antony Kelsey from Capital International Group; Alex Toohey from Canaccord Genuity; Basil Bielich and Lyle Krause from Atla Group; Simon Fearnhead from Stonewell; Christopher Kinley from Kinley Legal; Stephen Wilson from Boston Multi Family Office; and Roelf Odendaal.


Image: Niarbyl on the Isle of Man. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.
Niarbyl on the Isle of Man. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.

The events will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • 31 October: Mount Edgecombe Country Club, Umhlanga

  • 2 November: Seven Villa Hotel & Spa, Sandton

  • 6 November: Fancourt, George

  • 8 November: The Forum Embassy Hill, Cape Town

Recent media reports by Bloomberg and the BBC highlight a growing interest in the Isle of Man as an ambitious and vibrant economy with a goal of doubling its economy to £10 billion by 2032. The Isle of Man has set its sights on increasing its population to 100,000 by 2027 while creating 5,000 jobs in the process. Addressing the theme of tech and intellectual property, Digital Isle of Man, the government's executive agency, reports that the digital industry has witnessed substantial growth on the Isle of Man, now contributing to 30% of the Island's economy. This sector spans various domains, including eGaming, esports, Fintech, blockchain, IoT, technology, payments, media, and film.


The Isle of Man is recognised as a leading international business centre, celebrated for its innovation, professionalism, and commitment to international initiatives and standards. It is a self-governing crown dependency with its own parliament, laws, and economy, independent of the UK or EU. The country’s economy is growing and has a Moody’s government rating of Aa3. This rating indicates the Island’s high level of wealth and economic resilience. Moody’s comment: “The IoM’s economy is more diversified than are most entities of its size, having moved away from a reliance on offshore banking towards information and communication technology (ICT), insurance and e-gaming.”


Image: The city of Douglas by night. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.
The city of Douglas by night. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.

Roelf Odendaal, representing one of the participating Isle of Man companies, expressed excitement about the upcoming roadshow and the success of past Indabas. He highlighted the expansion of the event to include the Eastern Cape with a stop in George, inviting interested parties across the Garden Route and surrounding regions to attend. This marks the second roadshow in 2023, showcasing the commitment of both South African and Isle of Man companies to fostering fruitful collaborations. “This Indaba will be of particular interest to tech companies wishing to take their products international, tech entrepreneurs wishing to understand how to establish a tech company globally, individuals and companies who wish to register trademarks and intellectual property internationally, and individuals who want to secure their wealth outside of South Africa.”


The Isle of Man Indaba is a testament to the commitment of Isle of Man companies to promoting economic growth, collaboration, and investment opportunities between South Africa and the Isle of Man. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into tech, intellectual property, and wealth creation. Register now to secure your place at this prestigious event.


Image: Tranquil landscapes on the Isle of Man. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.
Tranquil landscapes on the Isle of Man. Photo credit Roelf Odendaal.

For more information, registration, and updates about the Isle of Man Indaba, please visit https://iom-za.org/.

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