The programme offers non-financial technology-based service via the Technology Stations and Institutes for Advanced Tooling (i.e. transfer center’s hosted at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)) that support entrepreneurs, SMMEs including large corporates and relevant industrial sectors.
The objectives of the Technology Stations Programme are to contribute to universities being more responsive to the needs of industry and enabling industry, SMMEs, to benefit from the specialised knowledge and innovative technology of universities.
Testing and Analytical Services
Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
Consultation, Technology Audit and Feasibility Study
Process or Product Improvement
Applied Development, Engineering and Design
Research and Development
Technology Demonstration and Training
To develop knowledge products, decision support tools and policy briefs that promotes the mainstreaming science, technology and innovation for sector departments and service delivery challenges.
To establish community-based innovation centres that develop solutions through co-creation approaches, geared for local challenges.
To support grassroots innovators that have simple, social innovations (products and services) developed by people in rural and township communities that respond to the immediate local needs.
To support the innovation for local economic development strategies of districts and municipalities.
Technology development, IP support, business development support, market access opportunities for grassroots innovators.
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Fund development of innovative ideas to solve various social and technological problems
Create and enable access to infrastructure and services, mentoring and incubation, to support development and commercialisation of youth-led technology-enterprises
Accelerate the commercialisation and uptake of youth-led technology-enterprises
Infrastructure Support: funding will be allocated through a voucher mechanism to higher education institutions, science councils and other service providers. Support is also provided for prototype development and advancement of technologies from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3-7.
Business Support and Advisory: regular structured one-on-one sessions or trainings aimed to provide the recipient with necessary business knowledge, tools and competencies to develop sustainable techno-enterprises.
Skills Development: skills development is provided to recipients to effectively and efficiently participate in the funding process and innovation development.
Intellectual Property Management: executed through the voucher mechanism to conduct novelty search, file patents and other forms of IP.
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To promote clean technology innovations and entrepreneurship in SMEs and start-ups in the country
Increase number of SMMEs that pursue innovations in clean technologies;
Identify and nurture early stage and most promising innovative local clean technologies;
Facilitate the local and global linkage and networking of the most promising start-ups of South Africa with mentors and potential business partners
Training and Mentoring
Entrepreneurs engage subject matter experts in a 25-session series of Business Model Training Webinars and gain access to our Mentor Programme
Access to Capital
Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to be introduced to other TIA funding instruments as well as external stakeholder’s funding / support opportunities
Promising entrepreneurs have a chance of showcasing opportunities at the National Gala Event and might be selected for sponsored exhibition opportunities
Top performers will win prizes that are a combination of cash grant and/or in-kind services
National winner(s) can attend the International Global Forum
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The objective is to provide an enabling and innovation environment and training to build the critical thinking competencies through the following.
Future 500 capacity building skills training for the candidates covers critical multidisciplinary skills required for the future employee in various innovation driven businesses through the Learnerships and Internships Initiative.
CHUMA Internship Initiative: Commercialisation Practioner’s Initiative develops young innovation leaders with a different mindset and with capabilities in scarce and critical skills required to support technology start-up commercialisation strategies.
NexGen100 programme Innovation Based Competitions has, a direct objective, the development of scientists, engineers and innovators with appropriate entrepreneurial potential, through a series of workshops, together with mentoring support to the top candidates, tailored to accelerate their entrepreneurial venture commercialise innovation knowledge products
Systemic Level: Future Skills in the 4th Industrial Revolution soft and technical skills linked to automation, Food security: -Bio and Agriculture, E-Waste, Water and Energy and Bio Economy (Circular Economy).
Access to International Programmes (Soft Landing Programmes)
Business Creation & Growth Workshops/ Mentorship/ Commercialisation skills/ Funding
Swiss Venture Leader Programme
Global Cleantech Innovation Programme
Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme
Young Enterprise Initiative (YEI/ SA) – French Embassy
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