The National Technology Business Centre Commemorates World Intellectual Property Day.
THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN INNOVATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME (SAIS 2) IS LAUNCHING ITS FIRST
CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO THE SAIS 2 INNOVATION FUND
The Government through the Ministry of responsible for Science and Technology saw it imperative to establish a technology business incubation programme that would primarily focus on the facilitating the development of technology inclined and innovative businesses. The responsibility to establish and implement this incubation programme rested with the National Technology Business Centre. This is in line with the Centre’s mandate to facilitate the commercialisation of products of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
NTBC embarked on establishing using the Technology Business Incubation Facility to enhance commercialisation, technology development/improvement and facilitate technology transfer, adoption and utilisation by industry. The long awaited dream of onsite incubation became a reality on 28th April, 2017 at Kabwe Institute of Technology where the facility was officially launched by the Permanent Secretary Mr Owen Mgemezulu on behalf of the Minister of Higher Education Hon. Nkandu Luo.
For a start, two businesses were commissioned to start operation in the facility. These were, the Mabuyu bao drink project and Muben plastic production. The other two to be incubated in the facility by year end are Mwekatech and Mondie Moringa instant porridge.
"Better Living Through Collaborative Innovation"
Innovation and design are two pillars of the socio-economic development of the world. The strength on the global stage can often be measured in technology innovation.
As a step towards improving the Zambian Innovation System, the Finnish Government has included Zambia as a participant on the Southern African Innovation Support programme (SAIS).