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
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
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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...
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...
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...
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: 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 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...
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...
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...
You've got the idea – we've got the knowhow. A call for awesome inventions – for all
The focus at Innovus has been, and always will be, on helping inventors and innovators to make the world a better place. Like Cargo Telematics, who are making our roads safer through accelerometer-based self-adjusting strap mount for trucks. Or SharkSafe, which is finding smarter ways to make our oceans safe – both from sharks and for sharks. Or, indeed, SNC Fibers, who developed an entirely new, and completely efficient way to electrospin nanofibres for biomedical use, making ideas like life-saving nanowire-array biosensors (another Innovus project) even more feasible and far...