He fired the first shot in the Innovation Systems and Academic Entrepreneurship workshop that kicked off on Wednesday for academics and staff involved in entrepreneurship development at South Africa’s public universities. Addressing the topic: What is academic entrepreneurship and why do we do it? Dr Tim Hart, Development Director at Oxentia Ltd, said it must all begin with understanding that we do research to advance knowledge for the future benefit of humankind and for our environment. It is also about appreciating the need for innovation, which means the application of knowledge in the creation of new products and services.

He was the first speaker lined up in the training-of-trainers workshop of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, hosted in a hybrid format from a facility in Sandton, Johannesburg. The workshop was the main activity in EDHE’s Kick-off event for 2022, that was facilitated by experts from Oxentia Ltd, a division of Oxford University Innovation.