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Innovus E-News 21st Edition

Maties move towards entrepreneurial future Stellenbosch University (SU) is now the home of a brand-new business accelerator, known as LaunchLab, in the centre of its Stellenbosch campus. The LaunchLab, a proud initiative of Innovus, is the hub of all entrepreneurial activity on the SU campus. Besides being home to a number of SU spin-out companies, it also houses student start-up companies and external service provider companies, who will be on hand to provide mentoring and services to any tenants who require it. The aim of the LaunchLab is to boost entrepreneurship at the University by providing networking opportunities, mentoring and affordable rental...

Innovus E-News 20th Edition

SU Business Launchpad to boost entrepreneurship in South Africa Student entrepreneurs and aspiring business ventures will soon have a home in the heart in Stellenbosch. A whole floor of Stellenbosch University’s Admin Building, in the centre of the campus, is currently being fitted out to welcome a next generation of innovators, freethinkers and entrepreneurs. The Business Launchpad is an initiative of InnovUS, the University’s technology transfer company. The Business Launchpad, as it is currently known, offers tenants excellent infrastructure and network services, as well as guidance from academic staff and leaders in the business world to help them launch their business ideas. Aptly described...

Innovus E-News 19th Edition

Heliostat module grabs attention A triangular heliostat module designed by researchers of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at the Faculty of Engineering has grabbed the attention of some global players. Paul Gauché, senior researcher and director of STERG, explains what it is all about … What is a heliostat? A heliostat is a mirror that tracks the sun. The name is derived from the Greek words helios (sun) and stat (stationary) and refers to the fact that when we track the sun, we make an image of it that is stationary. This stationary point is called a receiver. Every heliostat in a...

Innovus E-News 18th Edition

The year that was As the technology transfer company of Stellenbosch University (SU), InnovUS is focused on contributing to the economy of South Africa through, among others, the commercialisation of researchers’ work. And in 2012 this focus led to the registration of 47 patents, the conclusion of eight licenses and other commercial agreements and the establishment of a spin-out company. But that is not where it ends. “InnovUS remains committed to follow up on our successes with new initiatives and investments to boost further economic opportunities. Some of these activities include our new licensing offer, our increased support for entrepreneurs and the broadening of our network globally,” says Anita...

Innovus E-News 17th Edition

InnovUS Instant Access™ licensing: Short cut to technology Forward with technology. Away with red tape. With this approach InnovUS will minimise the frustrations and obstacles which so often go hand in hand with the licensing of new but untested technologies to private organisations. InnovUS Instant Access™ licensing now provides easy access to certain leading technologies in its intellectual property portfolio. InnovUS, Stellenbosch University’s technology transfer company, supports the University’s researchers and students in the further development or commercialisation of their ideas and inventions through patenting, licensing and establishing spin-out companies. In the past the licensing of utilisation rights to organisations in the private sector has,...

Innovus E-News 16th Edition

From Maties to Mars InnovUS is proud to announce that an ex-Matie, Dr Japie van Zyl, a member of the team responsible for the successful landing of Curiosity on Mars, is coming to Stellenbosch!  Dr Van Zyl will also be the speaker at a special Mavericks event, hosted by InnovUS at Stellenbosch University. He will share his experience of the preparations involved in the Curiosity mission, as well as the subsequent successful landing of the nuclear-powered rover. The two-year Curiosity mission aims to look for environmental conditions that might have given rise to life on Mars. Dr Van Zyl is the associate director...

Innovus E-News 15th Edition

SU satellite components join the space race In a groundbreaking move for Stellenbosch University (SU), CubeSat satellite components manufactured by the University’s Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) will be sold to buyers around the world, for use in cutting edge space programmes. This marks the first time that the University is exporting goods for sale in foreign countries. The CubeSat satellite components concerned are an attitude sensor board called CubeSense, an onboard computer known as CubeComputer and Cubetorquer rods for attitude control. The products were developed at the ESL under the watchful eye of Professor Herman Steyn, satellite engineering specialist and head of the...

Innovus E-News 14th Edition

InnovUS's plans for 2012 The year 2012 holds many exciting challenges for InnovUS: from patenting new inventions and research to establishing a social entrepreneurship project space. "We are looking forward to exceed our achievements of 2011 - our most successful year ever. But we have started with a bang and have already received six disclosures by the end of February. Data from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) show that Stellenbosch University (SU) was the South African university who had published the most PCT patent applications in 2011, with another Western Cape-based university in the second place. This confirms yet again that the...

Innovus E-News 13th Edition

2011 - Our b​est year yet This year InnovUS has exceeded all targets set for disclosures and licence transactions. At the end of November 59 disclosures have been finalised, exceeding the target of 49. Nine licence agreements were concluded with one more being finalised - exceeding the target of 7 set for the year. InnovUS also became a shareholder in three companies and raised access to R35 million in funding for one of these companies. "We are very happy with what our team has achieved this year, but also excited by all the innovative ideas and research done by Stellenbosch University staff members....

Innovus E-News 12th Edition

InnovUS to launch incubator for dynamic start-up companies InnovUS is very excited about the anticipated future launch of a Maties Incubator, a launch pad for start-up companies situated on the Stellenbosch University campus. If everything goes according to plan, as of October 2012, spin-out companies from the Stellenbosch University (SU) as well as outside start-ups will benefit from a wide range of sophisticated facilities provided by the incubator. These benefits will include shared infrastructure and network services, affordable rental, an open air coffee bar for networking, academic guidance from university staff and mentoring from leading companies and individuals in the venture capital...
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