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11 November 2019


As an Agency established to drive innovation in Botswana, Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) is proud to continue to use its expertise in organising hackathons. BIH partnered with the Kalahari Conservation Society and the Embassy of the United States of America to deliver a ZooHackathon on the 8-9 November 2019.

Zoohackathon is a computer coding and technology intensive event that brings together a sizeable number of creative experts from the technology community to develop innovative solutions software applications, systems and other technology tools to help combat national and international poaching and wildlife trafficking.

BIH is instrumental in the Zoohackathon activity by providing technical expertise including setting up digital registration, developing terms of reference for the participants, mentorship of the teams during and after the event. As a centre for Innovation, BIH also played host to the Zoohackathon activity.  BIH regards hackathons as part of a comprehensive innovation process. At the end of the activity, participants would have built a platform for addressing the recurrent illegal wildlife trade issues. This is an apt way to harness the power of information communication technology to develop usable solutions to problems in relation to Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).

ICT is one of the BIH focus sectors underpinning its mandate as it is a key driver in the transformation of Botswana towards a digital economy and the creation of job opportunities.

“We are happy to offer our expertise because it is aligned to our purpose of driving the innovation agenda in Botswana through provision of technical guidance and provision of conducive environment for innovative initiatives such as hackathons. We are happy to continue to be a linkage between problem solvers “innovators” and the industry” said BIH CEO, Alan Boshwaen.

The winning pitch by team Hangers was awarded USD 3,500.00 prize money and stand in line to compete with other Zoohackathon solutions in Washington, D.C. The second prize of USD 1, 000.00 was scooped by team Strawberry and the third prize of USD 500 went to team Omniscient Eye. The prototype developed by team Hangers will further be developed and be adopted for use hence empowering our communities to combat wildlife trafficking.




17 October 2019: Gaborone

Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) Second Call for Proposals. BIF is a Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology initiative intended to promote innovation through provision of early stage funding to innovative projects.

 A total of 324 applications were recorded in the Second Call for Proposals. Following a vigorous adjudication process by a select group of business leaders who offer their time and expertise to score submissions, five projects were selected to receive funding. The projects recognised today at an award ceremony are;

ELGenuin Engineering Technology

The technology solution is a stability monitoring and alert initiative that uses advanced stability monitoring and alert technologies at a mining site. It will monitor the slightest seismic disturbance, ground motion and vibrations on areas developing instabilities. In addition, it will give on-site alerts and insight on critical stability and impending geohazards. The technology allows monitoring movement of miners and equipment on the mining site for aid with location.

Bayon Holdings

The Pollution Free Power Generator is a hybrid solution generating electricity for domestic consumption. It consists of different battery charging system not relying on combustion of fossil fuel. Therefore, it’s a Clean Technology Power Generator Solution.

Mmoloki Makoba from BIUST

The technology is a small-scale integrated gasification power plant using Botswana coal in a more economic and environmentally friendly manner. It is therefore a less harmful process than the conventional power generation process. The plant targets to produce electricity for homes and businesses in areas without access to the national grid.

Mmilili Mapolole from BITRI

The solution is an environmentally friendly “green” technology that extracts copper and nickel from tailings, concentrate and matte and turn them into higher value commercial products such as copper and nickel nanoparticles. It offers a robust and efficient hydrometallurgical method that uses a lixiviant to selectively and sequentially leach the nickel first and copper lastly. Therefore, the technology will resuscitate the copper and nickel mining in Botswana from operational mines, abandoned mines and mine reclamation projects since it has relatively low operational costs. In addition, this technology is applicable to the other metals such platinum group metals (PGMs).

Casper Nyamukondiwa from BIUST

The Client establishes a bug-bio-factory that produces locally reared parasitoid cocoons (‘biopesticide’) for biological control of agricultural pests. The aim is to provide a downloadable software application for the spatio-temporal forecasting of major insect pest outbreaks (BotsBug App). This will sustainably improve production efficiency, yields, household nutrition, reduce cost of production and improve food security.

In line with the BIH mandate, the Second Call for Proposals sought innovative solutions in the sectors of Mining technologies, Clean technologies, Biotechnology (Agriculture and Health Technologies), Information and Communications technologies, Knowledge intensive business services and Indigenous knowledge systems. The recipients are funded up to P2 million per project that is spent on eligible costs only. The funded projects are closely monitored, and grants are withdrawn on project milestone basis.

