Vuk Talks: The Importance of Intellectual Property Webinar - 27 August 2021


SAB Foundation Social Innovation - Reduction of Alcohol Misuse Award 2021 (RAM) - Applications closed 13 September 2021

The SAB Foundation has created an opportunity for entrepeneurs and innovators with solutions that address or prevent alcohol misuse. We are interested in out-of-the box thinking and strongly encourage entrepeneurs and innovators who are over the age of 18 with innovative solutions that address the following societal challenges to apply:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Underage drinking
  • Binge drinking
  • Alcohol syndrome
  • Resistance to behaviour change
  • The lack of available data on alochol abuse

Awards range from R 250,000.00 to R 500,000.00 along with business development support to assist with venture growth.

See brochure for more information.

Apply here.

Driving Force for Change II Youth Challenge: Submission deadline 15 September 2021

An opportunity for young entrepreneurs and green innovators to further develop their early-stage entrepreneurship skills and competencies so that South Africa can further develop its green economy and create decent jobs for youth.

Are you a young entrepreneur willing to develop South Africa’s green economy? Then the Driving Force for Change challenge 2021 is your chance to contribute to the change!  this is your chance to get access to high quality technical assistance and business management operations training! Apply to the Driving Force for Change challenge 2021 here:

GAP Innovation Competition: Closing date 15 September 2021

The Innovation Hub is launching a GAP (Gauteng Acceleration Programme) competition for researchers and entrepeneurs working with groundbreaking technologies.

Register for the Basics Business Workshop providing vital orientation for the GAP application.


NWU harnesses ozone technology as cost-effective Covid-19 combatant


The North-West University’s (NWU's) researchers and innovators are working towards solutions to effectively destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi, including the Coronavirus, on a large scale. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage, fast-working, low-cost disinfection solutions are essential in tackling the crisis. The NWU has taken up this challenge by revisiting a patent that was filed years ago for producing ozone.

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How to Make Money from Intellectual Property (IP) Webinar: 7 July 2021

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), European Patent Office (EPO), AfricaBio and Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) will be hosting a Webinar to showcase the harnessing of Intellectual Property (IP) for the benefit of SMMEs.

Date: 07 July 2021

Time: 10H00-13H00

Hosted by:  Ms Senisha Moonsamy (Head: Enterprise Development).

There will also be a TIA session, with TIA investees being led in dialogue by Ms Annalie Woest (Head: Legal Services).

The 'South African Journal of Botany' accepted a paper by KT Polori, a TTIS team member


Ketlareng Polori, a team member of the Technology Transfer & Innovation Support office, completed a paper titled: In vitro anti-diabetic effect and cytotoxicity of South African Ipomoea oblongata.  This paper has been accepted by the 'South African Journal of Botany' on the 13th of June 2021, and will soon be published.

Published version of the paper


IP and Idea Generation Webinar: 21 July 2021

FEM-In-Tech Acceleration program - Entries close: 18 July 2021

SA National Survey of IP and Technology Transfer At Publicly Funded Research Institutions (2014 to 2018)

Africa’s Innovation and Entrepeneurship Ecosystem – Dr. McLean Sibanda - 28 May 2021

The DVC: Research & Innovation cordially invites you to a Fireside chat themed: Africa's Innovation and Entrepeneurship Ecosystem.

Introduction to Oracle for Startups - 20 May 2021

World IP Day - 28 April 2021

Click on poster to register:

World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development: Reduced Inequalities video - Petro Erasmus

4 March is the second annual World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is publishing video's to highlight some of the many ways that engineering is building a more sustainable and inclusive world.

One of these video's is from Petro Erasmus from the NWU's Mafikeng campus.

For more information on the videos of sustainable development, refer to the Royal Academy of Engineering's SDG tool kit

CIPC - IP (Intellectual Property) Workshop for students - 3 March 2021



Introduction to ORACLE for startups - 18 Feb 2021

Join Elly Mathenge, a renowned business development leader for a one hour session on ORACLE for startups.

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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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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Listen to recordings of the webinar & IP workshop below:








View the Powerpoint Presentation here


NIPMO Newsletter

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 - FR Bezuidenhout, 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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