NWU students shine bright in Leopars Lair business competition

Students from the North-West University (NWU) pulled out all the stops at the recent annual Leopards Lair business competition.

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INNOCIRCLE - Global Young Innovators Programme - 9 December 2020

The Global Young Innovators Programme brings 30 forward-thinking entrepreneurial minds from across the UK and South Africa together to ignite ideas and co-design solutions that can help solve challenges facing our global community. Innocircle is one of the South African implementation partners for this programme sponsored by UK Innovate. There are 15 seed funding grants (R200 000 each) available to the selected teams.

15 South African and 15 UK young residents will be chosen to participate in the programme.

This programme is designed by Ideas Means Business and Innovate UK to bring together young innovators from the UK and South Africa to generate innovative ideas.

Programme Launch Date: 9 December 2020

Registrations close: 8 January 2021.

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Hannes Malan receives DSI/SARIMA Professional Excellence Award for Innovation Management.



Hannes Malan, a senior commercialisation specialist at the NWU Technology Transfer and Innovation Support (TTIS) office, received this prestigious award during the virtual conference of the South African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) recently.

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View the Powerpoint Presentation here


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TIA visit - Discussing AI (Artificial Intelligence) - 20 Feb 2020

On 20 February 2020 the NWU were paid a visit by the Head of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) ICT unit, Mrs Rudzani Mulaudzi.  Several researchers  with research interests / projects in the field of the artificial intelligence (AI) across several faculties within the NWU joined the meeting. 

Each researcher had the opportunity to explain their AI projects to the TIA representatives to open the future possibilities for project funding from TIA.  Mr Rudzani Mulaudzi from TIA also provided context into the current process followed by TIA to engage with respective university stakeholders to craft an AI commercialisation programme.  The respective inputs from researchers during this meeting will guide TIA in setting up a strategy that works for AI.  At this stage the programme will get buy-in from existing AI industry players to collaborate with universities, and provide access to much needed infrastructure to embark on innovative AI projects.  TIA envisages to support such projects through providing funding.


Unlocking the Commercial Potential of Research - 19 Feb 2020, Erik van der Vyver

Erik van der Vyver, one of the founding partners at Von Seidels, a renowned Intellectual Property Law firm based in Cape Town, gave a very interesting talk on how to protect research outputs that can be successfully commercialised.  He also shared recent case studies relevant within the South African context, providing some very interesting statistics.  The talk was held at the Faculty of Engineering, organised by one of TTIS's Senior Commercialisation specialists, F.R. Bezuidenhout.




Innovation Bridge: 4 - 6 December, CSIR ICC



NWU Specialist received prestigious innovation management award



F.R. Bezuidenhout, a senior commercialisation specialist at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Technology Transfer and Innovation Support (TTIS) office, was recently awarded  

the Early Career Excellence in Innovation Management award by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management  Association (SARIMA).  He received this award during SARIMA’s annual conference in Cape Town.

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