The Second Call for Proposals received applications from Research Institutes, Academic Organisations, Entrepreneurs, Applications Developers, Indigenous Knowledge Holders, Social Enterprises, Private Sector Companies and Non-governmental Organisations.

Commenting on the announcement, BIH CEO, Mr Alan Boshwaen said, “we took a deliberate decision to open the call to a broader pool of applicants including companies that are not registered with BIH. We are happy to have received an increase in the number of applications (324) indicating a significant level of interest and efforts to innovate by Batswana.  The funded projects are expected to scale up by accessing other funding instruments such as commercial banks and development funding institutions”.

The Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) is a Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology initiative, administered by the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH).



The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) in partnership with the National Strategy Office (NSO) will
host an Angel Investing Masterclass on the 7th August 2019 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm for potential
investors. The Masterclass will be facilitated by an investor expert Mr Harry Tomi Davies. Mr
Davies is a renowned international speaker, Angel Investor, Collaborator-in-Chief at
TechnoVision, co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network and President of the African Business Angel
Network (ABAN).

The Angel Investing Masterclass will run parallel to a series of activities within the 2019 Global
Expo Botswana Programme at Fairgrounds, Gaborone.

Angel investment plays a critical role in supporting startups and also provide an alternative
investment opportunity for high net-worth individuals. The Masterclass is intended to support
initiatives that promote entrepreneurship development as outlined in the National Roadmap
under the Finance and Knowledge Intensive Business Service Cluster. The objective is also to
cultivate a culture of early stage startup investing in Botswana.
Participants in the Masterclass will learn the critical steps and key concepts to succeed in early
stage startup investing.

“Through the Angel Investing Masterclass, we want to fulfil the desire for knowledge about
startup investing amongst our stakeholders. By imparting knowledge, we want to empower high
net worth individuals, who have an interest to support the next generation of Botswana startups,
to identify innovative projects and entrepreneurs to invest and seize opportunities of
business growth and wealth creation. We are grateful to Global Expo Botswana for an
opportunity to feature an Angel Investing Masterclass”, said Alan Boshwaen, BIH Chief Executive

In addition to the Masterclass, Mr Davies will conduct an Angel Investing general awareness
session on the 7th August 2019 from 11:25am – 12:05pm for different stakeholders. Start-ups
attending the awareness session will learn how to prepare and position their businesses for
investing readiness.


Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) partnered with one of its network members-Hydrocon Green, a local water and clean technologies company together with Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) to deliver a solar powered water treatment project in Sojwe Village. The project partners officially launched the plant to the community of Sojwe Village on the 3rd May 2019.

The objective of the water treatment plant is to create a sustainable clean and purified water supply that improves the quality of life our local communities. The solution lends itself to the problem of high nitrates and dissolved solids found in water in some parts of Botswana.

The Sojwe Water Treatment Plant follows a successful commissioning of the first water treatment plant in Zoroga village in July 2017. The partnership between WUC, Hydrocon & BIH will further the development of testing and implementing local water treatment solutions in rural areas. Hydrocon Green serves as the technical partner responsible for the design and fabrication of the water treatment unit.

“We want to continue to leverage on solar technology to develop solutions for safe and potable drinking water through renewable energy systems and to bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas” said Alan Boshwaen, BIH CEO.

At the same occasion, Botswana Innovation Hub staff members donated 100 chairs to Sojwe Village to be used at the kgotla. This gesture is a response to the plea from Kgosi for the need of chairs when conducting meetings and BIH found it fit to be a responsible company.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the leadership of Botswana Innovation Hub for their generosity in financing a water project that is expected to provide a great relief to Sojwe and Boatlaname villages water shortage, in view of the positive impact the project will have in the lives of the residents” said the Water Utilities Corporations Director of Sustainability and Water Resources Mr Gaselemogwe Senai.



Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) is delighted to announce that it has sponsored 2 students from Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST) to attend a 4-day Makeathon challenge in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain from the 20 to 23 February 2019.

Thabo Malete and Zimele Gwebeu, 5th Year Mechatronics Engineering students, will join more than 300 students from 63 universities of different countries to participate in the Makeathon challenge.

This opportunity for participation came about as a result of collaboration between BIH and Germany’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) to give local tertiary students studying hardware, electronics, mechanics, mechatronics and software engineering global exposure in a makeathon activity.

A makeathon concept has attracted considerable international interest in recent years. The basic idea is to mix passionate designers, creators and developers from different fields and provide an environment such as innovation labs where they can transform their ideas into functioning prototypes for the chance to bring the product to market.

