AIT-SASBI

Academy-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program

In the framework of this program the cooperation between Switzerland and Africa continues into 2021 – 24.

On 30th of June, the Directors’ Roundtable on Innovation kick-started this new phase by bringing together stakeholders from Tech Transfer and Innovation Offices. Under the name of AIT-SASBI, the Academia-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program, joint activities are launched and a greater understanding is targeted of each other’s know-how transfer ecosystem. This program is part of the Swiss-African Academia – Industry Training (Sensitization Phase) financed by the Swiss Ministry for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

The SASBI LinkedIn Account https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8731966/ offers the platform to connect to likeminded people.

This page serves as an excecutive summary of activities. Details are linked.


Upcoming Conference: Social and Tech driven Innovation for Impact

AIT-SASBI Annual Spring Conference

Date: 2023, February, 22nd – 23rd
Host: EDHE – Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Edwin Constable

Link: Details


Event: Kigali Conference 2022

Date: 2022, March 22nd-25th
Host: University of Rwanda

The SASBI Knowledge group will meet in Kigali to discuss mechanisms of entrepreneurship building and promotion of science-based start up activities. Directors and managers of entrepreneurship and innovation centers at universities of the SASBI program countries (South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Switzerland) are invited to participate and contribute to this exchange of professionals.

Link: Details and Selected Startups


Call: AIT-SASBI Residency Program

Deadline: Nov 1st, 2021.

In cooperation with Innosuisse a maximum of 10 Switzerland based entrepreneurs with scientific linkages (sciencepreneurs) will be selected to take part in a 1 to 3 weeks residency program in the African Lioness States of Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa with the aim to get a better understanding of the African economic environment, to validate their business idea and investigate the potential success of products or services in the local market.

Link: Details


Knowledge Group Meeting #2

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

Dr. Theophile Niyonzima, from the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Rwanda (UR), introduced the Innovation sub-program of the UR – Sweden Program, talked 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. The meeting was moderated by Jordi Montserrat from Venturelab.

Link: Details


Knowledge Group Meeting #1

Wed 15th September 2021 / 13:00 – 14:00 CEST

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

Prof. Biba talked about projects in his fields of expertise with South Africa and share good practices.

Link: Details


Kick-Off Meeting

Wed 30th June 2021 / 11:00 – 15:00 CEST

On 30th of June, the Directors’ Roundtable on Innovation kick-started this new phase by bringing together stakeholders from Tech Transfer and Innovation Offices. Under the name of SASBI, the Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program, joint activities are launched and a greater understanding is targeted of each other’s know-how transfer ecosystem. This program is part of the Swiss-African Academia – Industry Training (Sensitization Phase) financed by the Swiss Ministry for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Link: Details