The Innovation Hub opens up international science and technology parks workshop to all

The Innovation Hub opens up international science and technology parks workshop to all

Tshwane, 20 May 2019 – To create greater inclusion and meet the demand that has been forthcoming for The Innovation Hub’s prestigious 2019 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Africa Division Workshop, which is taking place on the 23rd and 24th May 2019, in Tshwane, the organisation has taken the decision to provide free registration for the workshop.

The Innovation Hub has been overwhelmed by requests for attendance by entrepreneurs, students, IT professionals and other key stakeholders,” explains The Innovation Hub’s Head of Marketing and communications Matona Ntshona Sakupwanya. 

“However, the challenge was that many of these attendees are young entrepreneurs or students that could not afford the fee, but so desperately want the knowledge and skills that the workshop has on offer. Through this workshop, The Innovation Hub further strengthens its position in the role it plays in creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and stakeholders in the technology and innovation space to thrive.”

The workshop is part of a series of Science and Technology Parks’ build-up events that are taking place globally leading to the main IASP Conference, to be hosted from the 23 – 29 September 2019, in Nantes, France. IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation with over 388 members in 77 countries representing numerous sectors from 7 regional divisions including; Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, West Asia and North Africa. The workshop will bring together professionals, leaders, experts from Science and Technology Parks, Areas of Innovation and technology-based incubators, all collectively referred to as “STPs & AOIs”, academia, the public and private sectors.

To be hosted under the theme ‘The Role of Science and Technology Parks (STPs) and Areas of Innovation (AOIs) as enablers for economic development’, the main objective of the workshop will be to challenge practitioners from the continent to consider the economic development capacity of STPs and AOIs in Africa.

The workshop will be officially opened by the Chairperson of The Innovation Hub Board, Dr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, joined by the Director General of IASP, Luiz Sanz and the President of IASP Africa Division, Mr Alan Boshwaen. This will be followed by three plenary sessions on the same day and will culminate in a gala dinner that evening. Each forum has been curated to engage matters deemed critical to the role of STP’s and AoIs particularly in Africa, namely the policy environment for STP’s; best practice of business incubators; entrepreneurship and economic growth; and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Africa.  Finally, the IASP will elect and announce its Fifth President for the IASP African Division.