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All posts tagged "the innovation hub"

  • ‘Shortage of township startups with innovative, unique ideas’

    Too many township startups are pursuing "me-too ideas" over innovative ideas, says Innovation Hub CEO McLean Sibanda. Speaking to Ventureburn, Sibanda says the organisation, which is funded by the Gauteng provincial government, battles to find innovative entrepreneurs to back in the townships. "Most young people in townships don't have a degree, but the entrepreneurial flare is there and that's why we've decided to invest there," he said. The Innovation Hub is currently assisting 150 township startups through seven centres in its eKasiLabs programme. These include among others a startup involved in manufacturing environmentally-friendly paint, another making audio equipment, a business offering household cleaning services and an...

  • SA space agency, Airbus launch challenge to find new uses for satellite data

    The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and Airbus Defence and Space has launched an open innovation challenge to entrepreneurs, universities and other interested parties seeking homegrown and novel uses for earth observation data obtained by satellites. In a press release to Ventureburn, The Innovation Hub -- which is running the challenge -- said shortlisted submissions will be able to access support from specialists at Airbus Defence and Space, and Sansa. Top submissions would also receive access to the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in order to identify future commercial opportunities. The offer will include a site visit to Airbus Defence and...

  • The Innovation Hub launches initiatives to ‘take innovation to the people’

    Recent claims about South Africa's poor global maths and science ranking have been been causing a stir. However you may cut it, the fact of the matter is that there is a massive shortage of resources in these two critical areas. In light of this, The Innovation Hub, which is a tech park in Gauteng, South Africa, has partnered with the City of Tshwane to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics closer to the youth, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. To boost the number of youngsters operating in the entrepreneurial space, the partnership will result in the important development...

  • SnappCab hailed winner of The Innovation Hub incubation programme

    As part of The Innovation Hub's Maxum Business Incubator, five entrepreneurs were chosen out of a total of 20 to pitch their innovative products to a group of venture capitalists, innovators, entrepreneurs and the public at the Absa Maxum annual showcase in Pretoria, South Africa yesterday. Johannesburg-based startup, SnappCab, was ultimately announced as the winner. Sponsored by Absa, the winning pitch was awarded to Anton van Metzinger from Snappcab with the prize valued at R50 000. SnappCab is a multi-platform hail-a-cab app to order, use and pay for metered cabs generally based on the user’s GPS location. The service is...