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VENTURES AFRICA – Across nations, many firms and governments face the increasingly complex challenge of resolving international poverty, variations of political instability, and global climate change. With United Nations experts projecting the world population to reach 10.1 billion by 2100 some of these problems may worsen before they are improved. Both firms and governments are addressing these challenges differently, with firms investing highly in profitable innovation, and governmental organizations investing in less innovative but essential social services. This has created a gap for socially minded non-governmental organizations, which aspire to provide moderately innovative social services.
 
Innovation Today: Social Media as a tool for innovation in Africa
 

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Tools for science

Research infrastructures (RIs) play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology. They are a key instrument in bringing together a wide diversity of stakeholders to look for solutions to many of the problems society is facing today. RIs offer unique research services to users from different countries, attract young people to science, and help to shape scientific communities.

 

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The European Commission has recently published the results of the public consultation of the future Public Private Partnership on life sciences research and innovation, the successor of the current Innovative Medicines Initiative PPP (IMI). The respondents express their clear support for the establishment of a new PPP with an expanded scope and a simpler implementation model compared to IMI. A dedicated legal structure with a lighter approach is clearly preferred compared to the possibility of establishing a contractual PPP.

According to the consultation, IMI has a sound and transparent evaluation system and has been particularly successful at bringing together relevant stakeholders in biopharmaceutical research and has achieved international visibility. However, there seems to have had less success in engaging SMEs, an objective to work on in the next PPP. 90% of respondent would like industry to contribute financially as well as in-kind to the projects of the new PPP.

The Commission is expected to present the proposals for the future PPPs under Horizon 2020 before the summer.


Click here to read the results

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Innovation, mobile, tech and startups. These are Africa’s buzzwords. A continent that arrived late to the web revolution, Africa is catching up fast and leading the way in some aspects.

The continent is working overtime to build and create products, services and businesses that can rival that of the developed world. It is no longer the dark continent. According to a Daily Beast report, Africa is being heralded as the “new Asia” and the “home of the next Google”.

“Compared to dismal rates in the rest of the world, Africa’s growth is exceptional,” Gustavo Galindo, a portfolio manager with Russell Investments is quoted in the Daily Beast as saying. “It surprises me many US investors don’t realize the opportunities this creates, with some African stocks gaining 15% to 20% returns.”
 
That surprise is echoed in Africa, where young entrepreneurs are building products that not only solve African problems but can scale as well. In spite of lack of investor interest, the continent thrives and that is to a great degree thanks to tech hubs and co-creation spaces popping up with the aim of fostering innovation and technological growth.
 
Here are nine innovation hubs and co-creation spaces that are doing their bit to champion the African tech boom.

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kLab adds to Rwanda’s tech drive

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Based in Rwandan capital Kigali, kLab is the landlocked country’s first dedicated innovation hub and a key figure in the march to becoming a force in the ICT sector.
 
Founded in June of 2012, kLab came about through a confluence of ideas and role-players.
 
“Individuals and key players in the private sector came together and felt it was needed to have this sort of space where people could come to work on their ideas and have an opportunity to commercialise them. They drafted a proposal and plan and then set about recruiting the relevant partners,” explains Claude Migisha K., general manager at kLab.
 
Private sector interest in the incubation space has also spurred on its development.
 

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Supporting and promoting scientific research and innovation, as well as enabling access to scientific information, have always been key priorities for the European Commission and the Member States. It is widely acknowledged that Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAIs) play a crucial role in supporting research and in providing a distributed virtual environment where scientific resources can be stored, accessed and shared. More interactive, collaborative approaches to research in conjunction with the deluge of data are opening new frontiers to data processing, storing and preservation; this also poses new requirements and challenges for existing AAIs across Europe.

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