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THE E-INNOGRAM JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER VOL 2, ISSUE 1

LINKEDIN & MICROSOFT TRAIN TALENT RECRUITERS IN BOTSWANA

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming a useful tool for recruiters. In addition to one’ profile, LinkedIn carries one’s professional character and behaviour as shown by the posts they like or comment on, what they post and the content they view.

In recognition of this, Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) in collaboration with Microsoft Africa & LinkedIn recently hosted a Human Resource (HR) and Marketing Professionals training session. 30 professionals attended the session that equipped them with a number of skills.

These skills included:

1) Developing a stellar LinkedIn profile with skills and accomplishments that sells

2) Growing professional skills everyday by staying informed with the latest news and insights from industry leaders, relevant content and groups.

3) Building an online brand and thought leadership with your audience

MORE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FOR BOTSWANA INNOVATION FUND SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS

At close of the Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) Second Call for Proposals, 324 applications were received. An impressive record indicating an increase from 57 applications received during the First Call for Proposals. The Second Call for Proposals opened to a broader pool of applicants including companies that are not registered with BIH. Grants allocated will be focused on economic sectors that have been selected as priorities for the Botswana National Development Plan, Vision 2036 or Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

A total of P16 million has been set aside for funding and selected projects that meet the evaluation criteria. The grants awarded shall be up to P2 million per project and will be spent on eligible costs only. The process of evaluation is expected to take approximately 3 months form the time that the call closed (23. Jan.2019). Thereafter, the 16 million BWP reserved for the call will be awarded to deserving innovative projects based on their concept, value and impact they will have on our economy as vetted by an independent expert panel of adjudicators.

BIH CEO, Mr Alan Boshwaen said, “The Government is dedicated to expanding opportunities for funding of innovative projects. The Innovation Fund is a great framework to promote innovation by giving innovators access to early stage funding. With the Second Call for Proposals, we are delivering on our commitment to foster commercialisation of innovations and technology transfer and contribute towards Botswana’s competitiveness & economic diversification. We expect to see funded projects scaling up sustainably and thereby creating more jobs.”

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

FUTURE ENGINEERS DARE TO DREAM!

The Airbus Foundation, together with its partners - The Little Engineer and Dare to Dream launched the Airbus Little Engineer robotics programme in Botswana. The goal of the initiative is to encourage young learners to understand and embrace technology and ignite passion that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Botswana Innovation Hub hosted The Airbus Little Engineer A380 Assembly Workshop in February. The Airbus Little Engineer workshop, composed of a two-day seminar for Dare to Dream’s trainers, familiarizing them with the Airbus Little Engineer programme. This was followed by a workshop involving 30 learners from Gaborone, Ramotswa and Bobirwa.

The Airbus Little Engineer A380 Assembly Workshop is a Robotics and Coding workshop offered by AIRBUS Foundation for learners aged 12+ in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and now in Southern Africa, to instil in youth the passion and entrepreneurial zeal for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, said “The inherent and extensive nature of science, innovation, engineering and aerospace technology offers boundless possibilities and opportunities for Botswana and its socio-economic development. They are essential to the realisation of Botswana Vision 2036 of achieving a knowledge-based economy, the African Union Agenda 2063 of ‘The Africa We Want’ and the UN sustainable development goals.”

During the workshop, the learners were introduced to the exciting world of aviation, robotics and coding. At the end, they were able to assemble an aircraft model, program it with their own algorithm so it can manoeuvre on the tarmac, ready for take-off.

AGRIPRENUERS SHARE KNOWLEDGE

In partnership with BIH, the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) conducted a 2-day free workshop on Financial Management; measuring and growing business performance for women in tech and agribusiness. The programme dubbed #VALUE4HER; intended to strengthen Women Agribusiness Enterprises in Southern Africa. The workshop targeted a total of 25 females from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 18 of them were from Botswana.

#VALUE4HER facilitates innovative business linkages between women-led agribusinesses and help agripreneurs to link with women suppliers, to benefit other women in the value chain. In addition, VALUE4HER uses knowledge and targeted advocacy to address economic barriers to women’s entrepreneurship (e.g. equitable access to finance), as well as highlight and reinforce market practices that enable women to succeed.