The theme of the makeathon is focused around Smart Home, Smart Mobility, Green Energy, Autonomous driving, Connected Systems and Smart Farming. The vision is to explore ideas for Smart Green technologies that are setting new standards in time and cost efficiencies in international markets.

BIH CEO Alan Boshwaen said “We are glad to have partnered with VDMA who have vast experience in running makethon activities. We hope to learn and possibly adopt the makeathon concept to our environment as a catalyst for driving the culture of innovation. I challenge our students to explore, exchange skills and come back to further create and inspire change”.

BIH continuously explore university affiliations so that knowledge can be shared, innovation promoted, and research outcomes progressed to viable commercial products.

Late last year, BIH ran a competition inviting all potential tertiary students to apply for participation in the Makeathon. Students from BIUST, University of Botswana and New Era entered the competition.  Thabo and Zimele emerged winners based on their candidacy matching the makeathon criteria.

“The quality of the education BIUST students get is apparent in the success of Malete & Gwebeu on this highly rated international competition.  BIUST students have been very successful in various international venues and I have all the confidence and faith that they will continue to so to highlight the superior education they have been afforded with,” said Distinguished Professor Dennis Siginer, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs.

“I always liked the idea of smart machines that surpass human intelligence to be used as a tool for augmenting our capabilities and making life easier and more productive.” said Malete. Gwebu attributes his success to BIUST’s ability to equip its students with knowledge and skills to compete globally.


Press Conference – Innovation Botswana 2017

Botswana Innovation Hub invites the media to a Press Conference on Innovation Botswana 2017.

  • Date: Wednesday 4th October, 2017
  • Time: 10h30
  • Venue: Botswana Innovation Hub Boardroom

              Paledi House, Plot 50644, Fairgrounds

About Innovation Botswana 2017

Innovation Botswana 2017 is part of a series of annual events that celebrate innovation in Botswana. The occasion is a flagship event of Botswana Innovation Hub that showcases national innovations and presents a platform for dialogue on critical elements that need to be addressed to ensure progress in the agenda for innovators and technology entrepreneurs.

The day is a festival of inspiration, creativity and innovation that brings together more than 250 stakeholders from civil society, business, academia, public sector and industry to celebrate innovation through exhibitions, networking and capacity building workshops.

Innovation Botswana 2017 will take place on Thursday 26th October, 2017 at the Botswana Innovation Hub Science and Technology Park in Gaborone.


Media Invite

Botswana Innovation Hub – Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Pitch Session to Sect Local Participants at the SLUSH 2017 Start-Up and Technology Assembly in Helsinki, Finland 

Botswana Innovation Hub cordially invites you to:

  • Event: Pitch Session
  • Date: Wednesday 27th September, 2017
  • Time: 12:30
  • Venue: Woodlane Hotel, Riverwalk Mall, Gaborone
  • Contact: Boitumelo Rantswaneng (Tel: 3913328 or Email:

About the SLUSH 2017

Botswana Innovation Hub has partnered with the Southern African Innovation Support (SAiS) Programme to nurture the national innovation ecosystem through networking, capacity building and technology transfer among others. To this end, the Botswana Innovation Hub and SAiS partnership will host a Pitch Session to select the local start-up that will participate in the SLUSH 2017 Start-Up and Technology assembly which takes place from 30th November, 2017 to 01st December, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

SLUSH is a global, non-profit event that is organised annual by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and festival organisers to help identification of the next generation of great, world-conquering companies and help them move forward. The competition that seeks solutions to global challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) is open to youth under the age of 21 years.

Founded in 2008, SLUSH has grown from humble beginnings of a 300 person assembly to a world-renowned event with a global footprint. With a record attendance of 17,500 attendants, SLUSH is currently the biggest start-up event in Europe. The event brings together world-class speakers, global tech enthusiasts, leading start-ups and top investors to uncover the next generation of start-up success stories giving them the opportunity to take their businesses to the next level.


