At last week’s Innovation Systems and Academic Entrepreneurship workshop that was hosted by Universities South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, academics exchanged thought-provoking perspectives on challenges they encounter in advancing academic entrepreneurship. This was in a plenary discussion following the seminar on Challenges and Risks in Innovation. The EDHE workshop was facilitated by experts from Oxentia Ltd, which is Oxford University’s Innovation consultancy.

Oxentia’s Managing Consultant, Dr Alexandra Bush and Head of Consulting Services at Oxford University Innovation, Dr Jaci Barnett, facilitated this discussion, as they did numerous seminars during the two-day training event, which was attended both in person and online by academics and staff from South Africa’s public universities. The training-of-trainers workshop aimed to equip academics and other professionals with strategies to bridge the gap between research, innovation, and commercialisation.