Event Details

The EDHE Kick-off and AIT-SASBI SpringConference 2023 is taking place from Wednesday 22 to 23 February 2023 in Johannesburg/OR Tambo, Gauteng, South Africa, daily from 09:00 to 17:00 SAT.


The event takes place in collaboration with the AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023 an international experience united in the theme; Social and tech-driven for impact. A rich international learning experience for EDHE members, along with peers from Switzerland, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana.


Programme

  • 22 February AIT SASBI Spring Conference Day 1
  • 23 February AIT SASBI Spring Conference Day 2


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, 22 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 on Thursday morning, 23 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



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 https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8731966/ offers the platform to connect to like-minded people.

Speakers

  • Edwin Constable (Professor at University of Basel)

    Edwin Constable

    Professor at University of Basel

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  • Victoria Galán-Muros (Chief of Research and Analysis at UNESCO)

    Victoria Galán-Muros

    Chief of Research and Analysis at UNESCO

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  • Jacquelene Friedenthal (Counsellor at Swiss Embassy)

    Jacquelene Friedenthal

    Counsellor at Swiss Embassy

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  • Erik Stam (Professor at Utrecht University)

    Erik Stam

    Professor at Utrecht University

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  • Nanci Govinder (Senior Executive at nancigovinder.com)

    Nanci Govinder

    Senior Executive at nancigovinder.com

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  • Simone Stuerwald (Professor at OST)

    Simone Stuerwald

    Professor at OST

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  • Stephan Armin Hofer (Corporate Law Attorney at GHR)

    Stephan Armin Hofer

    Corporate Law Attorney at GHR

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  • Pauline Koelbl (Founder & CEO of Afriprospect)

    Pauline Koelbl

    Founder & CEO of Afriprospect

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  • Colin Pillai (Founder of CP+ Associates)

    Colin Pillai

    Founder of CP+ Associates

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  • Binod Koirala (Cluster Leader at EMPA)

    Binod Koirala

    Cluster Leader at EMPA

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  • Erich Thaler (International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel)

    Erich Thaler

    International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel

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  • Dorina Kühner (Programme Manager at University of Basel)

    Dorina Kühner

    Programme Manager at University of Basel

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  • Dr Norah Clarke (Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf))

    Dr Norah Clarke

    Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf)

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Time Zone

ATTENTION: All indicated times are shown in South African Time Zone.

Swiss Winter Time Zone is -1h. For example 14:00 in Johannesburg is 13:00 in Basel.

Agenda

  • Day 1 (February 22, 2023)
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast and Registration
    9:00 AM - 9:20 AMWelcome
    Welcome and provision of purpose and overview of meeting, overview of program and collaboration EDHE – AIT SASBI

    Erich Thaler

    International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel

    Dr Norah Clarke

    Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf)

    9:20 AM - 9:45 AMWelcome Address
    Prof. Dr. Erik Stam & Ms Jacquelene Friedenthal

    Jacquelene Friedenthal

    Counsellor at Swiss Embassy

    Erik Stam

    Professor at Utrecht University

    9:45 AM - 10:30 AMKeynote: Prof. Dr. Edwin Constable (University of Basel)
    Universities and support structures for innovation

    Edwin Constable

    Professor at University of Basel

    10:30 AM - 10:35 AMShort Break
    10:35 AM - 11:20 AMKeynote
    Approaching innovation form impact from with-in an African university
    11:20 AM - 12:50 PMLUNCH BREAK
    Networking Meeting & Exchange of EDHE and SASBI members
    1:00 PM - 1:15 PMPitching Contest: Introduction
    Pitching contest of African startups from South Africa, Rwanda, and Nigeria

    Pauline Koelbl

    Founder & CEO of Afriprospect

    Nanci Govinder

    Senior Executive at nancigovinder.com

    Colin Pillai

    Founder of CP+ Associates

    Binod Koirala

    Cluster Leader at EMPA

    Simone Stuerwald

    Professor at OST

    1:15 PM - 2:05 PMSouth African Startups
    2:05 PM - 2:20 PMBREAK: Coffee / Tea
    2:20 PM - 2:50 PMRwandan Startups
    2:50 PM - 3:20 PMNigerian Startups
    3:20 PM - 3:45 PMBREAK: Coffee / Tea
    3:45 PM - 4:00 PMSplitting into Reflection Groups
    Jury panel members and Startup companies departing into their respective reflection groups
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PMReflection Session
    Startup Reflection Group,
    Jury Panel convenes for the selection of the winners,
    Audience: Public Vote and Free Networking
    5:00 PM - 5:20 PMAnnouncement of the Winners & Closing

    Erich Thaler

    International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel

    Dr Norah Clarke

    Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf)

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PMDINNER
    Day 2 (February 23, 2023)
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast and Registration
    9:00 AM - 9:10 AMWelcome
    Setting the stage for Day 2 - World Café and ZOOM breakaway sessions
    World Café Format: tables with 2 speakers per country will be set up where participants will engage in questions and discussions with country experts at the individual tables for 45 min, then move to the next table.
    At the end, a rapporteur at each table will summarize the outcome of the discussions.

