UNAM southern campus plans innovation hub
30 Oct 2017 18:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 30 OCT (NAMPA) The University of Namibia Southern Campus is in the process of establishing the //Kharas Innovation Hub (KIH) which aims to accelerate entrepreneurial start-ups and business growth in the southern region.
Through the hub, the campus plans to provide access to scientific services currently sourced from across the border, most notably South Africa.
The campus in recent weeks embarked on publicising and promoting the initiative and will continue to do so over the next few weeks before an official launch of the programme.
At the //Kharas Regional Strategic Plan Launch last week, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor of the campus, Erold Naomab said the hub will serve as a primary conduit and instrument for strengthening the regional innovation system.
This will be done through initiatives that will fast-track commercialisation, technology transfer and enterprise development, he said.
The three sub-programmes that will run under the KIH are the Geosciences Technology Transfer Lab, Start-up Entrepreneurship and the Value Chain Accelerator.
These programmes are positioned to stimulate and advance entrepreneurial culture in the //Kharas Region by providing an enabling environment through research and development driving innovation, he said.
The ultimate goals of the hub are to promote sustainable growth, aid in poverty reduction and support the southern regions in the development of a knowledge society.
The initiative will be launched in November during the //Kharas Region International Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to be hosted jointly by the UNAM Southern Campus and the //Kharas Regional Council.