Innovation Capacity Building

In order to foster technology entrepreneurship and move the innovation agenda forward it is critical to strengthen capacity for innovation. Botswana Innovation Hub through its in-house and partner programmes offers various training and networking events aimed at building capacity and creating an innovation ecosystem.

The company offers solutions suited to both established institutions and startups. The offering includes networking, research and technical collaboration opportunities locally and internationally, as well as access to a range of technology development, transfer and commercialisation services.

Business Support Services and Member Incentives

Botswana Innovation Hub offers business support services and incentives to improve the ease of doing business. Registered member companies and institutions are eligible to the following incentives;

  • 15% Tax concession
  • Labour dispensation
  • Soft landing for international businesses and institutions
  • Linkages to critical business stakeholders

Technology Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Commercialization

Botswana Innovation Hub has two technology entrepreneurship development centres, First Steps Venture Centre (FSVC) in Gaborone and Mining Tech Centre (MTech) in Selibe Phikwe. The two centres nurture viable technology oriented start-up businesses and offer onsite and virtual services that foster entrepreneurship and enhance innovation capacity.

The two centres offer services that include hot desking, business advisory, brand activation and publicity, fully furnished offices at affordable rate, technology entrepreneurs coaching and mentoring and match making which connects start-ups with the right business partners.

Technology Support and Prototyping Services

Through the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) together with Cyber City Kgotla initiatives, Botswana Innovation Hub offers a variety of technology support and prototyping services to drive innovation in the ICT sector and develop the local software economy.

The company supports and facilitates research and development, technology transfer and education and innovation activities in ICT. It also supports starup ventures and assists existing companies through innovation competitions that recruit innovative ideas, free physical co-working space and access to high speed internet as well as the latest technology platforms to develop better apps and share best practices.

Intellectual Property Advisory Services

Botswana Innovation Hub in partnership with University of Botswana set up a national technology transfer office, based at the First Steps Venture Centre (FSVC) at Riverwalk, in Gaborone. The establishment of the office is a mission critical value add that helps the company’s drive to build a vibrant national innovation ecosystem through private-public partnership initiatives.

The Botswana Innovation Hub intellectual property advisory offering facilitates Copyrights, Intellectual Property I.P Registration, Non-Disclosure agreements, and Commercialization Strategies. The office provides local entrepreneurs and innovators with the required tools to develop, protect, and monetize their innovations.

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