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Innovus Newsletter 43rd Edition

Anita Leading the INNOVUS/SUNCOM Team Universities of the future will be entrepreneurial Universities that are not embracing innovation and entrepreneurship are being left behind. It is the belief of Anita Nel, Chief Director of Innovus, Stellenbosch University's platform for the fifth income stream generated through the commercialisation of the institution's assets. Read More. Innovus Annual Entrepreneurship BOOTCAMP Entrepreneurship Bootcamp gives students kickstart to creating online gift shop Innovus annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp has given two students the energy they needed to kickstart their own business: an online gift shop for students with a unique personal touch. Maambela Khosa, a Bsc Geoinformatics graduate and current postgraduate in marketing, and Vutomi...

Innovus Newsletter 42nd Edition

Stellenbosch Network Innovus drives innovation through the Stellenbosch Network With Stellenbosch University (SU) being integral to the development of the local knowledge region economy, the Stellenbosch Network is a new initiative introduced in 2019 by Innovus. The network will serve the Stellenbosch region as a cross-sector and interdisciplinary membership organisation to support the local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Read More TIA Funding Four SU innovation projects secure funding from TIA   The commercialisation journey of four research projects at Stellenbosch University (SU) has been boosted with seed funding secured from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology. Read More Copyright & Moral Rights Unwrapping...

Innovus Newsletter 41st Edition

Making SU Innovation Matter in 2018 What we do at Innovus is not a job - it is a privilege - and 2018 has been a rewarding year for all of us. We have watched some great companies grow, while others have spun-out successfully. We have seen massive amounts of disclosures, some amazing innovations that are set to shake the foundations of the world and met people that are even more remarkable in person than they are on LinkedIn. This is what we live for! And, so, this is a top-level review of our lives in 2018. Read More The LaunchLab: A Year...

Innovus E-News 40th Edition

Stellenbosch University and LaunchLab start-up engagement When Stellenbosch University and Innovus founded the LaunchLab in 2013, the primary purpose was to incubate spin-out companies from the University. But, the impact of the LaunchLab has reached far beyond that initial vision. Only 15% of current LaunchLab companies are university spin-outs or managed by students, and all the rest are alumni or other entrepreneurs that have chosen to make the LaunchLab their start-up home. One really exciting prospect that we have seen develop in this budding knowledge region of Stellenbosch, is the extent to which our start-ups are using the university’s knowledge and research talent...

Innovus E-News 39th Edition

Welcome to the family – Noluthando, Joubert and Thandi We are lucky enough to welcome three remarkable individuals to the Innovus fold this month. They are all very different, very talented, and very happy to be here. Joubert de Wet - Technology Transfer Manager Joubert came to us in March 2018 from North-West University, where he was a commercialisation specialist in their Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office. He “loves working at the intersection of business and technology”, which is handy, considering he has spent much of his time working towards the commercialisation of the renewable energy portfolio we have access to, thanks to...

Innovus E-News 38th Edition

The Retirement of an Icon: Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen A scholar. A gentleman. A visionary. A stalwart of the technology transfer world, and an amazing friend. It’s sad to see you go, but what you leave in your wake will benefit generations of innovators in the years to come. Who is Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen? Let’s touch on just a little of the storied history of this great man. Prof Leopoldt’s roots are planted in the agricultural world, with his early years spent on an apple-producing farm in Joubertina. As he grew, he accumulated a BScAgric, HonsBScAgric (cum laude), MScAgric (cum laude) and...

Innovus E-News 37th Edition

Innovus: Breaking New Ground, Breaking the Rules and Breaking the Mould Every quarter, Innovus prepares a report for their stakeholders, letting them know exactly how capable the hands that run it are. This short piece will deliver some of the highlights of this year’s final report, and of 2017 to you, our reader. The meteoric rate of growth of our favourite Technology Transfer Office, Innovus has several important factors, the most important of which is the quality of faculty and students at the institution that Innovus represents. Quality people means better research; better research means a higher rate of disclosures; and the...

Innovus E-News 36th Edition

Innovus News: A New Alliance, and New Team Member and a New-Look Website It has been another big month here at Innovus, as you may be able to tell by the clever headline. We’ve welcomed a new team member to the family, overhauled our digital home and joined forces with Commercial Services (at long last) to strengthen our physical presence! We also have an update on everyone’s favourite healthy snack, S’Cool Beans! Welcome to the family: Liezel Britz The first thing we’d like to do is welcome Liezel Britz to Innovus. She has only been with us since May this year, but she’s already...

Innovus E-News 35th Edition

Innovation abounds at SU In 2013, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a division of the Department of Science and Technology, created the TIA Seed Fund to support the funding of innovation-oriented projects undertaken at higher education institutions and science councils, or to spin-out companies that are based on intellectual property emanating from these institutions. The TIA Seed Fund contributes up to R500 000 per project. "Stellenbosch University (SU) welcomes the establishment of the TIA Seed Fund and has delegated its management to Innovus, the technology transfer and innovation company of SU. Since the inception of the fund, Innovus has invited SU researchers to...

Innovus E-News 34th Edition

2016: more magic than a Michael Bay movie Globally, 2016 was a bit like a Michael Bay movie (without Megan Fox or lens flares): packed with far more action than we're used to - with #Fees, Trumps, Brexits, Olympics, Zika, hurricanes and earthquakes, new Potters, Tesla's Autopilot… It was no different here at Innovus – although our action has been far more positive! Here are just a few of the highlights of last year. First, some internal news: After months of meetings, reviews, panels, opinions and input, the Trademark Policy, which governs where and when Stellenbosch University's name and identity can be used, was...