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Botswana Innovation Hub

Thursday 31st August, 2017

IBM BlueMix Workshop

Botswana Innovation Hub invites you to:

  • Event: IBM BlueMix Workshop
  • Date: Monday 04th September, 2017
  • Time: 08:30 – 14:00
  • Venue: Woodlane Hotel Gaborone (Riverwalk Mall)
  • Contact: Sikuku Matlhomola (Tel: 3996008 or Email: )

About the Workshop

The Botswana Innovation Hub ICT Cluster aims to increase the competitiveness of ICT industry by supporting of local ICT SME growth, promotion of technology transfer and Innovations and creation of new business opportunities through cross-border, cross-industry and cross-cluster collaboration using ICT as an enabler. The cluster offers an open community workspace where innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and investment exist to facilitate the development and growth of innovative technology ideas that will ultimately bear social and economic benefits to Botswana, regionally and internationally.

The BlueMix workshop is a product of the Botswana Innovation Hub and IBM collaboration. The workshop is coordinated by IBM BlueMix expert Mr. Pelani Malange and will focus on innovation and using BlueMix as a platform. The use of the platform will include integrated DevOps to build, run, deploy and manage applications on the cloud.

BlueMix cloud resources bring together multiple data sources, scale systems, and incorporate cognitive services to drive business value quickly and inexpensively. The IBM BlueMix platform integrates high-performance cloud infrastructure and cutting-edge services into the IT environment.

Media Invite        

Botswana Innovation Hub

Thursday 17th August, 2017

Botswana Innovation Hub and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology Joint Partnership

Botswana Innovation Hub invites you to the:

  • Event: Signing ceremony of the BIH and BIUST Memorandum of Understanding
  • Date: Friday 18th August, 2017
  • Time: 12:45
  • Venue: Botswana Innovation Hub Boardroom, Plot 50664 Paledi House, Fairgrounds
  • Contact: Tigele Mokobi (Tel: 3913328 or Email:

About the Memorandum of Understanding

The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) will on Friday 18th August 2017 sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). The MoU is a culmination of efforts between the two organisations to put emphasis on fulfilment of the Ministry of Tertiary Education Research Science and Technology’s mandate to collaborate in order to facilitate commercialisation of research outputs.

The MoU facilitates a partnership to jointly implement projects that have an overall positive impact on the lives of Batswana. With a primary focus to commercialise research outputs and innovations based on agreed terms that take into consideration Intellectual Property (IP) issues at institutional and personal level, the MoU’s special emphasis shall be on joint projects implementation in clean-tech, mining and ICT.

Through the MoU, research output and innovations from BIUST will feed into the Botswana Innovation Hub’s technology transfer and entrepreneurship development programmes. The partnership will also facilitate capacity building, business development modelling, technology transfer support and IP services as well as facilitate access to financing from funding bodies.

Both organisations shall in the short term identify and vet all relevant research and innovations at the University through a robust criteria that establishes which are best placed to be considered for commercialisation support through a wide range of interventions. The MoU is a practical approach to facilitating the further development of a functional national innovation ecosystem.

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10 AUGUST 2017






Aims to create jobs, diversify economies and increase regional


De Beers Group today announced a US$3 million, three-year partnership with Stanford

Graduate School of Business (GSB) to empower young, aspiring entrepreneurs and established

business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

In partnership with De Beers, the Stanford GSB will launch two programmes in 2018:

  • Seed Transformation Program
  • The Stanford Seed Transformation Program is a year-long leadership programme, taught by Stanford GSB faculty and Seed-trained local facilitators. The programme will provide management training, leadership team workshops and networking support to assist southern African leaders to grow their businesses, create jobs and help lead their regions to greater economic diversity and prosperity. The programme will be open to established business owners in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
  • Stanford Go to Market
  • Stanford Go to Market is an intensive, one-week entrepreneurship boot camp, taught by Stanford GSB faculty. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and small-group discussions, it will help budding entrepreneurs gain the confidence and skills to commercialise their business ideas and accelerate their route to market. Initially running in Botswana, the programme may expand to include participants from other southern African countries once fully established.

Funded by De Beers Group, the partnership will be supported by a range of Government entities in Botswana, including the Botswana Innovation Hub, the Botswana Ministry of Tertiary Education and the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport & Culture Development. Bruce Cleaver, CEO De Beers Group, said: “Economic diversification and youth employment opportunities are priorities for our government partners and are therefore priorities for De Beers Group as well. We believe these two programmes, in partnership with a worldrenowned education entity, have excellent potential to help accelerate diversification and stimulate more opportunities for young and ambitious southern Africans.”

