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Botswana Innovation Hub Hosts Stakeholder Workshop
Botswana Innovation Hub Hosts Stakeholder Workshop
07 May 2019
SAIS 2 national Focal Point, Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) recently held a stakeholder workshop in partnership with the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, (NEPAD SANBio) in Gaborone.
Hyperlocal Soil Advisory Services Designed for the Zambian Farmer
Hyperlocal Soil Advisory Services Designed for the Zambian Farmer
26 Apr 2019
The ntaka Hyperlocal Soil Advisory Services Project aims to improve access to soils advisory services through the establishment of a hyperlocal (mobile) soil spectroscopy laboratory to provide soils advisory services to over 10,500 farmers covering an area of 24,000 ha. The project is supported by the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund under the Window 3: Scaling Enterprises thematic area.
Connected Hubs Reloaded: 2019 and Beyond
Connected Hubs Reloaded: 2019 and Beyond
16 Apr 2019
The Innovation Hub in Pretoria was a hive of excitement as 18 participants representing 16 of the 19 member organisations from 6 countries of the Connected Hubs met to take part in the much anticipated Peer-Learning Session.
Southern Africa Startup Awards Launches 2019 Series
Southern Africa Startup Awards Launches 2019 Series
12 Apr 2019
Setup A Startup, the new parent organization of Southern Africa Startup Awards recently hosted a media launch for the 2nd edition of Southern Africa Startup Awards (SASA) at the Impact Hub Johannesburg on 10 April 2019. The organisation is the project coordinator of the Startup Regional Connectivity and Global Visibility project which is being supported through the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund.
Stimulating Youth Entrepreneurship Through Inclusion
Stimulating Youth Entrepreneurship Through Inclusion
26 Mar 2019
One of the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund projects under thematic Window 3: Inclusive Innovations, recently marked the kickoff of the project with an official launch at Westbury Youth Center in Johannesburg. looking at implementing activities which stimulate economic participation among inner city youth, the project aims to strengthen youth entrepreneurship.
Guide to Successful Event Production for Innovation Actors
Guide to Successful Event Production for Innovation Actors
19 Mar 2019
Events are viewed as important platforms to engage, network and grow innovation actors footprints across entrepreneurship ecosystems. High-quality events not only generate awareness of opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators but act as a much-needed catalyst for partnerships and potential investors. SAIS Connected Hubs has developed a resource for addressing the skills gap in event planning for innovation actors and entrepreneurship supporters.
Capacity Building for Innovation Fund Projects
Capacity Building for Innovation Fund Projects
12 Mar 2019
The grantees of the 1st Call for Proposals of the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund are scheduled to receive capacity building across all 3 funding windows, with the training courses aimed at ensuring the successful implementation of the SAIS 2 funded projects.
Connected Hubs Geared for Growth in 2019
Connected Hubs Geared for Growth in 2019
08 Mar 2019
SAIS Connected Hubs grows when new members join the Network of Doers, bringing the total to 19 member organisations. The SAIS 2 Innovation Fund grantees who support startups have joined the network, which aims to provide a sustainable way for the top innovation actors in Southern Africa to connect, collaborate and create stronger linkages between innovation ecosystems.
NCRST Officiates First Namibian SAIS 2 Innovation Fund Grantee
NCRST Officiates First Namibian SAIS 2 Innovation Fund Grantee
04 Feb 2019
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently handed over the official grant agreement to the first Namibian grant recipient of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Program (SAIS 2) Innovation Fund at a signing ceremony held in Windhoek.
2nd Call for Proposals Closes Concept Note Stage
2nd Call for Proposals Closes Concept Note Stage
31 Jan 2019
SAIS 2 recently closed the 2nd Call for Proposals (2018/2) for the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund on 31 January 2019.
Key Components of Innovation Financing
Key Components of Innovation Financing
12 Dec 2018
Ilari Lindy, SAIS 2 Lead Expert, offers key points on the role of innovation financing within SADC.
NCRST and SAIS 2 Partnership in Innovation Fund Management
NCRST and SAIS 2 Partnership in Innovation Fund Management
12 Dec 2018
The National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) of Namibia is both a Focal Point for Namibia as well as the host of Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) as per the intergovernmental agreement signed between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Technology and Innovation of Namibia (MHETI).