AWIEF is Africa’s #1 female entrepreneurship conference & exhibition that brings together over 1,200 female entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry experts, academics, development organisations, and investors in a combined effort to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth. “We want to bring in more young women to be job creators and not just job seekers,” said Irene Ochem, founder and CEO of AWIEF, at the launch of the project.

BUSINESS EXECUTIVES APPRECIATE LOCAL SOLUTIONS AT BOTSWANA INNOVATION HUB

BIH had the pleasure of hosting the Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) students. This group composed of highly successful managers, professionals, and executives across a broad spectrum of industries.

BIH start up client companies Nubian Seed & Share Me Studio pitched their products and services to the executives. This platform allowed the companies to showcase the social and innovative structure of their projects. The start-up companies received abundant constructive feedback from the executives regarding their companies. They were able to further interact with the executives to increase their network as well as build global relationships.

“Fostering relationships like the one BIH has with International Study Programs (ISP), allows for our start-ups to engage with executives from all around the world. The relationship allows for the world to see what growing solutions Botswana has to offer” said Dr. Budzanani Tacheba, Director of Innovation & Technology Botswana Innovation Hub.

NUBIAN SEED

Email: nubian.seed@gmail.com - Phone:+267 77098440

https://www.facebook.com/NubianSeed/

ShareMe Studio

Email: sharemestudio@gmail.com - Phone: +26776079504

https://www.facebook.com/ShareMeStudio/

HELLO & WELCOME HON. MINISTER THAPELO OLOPENG

True to his promise of engaging with all the departments, parastatals and institutions under the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science & Technology, his stop at BIH was equally an inspiring one.

The Minister interacted with various BIH startup companies and appreciated innovative solutions they presented.

Honourable Olopeng also met with BIH staff members and discussed the importance of the journey ahead and working together to solidify BIH’s contribution to the Ministry’s mandate of transforming the economy from a resource based one to a knowledge based one.

“I met with top management, staff and innovators, we had brilliant discussions and agreed that focusing on our mandate is imperative. Innovators presented their brilliant products and services, but the most important part is to support them to take these products to the market.” - Honourable Thapelo Olopeng.

The BIH team is forever up for the challenge!

IASP INTERNATIONAL BOARD MEETS IN MALAGA, SPAIN

The IASP International Board gathered for an annual meeting at IASP Headquarters in February to discuss the association’s strategy under International President Paul Krutko (Ann Arbor SPARK, USA). The International Board is made up of 20 experts from 15 countries across 5 different continents: Botswana, China, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Iran, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uruguay, and the USA.

IASP President, Paul Krutko, said: “IASP is located at an important nexus of global innovation and prosperity. Our members, areas of innovation and science parks, impact affirmatively through the thousands of companies and research institutions found within their boundaries the sustainability and economic vitality of the regions they are located within. This is complex and important work. Our association's value proposition is that by identifying, developing and sharing knowledge about the best practices of areas of innovation and science parks, communities and their citizens all over the world can benefit. Our members are able through their participation in the IASP global network to learn and make connections that they could not do in any other way.”

For further information about IASP, please visit www.iasp.ws.

BIH SPONSORED STUDENTS TO A MAKEATHON CHALLENGE IN SPAIN

Thabo Malete and Zimele Gwebeu, 5th Year Mechatronics Engineering students from Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST) attended a 4-day Makeathon challenge in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain in February 2019 through the sponsorship of Botswana Innovation Hub.

A makeathon is an activity that brings together 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. The theme of the makeathon was focused around Smart Home, Smart Mobility, Green Energy, Autonomous driving, Connected Systems and Smart Farming.

The 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. The two students joined more than 300 students from 63 universities of different countries.

"Thanks to BIH & BIUST, we were able to network and collaborate with entrepreneurs from around the world. From creative business development master classes to team building exercises, it was really cool being a part of so many learning activities that I would be able to practice here at home” said Thabo Malete.

“The makethon presented so many opportunities to learn from other entrepreneurs from around the world and how they are solving problems in their home country markets. The trip was truly a learning experience for me and I look forward to using the relationships made from the makethon to help develop my projects and better Botswana." said Zimele Gwebeu.

“The makethon presented so many opportunities to learn from other entrepreneurs from around the world and how they are solving problems in their home country markets. The trip was truly a learning experience for me and I look forward to using the relationships made from the makethon to help develop my projects and better Botswana." said Zimele Gwebeu.

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