Dr Alfred Madigele, Minister of Tertiary Education for the Government of the Republic of Botswana, said: “We welcome the private sector’s support in developing programmes that will enhance diversity and have a positive socio-economic impact for the youth. Through The Botswana Innovation Hub, Government will provide the facilities, infrastructure, operational and technical support for the programme which has the potential to have an important impact on our economic future.”

Jesper Sørensen, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Faculty Director of Stanford Seed, said: “We are excited to work with the young and established entrepreneurs in the Southern African region through this collaboration. As with our experiences in East and West Africa, we are coming to learn as much as we are to teach. If the business and job growth that follows matches what we are seeing in our other locations, I anticipate this will be a very impactful initiative.”

The programmes will be headquartered at the Botswana Innovation Hub, a Science and Technology Park in Gaborone, Botswana.

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Botswana Innovation Hub invites you to the closing ceremony of the:

  • Event: Closing Ceremony of The SANBio Winter School
  • Date: Wednesday 02nd August, 2017
  • Time: 18h00
  • Venue: Woodlane Hotel (Riverwalk Mall)
  • Contact: Tirelo Ramasedi (Tel: 3913328 or Email:

About the Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio)

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) was established in 2005 under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), as one of the five networks established under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI), to cover the SADC region. The platform provides access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African biosciences challenges. SANBio’s work focuses on four areas, namely agriculture, health, nutrition and livestock.

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Botswana Innovation Hub

Friday 28th July, 2017

SANBio Winter School

Botswana Innovation Hub invites you to the official opening of the:

  • Event: SANBio Winter School
  • Date: Monday 31st July, 2017 to Thursday 3rd August, 2017
  • Time: 09h00
  • Venue: Woodlane Hotel (Riverwalk Mall)
  • Contact: Samuel Gaborone (Tel: 3913328 or Email:

About the Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio)

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) was established in 2005 under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), as one of the five networks established under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI), to cover the SADC region. The platform provides access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African biosciences challenges. SANBio’s work focuses on four areas, namely agriculture, health, nutrition and livestock.

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Botswana Innovation Hub

Released Thursday 27th July, 2017

Botswana Innovation Hub invites you to:

  • Event: Workshop on The National Innovation Strategy and Funding Framework
  • Date: Monday 31st July, 2017
  • Time: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Venue: University of Botswana Conference Centre
  • Contact: Sithembile Dingake (Tel: 3913328 or Email:

About the Workshop  

Botswana Innovation Hub is facilitating the workshop on national innovation strategy and funding framework on behalf of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology. The workshop which is supported by the Ambassador of Israel to Botswana is based on Israel experiences and will give the Israel Innovation Authority perspective on developing policies, strategies and implementation framework for innovation and its funding at national level.

As Botswana builds a functional and integrated national innovation ecosystem, key to the workshop shall be capacity building on innovation for stakeholders, including the media, to appreciate how economies exploit new strategies for economic growth and employment creation and benefit economically through investments in innovation.

Botswana is ranked 89th on the 2017 Global Innovation Index (GII). The country is ranked 4th in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, coming in behind South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya respectively and ahead of Tanzania, Namibia and Rwanda.

Israel Innovation Ecosystem Fact Sheet

Israel is globally know as a start-up nation due to the numerous world class innovations that the country has put on the map over the years. The workshop presents the successes and challenges Israel experienced and will serve as advisory and learning points for adopting innovation as a national growth strategy. The workshop will be facilitated by an experienced Israel Innovation practitioner, Ms Anya Eldan.

Expert Profile

Anya Eldan is the General Manager, Early Stage at the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the Office of Chief Scientist). Managing existing programs, such as Early Stage Fund and Technological Incubators and developing new programs to foster innovation. Anya has over 25 years of executive experience in High Tech and Life Sciences companies, Venture Capital Investments and Technology Transfer ventures. Anya has a proven track record of private and public fundraising.

Global Innovation Index

In the 2017 Global Innovation Index Israel climbed 4 spots to the 17th place on the list, far ahead of many other developed and Western countries. The Global Innovation Index 2017 (GII) ranks the innovation performance of nearly 130 countries and economies around the globe annually. The GII seeks to shed light on countries’ competitiveness, based on 81 indicators. In this year’s report, Switzerland again topped the list, for the 7th year in a row, followed this year by Sweden, Netherlands, US and UK.

Regional innovation leader

Israel achieved the top spot in the region, ranked 1st in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region. Over the last 7 years, Israel has exhibited consistent ranking as the number 1 economy in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region and has kept its position among the top 25 GII-ranked high-income economies.


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