Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

Innovators and entrepreneurs training – From ideation to the market

Is there a gap in the market, and is there a market in that gap? Unisa’s Directorate of Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation has been training staff and students to evaluate whether their proposed solution addresses a real market need. Read more

Unisa student innovator accepted into the UK Future Female Business School

Caroline Matenchi, Unisa’s Biomedical Science student and inventor of an Agricultural Smart Sensor, has been accepted into the UK Future Female Business School Accelerator Programme. The programme aims to empower women in start-up, inter-median and functioning businesses to improve their target market and to be different in the Green-Tech solutions industry. Read more

Unisa exhibits its technologies at the 5th Annual Bio Africa Convention

Unisa technologies, created for the benefit of society and humanity, were exhibited at the 2022 Bio Africa Convention. The convention attracted stakeholders from the public and private sectors and served as a showcase platform for commercialisation opportunities. Read more

Unlocking Unisa's innovative ideas

Unisa, as an entrepreneurial university, launched the Directorate of Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation's (DITTC) Pre-Incubation Programme in 2020. The programme was born from a need to support the innovative ideas emerging from the university and guide these to deliver a minimum viable product. Read more

Student exchange opens students’ eyes to international entrepreneurship trends

Unisa students promoted their research and innovation and participated in innovation and business plan competitions by presenting projects geared toward addressing some of Africa's societal and socio-economic challenges at three international universities. Read more

Unisa scholar secures seed fund to design pilot production plant

Prof Alex Kuvarega, thematic area leader for Nanostructured Materials at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability, was recently recognised with a Half Million Rand Club award for being granted a seed fund to design an innovative pilot plant. Read more

Unisa professor granted his first South African patent for a clean-energy invention

Prof Xinying Liu of the Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology was recently granted a South African patent for his ground-breaking method to manufacture high-performance lithium-ion batteries. Read more

Unisa student creates app to connect tech talent with the tech industry labour market

Innovative Unisan, Xola dos Santos has developed software to address the struggle that technically skilled students go through when searching for employment online. Read more

Unisa innovators awarded European patent for ground-breaking invention

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s Prof Vijaya Vallabhapurapu from the Department of Physics and Prof Patrice Umenne from the Department of Electrical Engineering were recently granted a European patent for their invention which will have a significant impact in the fields of quantum computing and medical imaging. Read more

Innovator in the service of humanity earns a training opportunity in Switzerland

Mbuso Ngcongo, a Bachelor of Science in Computing student, is one of the winning innovators earmarked to attend a training programme in Switzerland, in September of this year. Read more