FOCUS AREAS:

Health

Agriculture

Education

Tourism

OPEN INNOVATION REGIONAL CONNECT

Open Innovation (OI) offers organisations (public or private), the opportunity to employ a different method of developing products and services, using the knowledge and expertise of external partners: from customers/users, suppliers, universities, laboratories, individuals (developers and inventors) to companies from different industries. Regional Connect supports OI by offering organisations opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, ensuring the availability of ideas for developing new and improved products, services and solutions, as well as possibilities for entering new markets. Companies around the globe have been using this proven method of solution finding, utilising intermediary platforms that enable the exchange of technologies and finding appropriate partners for developing specific technologies.

WHY GET INVOLVED

This project involves the creation and usage of a digital open innovation platform that actively sources solutions from innovative individuals, start-ups, ideas and companies to solve current and pressing problems in health, education, agriculture and tourism. Through four open innovation opportunity programmes, each addressing an identified need in the respective sector, the public will be invited to submit a potential solution to address the need. Through this open innovation process, applicants are provided with an access point to enter a competitive market, and potentially gain access to interested investors. Individuals, teams or corporations that are selected will undergo a 3 month incubation programme at BITRI, and receive valuable innovation training by RIIS, in order to create their own sustainable business.

Current Partners - SAIS 2

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SOUTH AFRICAN INNOVATION SUPPORT

The Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2) is a regional initiative that supports the growth of new businesses through strengthening innovation ecosystems and promotion of cross-border collaboration between innovation role-players in Southern Africa.  

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THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability is the lead implementation partner for this project and has facilitated several successful open innovation platforms. RIIS has extensive experience in the field of innovation management consulting.

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BOTSWANA INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

The Mandate of BITRI is to identify, develop and/or adapt appropriate technology solutions that provides sustainable innovative solutions through co-creation and collaboration in line with national priorities and needs of Batswana.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

The new SAIS 2 programme would not be possible without our generous and knowledgeable sponsors. Thank you very much.

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SAIS 1 PARTNER SHOWCASE

We’d also like to take a moment to thank the SAIS 1 programme partners. Your involvement made the project a massive success.

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