Annual EDHE Kick-off 2023

This year hosted alongside the AIT-SASBI Conference 2023 an international experience united in the theme; Social and tech-driven for impact. The EDHE Kick-off and AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 will offer In-person and Virtual attendance.

#Innovation4Impact #EDHE #EDHEKickoff2023

  • 20 – 23 February 2023

  • 09:00 am – 17:00pm

  • Johannesburg Southern Sun OR Tambo

Department of Higher Education and Training
University Capacity Development Programme
Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education
Universities South Africa
Swiss and African Research Cooperation
State Secreteriat for Education, Research and Innovation
Universität Basel
Swiss-African Research Cooperation

A rich international learning experience for EDHE members, along with peers from Switzerland, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana.


  • 21 February CoP Member Meeting
  • 22 February AIT SASBI Conference Day 1
  • 23 February AIT SASBI Conference Day 2

AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023

AIT-SASBI – Academy-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program.

Theme: Social and Tech driven Innovation for Impact
Date: 2023, February, 22nd – 23rd
Host: EDHE – Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa

Keynote Speaker on Wednesday morning, 22nd February 2023

Prof. Edwin C. Constable
University of Basel Professor of Chemistry

Former Vice-President Research, University of Basel
Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (corrFRSE)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chartered Chemist
President of Euresearch
President of the Committee for Research Integrity, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

Keynote Speaker Thursday morning, 23rd February 2023

Dr Victoria Galán-Muros
Chief Research and Analysis

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education
CEO and Cofounder of the Thinktank Innovative Futures Institute

Keynote Speaker, Thursday afternoon, 23rd February 2023

Mr York Zucchi
Founder of The StartUp Tribe

Chairperson of the Investment Committee at The Innovation Hub
Chairperson for the Centre for Unconventional Entrepreneurship

Mr York Zucchi is passionate about leaving the world in a better state than we found it and is involved in several global initiatives including The StartUp Tribe whose mission is to help 50 million people start and grow their businesses. He also loves sharing knowledge and has done over 500 lectures, workshops, and webinars worldwide (especially around his two areas of expertise: entrepreneurship and access to markets).

Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa
University of Basel

AIT-SASBI – Academy-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program

AIT-SASBI – Academy-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program

In the framework of this program the cooperation between Switzerland and Africa continues into 2021 – 24.

On the 30th of June, the Directors’ Roundtable on Innovation kick-started this new phase by bringing together stakeholders from Tech Transfer and Innovation Offices. Under the name of AIT-SASBI, the Academia-Industry Training: Swiss and African Science and Business Innovators Program, joint activities are launched and a greater understanding is targeted of each other’s know-how transfer ecosystem. This program is part of the Swiss-African Academia-Industry Training (Sensitization Phase) financed by the Swiss Ministry for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

The SASBI LinkedIn Account offers the platform to connect to like-minded people.

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Speaker Presentations

Day 1: Wednesday 22 February 2023

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Theme- Social and Techno-innovation for impact
Prof. P. Ndirangu Kioni,Vice Chancellor, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kioni (Kenya)

Switzerland and Africa – a study in synergy and symbiosis
Prof. Dr Edwin Constable

Approaching innovation for impact from within an African University
Dr Stephen Oluwatobi

Day 2: Thursday 23 February 2023

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