SASBI Knowledge Group Meeting #2

Looking Outside Academia – The challenge of convincing the market

This event is part of:
SASBI – Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program

The SASBI Regional Knowledge Group Meetings serve to intensify dialogue among stakeholders of the tech transfer and start-up promotion ecosystem. Every six weeks, one of the five countries present in this group (Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa) will present challenges and good practices and open up the discussion for joint reflection and comment.


Wednesday 27. October 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 CEST


Dr. Theophile Niyonzima
Dr. Theophile Niyonzima, from the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Rwanda (UR), will introduce the Innovation sub-program of the UR – Sweden Program, talk about its beginnings, achievements and challenges, the benefits today as students and staff experience it as well as about the impact on the overall start-up ecosystem.  
Jordi Montserrat Mr Jordi Montserrat
For the past 20 years, Jordi has been active in the vibrant Swiss high-tech scene, contributing to the development of innovative businesses and stimulating the Swiss start-up ecosystem. He currently heads Venturelab Ldt, a Company supporting world class entrepreneurs and startups on their path to build successful ventures and fund raising, and is co-managing director of Venture Kick – a financing initiative supported by private donors. He also acts as business angel and board member in start-ups.


Dr. Norah Clarke
Program Director of EDHE, the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education at Universities South Africa


15:00 Words of Welcome and Introduction (Erich Thaler)
15:02 Introducing topic and Speakers (Dr Norah Clarke)
15:10 Dr Theophile Nyonzima, the Swedish-Rwandese program
15:30 Mr Jordi Montserrat, the VentureKick Program
15:50 Learnings from the two programs presented (Dr Theophile Nyonzima, Mr Jordi Montserrat)
16:00 Discussion with the Plenary (Dr Norah Clarke)
16:10 Summary of discussion (Dr Norah Clarke)
16:15 Next steps for the SASBI program and Announcement of first on-site SASBI Knowledge Group Meeting (Erich Thaler)
16:30 Words of Good-bye, End of Webinar


Last modified: 4. October 2021