    The Online community will have a moderated Swiss/South African specific breakaway session parallel to the on-site World café

    Dr Norah Clarke

    Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf)

    Erich Thaler

    International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel

    9:10 AM - 9:55 AMKeynote: Dr. Victoria Galán-Muros (UNESCO)
    Sciencepreneurs and their (inter-) cultural challenges when expanding their businesses abroad

    Victoria Galán-Muros

    Chief of Research and Analysis at UNESCO

    9:55 AM - 10:15 AMDiscussion with Panel Members

    Nanci Govinder

    Senior Executive at nancigovinder.com

    Simone Stuerwald

    Professor at OST

    Stephan Armin Hofer

    Corporate Law Attorney at GHR

    10:15 AM - 10:25 AMCoffee / Tea break
    10:25 AM - 11:25 AMWorld Café: Input Panel
    Input Panel: Introductory remarks for each country
    Information on how to do business in SASBI partnering countries

    • Switzerland: SECO Business Hub, Stephan Hofer MLaw, Nanci Govinder (Consultant) (3 x 10 min)
    • South Africa: tbd (10 min)
    • Rwanda: tbd (10 min)
    • Nigeria: tbd (10 min)
    11:25 AM - 11:30 AMShort Break
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PMWorld Café: First Session
    12:15 PM - 1:15 PMLUNCH BREAK
    1:15 PM - 2:00 PMWorld Café: Second Session
    2:00 PM - 2:05 PMShort Break
    2:05 PM - 2:50 PMWorld Café: Third Session
    2:50 PM - 3:00 PMBREAK: Coffee / Tea
    3:00 PM - 3:30 PMGroup discussion summary by group rapporteurs
    3:30 PM - 3:50 PMReactions and Reflections by Higher Education leaders
    3:50 PM - 4:15 PMDisscussions and Q&A in the Plenary
    4:15 PM - 4:30 PMBREAK: Coffee / Tea
    4:30 PM - 5:00 PMGameshow: Test Your Multi-Country Business Knowledge
    5:00 PM - 5:30 PMClosing Ceremony

    Dr Norah Clarke

    Director: Entrepreneurship of Universities South Africa (USAf)

    Erich Thaler

    International Stakeholder at Universitat Basel

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Tickets Register

EDHE Kick-off and AIT-SASBI Spring Conference 2023: In-person attendees and speakers

Days 1 and 2.
Available: 23 January - 23 February 2023

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Days 1 and 2.
Available: 23 January - 23 February 2023

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Accommodation

Accommodation

EDHE will not be responsible for any accommodation and travel for guests and should be arranged personally. To avoid disappointment, kindly book accommodation at the Southern Sun or elsewhere well in advance. EDHE cannot guarantee availability at the Southern Sun. Please click here to view available accommodation options at Southern Sun


The Southern Sun offer a Complimentary Airport Shuttle

Southern Sun operates a free shuttle service to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport. This service is available 24/7 and the shuttle runs every 15 minutes. The pick-up point is situated behind the InterContinental Hotel at the bus / shuttle terminal. From the International / Domestic Arrivals terminals in the Airport, simply follow the "Public Transport" signage which will take you past the Car Hire section and onto the shuttle terminal.

Social media

We would like to invite our stakeholders to follow us on social media before the Lekgotla, as well as during the event to keep up to date with the excitement, news and competitions during the four days. Join the EDHE community today, if you have not done so yet. 

 

Enquiries

Should you have any registration enquiries, please contact: 

  • Zamaswazi Shabangu

      Email: zamaswazi@usaf.ac.za

      Phone: +27(73) 800 6120 

 

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  • Sandile Shabalala 

      Email: sandile@usaf.ac.za 

      Phone: +27(78) 1032 519

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EDHE Kick-Off SASBI Conference 2023 Official Invitation Letter as a PDF
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