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Innovate Durban

August 27, 2015
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The Innovate Durban Programme was launched in 2014.
The purpose of this programme is to highlight the importance of innovation in economic processes as well as channel creativity into improving the City.   EThekwini Municipality, the founding member of Innovate Durban, has partnered with various institutions and companies to launch the Innovate Durban brand.
The programme has included a number of projects implemented by the city in collaboration with these key partners to support innovation. It is driven by projects focused on creating awareness, building capacity and skills, encouraging community involvement, boosting public and private sector innovation and creating fundamental linkages between all role players and innovation tools to make innovation easy and possible. These will entail a number of initiatives intended to offer thinkers, aspiring students and budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to share, build capacity, network and investigate technology-based economic and social development as well as increase awareness within the entire municipality regarding innovation.
Objectives of the Innovation Programme:
  •  build a platform that brings the business and academic communities together to enable innovation that solves business challenges, drives economic growth and creates jobs
  • lead innovation in the region by providing businesses access to innovation thinking and technology that will improve their efficiency and effectiveness in their operations
  • support innovation skills development in the region by supporting academic institutions in course development and awareness
  • build credibility for Innovate Durban and the platform through partnerships as well as associations with other key players in the innovation sector.

Article souce: http://innovate.durban.gov.za/About/Pages/default.aspx

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