Focal Sectors

Botswana Innovation Hub Focal Sectors

FOCAL SECTORS

CleanTech

CleanTech

Activities related to Clean Technologies

Clean Energy Priorities:

CleanTech

This sector focuses mainly on catalyzing activities related to clean technologies, energy and environmental research and development and commercial activities within those areas. Its emphasis is on environmental protection in renewable energy, cleaner coal, water conservation and waste management.

Solar Energy

  • Technology Transfer
    • Identify and diffuse technologies into Botswana
    • Initiatives – Solar Testing and Demonstration Facility (Include key objectives)
    • Partnerships: Northwest University, BIUST, Sun Farming
  • Capacity Building
    • Promotion and Entrepreneurship
    • University Industry Partnerships – Water Symposium
    • Initiatives: Clean Energy for Sustainable Developing in Developing Countries in partnership with BIUST
    • Engage Solar Industry Association
    • Botswana Renewable Energy Strategy Committee
  • Commercialization
    • Piloting and Prototyping new technologies
    • Project development and implementation
    • Market Access
    • Initiatives: BFS for 20MW Solar facility, identify OEM – Original Equipment Manufactures

Water Technologies

  • Technology Transfer
    • Identify and diffuse technologies into Botswana
    • Initiatives: Water Recovery & Treatment: identify partners Water Utilities
    • Identify deep water aquifers
    • Deep Water Extraction 1.5KM
    • Standalone Portable Water Treatment
    • Leak detection on main pipelines
    • Rain Water harvesting
  • Capacity Building
    • Promotion and Awareness – Workshops Expert Presentations
    • Entrepreneurship – Competition Water | Skills transfer to the users
    • University Industry Partnerships- Engage other institutions in the projects
  • Commercialization
    • Piloting and Prototyping new technologies – Projects
    • Project development and implementation
    • Market Access
  • Technology Transfer
    • Identify and diffuse technologies into Botswana
    • Initiatives: Sustainable Housing
  • Capacity Building
    • Promotion and Awareness – Workshops Expert Presentations
    • Entrepreneurship –Biofuel
    • University Industry Partnerships- Engage other institutions in the projects
  • Commercialization
    • Piloting and Prototyping new technologies – Projects
    • Project development and implementation
    • Market Access
ICT and ICT Enabled Services

ICT and ICT Enabled Services

ICT growth through Research and Development

ICT Priorities

Information & Communications Technology and ICT Enabled Services

Botswana Innovation Hub is creating a unique platform that will enable ICT growth through research and development, ICT Skills development, and related commercial business activities. BIH is already catalyzing businesses activities and research activities in different areas of ICT like software development, voice and data networks, business process automation, hardware and peripherals and hi-tech computing.

Innovation

  • Capacity Building
    • Initiatives – MIC/Oracle/Open Data/Road Shows/Competitions/Employability Portal
    • Inclusivity – Girls, Elderly, PWD, JAB
  • IP support/Tech Transfer through TTO
    • IP Advisory services
  • Access Early stage and seed funding
    • Funding frameworks (Donors, Angle investors, VC’s)
    • Innovation Fund implementation
  • Academia and Industry linkages
    • TVWS (UPENN, BITRI)

Application and Services

  • Open Data Portal
    • Project status
  • Forging International Technology Partnerships to support local ICT innovations
    • Partner projects (TVWS)
    • Partnerships (Oracle Competency Centre, MIC, CISCO)
  • Technology Entrepreneurship Support
    • Market access opportunities
    • Pre incubation

Infrastructure

  • BIH Icon Building to house leading local and international innovative companies
    • ICT Cluster space i.e. labs, competency centres
  • Provide remote connectivity through alternative technology (TVWS)***
    • Collaboration with local ISP’s
  • GIDC to support e-Gov strategy
    • Project status (focus required)
  • CNDC
    • Project status
    • SPV

ICT Policies

  • Open Data – eGov
  • TVWS – Dynamic Spectrum Allocation, BOCRA (Provide legal framework of regulation)
  • Procurement – Unsolicited Bidding and Innovation Procurement
    • Internal – EDD, Citizen Supplier Database
    • External – Innovation procurement
    • Partnerships with COBIT on areas of opportunity (i.e. Capacity), Innovation Company Directory,
    • Proof of concept/piloting framework with private sector
    • Innovation matchmaking i.e. vendor day
Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Research and Development Activities

Biotechnology

This sector is focused on catalyzing more research and development activities, and commercial business in the areas of, testing and manufacturing, with special emphasis on addressing cross cutting issues of food security, HIV Aids and exploitation of a wide range of indigenous natural products.

Mining Technologies

Mining Technologies

Research and Development

Mining Technologies

The mining technologies sector focuses on facilitating joint research and development in mining and related technologies focus on technology providers as well as business development in exploration, geology, mining, ore processing and mineral beneficiation technologies.

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

The indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) sector  focuses on local-level decision-making and cultural activities of rural communities. IKS has value not only for the culture in which it evolves, but also for scientists and planners striving to improve conditions in rural localities.

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