Boost for entrepreneurial innovations

May 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

ABB has signed an agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand technology centre, the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct. The memorandum of understanding signed at a stakeholder event on 11 April 2018 stipulates donations and support mechanisms which the company will offer to Tshimologong.

ABB Southern Africa MD Leon Viljoen said Industry 4.0 opens the way for entrepreneurs to become part of a supply chain to large players. He said the company aims to develop young entrepreneurs’ digital innovations, which is in line with Tshimologong’s offering through its incubation programme. Wits acting vice-chancellor Prof. Tawana Kupe described the partnership as an affirmation of the precinct’s vision.

The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is the brainchild of Prof. Barry Dwolatzky, who heads up the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at the university. He said people in developed countries have options; Californians can go to Silicon Valley if they need support and funding for new technological ideas and people in Johannesburg now have a safe ecosystem in which to develop their ideas too. The precinct is part of Wits, but it is open to all, not just to students.

Contact Lebohang Kgaye, ABB, Tel 010 202-6995, lebohang.kgaye@za.abb.com