South Africa Innovation Ecosystem Mapping Final Report

This report builds upon the second national IP&TT survey (2014-2018)4 undertaken by National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), which investigated the extent of research commercialisation in South African public universities. Specifically, this report details outputs of a project, which combined the mutual objectives of the British Council and the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, to understand the current barriers and enablers of the 26 South African public university innovation ecosystems. Using a combination of an innovation ecosystem baseline survey across the public universities, five focus groups and a two-day workshop, Oxentia gathered primary feedback and insights into gaps and areas of need. All findings have been summarised in this report with key themes and trends highlighted, recommendations proposed and an ‘action plan’ of short, medium and long-term actionable priority interventions.

Reports

National University Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Baseline Report

A research study conducted by Pivot Global Education for the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Universities South Africa (USAf), in partnership with the British Council.

UNECA Report

A research study conducted by Ms. Chimene Chetty for the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Universities South Africa (USAf), in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Department Science and Innovation (DSI), and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Voices Unite Research Report for SWEEP

Through USAF’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE), the programme currently referred to as “SWEEP” – Student Women Entrepreneurship Empowerment Programme – will aim to guide and empower female students across South Africa who are currently entrepreneurs and those who have ambitions to become entrepreneurs.

As a partner of EDHE and SWEEP, Voices Unite* has compiled this brief research report to help guide the plans for the SWEEP programme and to serve as a starting point for future research. The report draws from data and insights that were collected through the Voices Unite research platform during 2020 and which may be potentially relevant to SWEEP.