A Midlands State University (MSU) incubation hub to act as a platform where midlands citizens will explore and develop technology rand business elated ideas, is set to be commissioned next month.
Speaking to TechnoMag on the side-lines of the Liquid Telecom-Microsoft Azure Conference, MSU Incubation Hub Director, Dr Patience Siwadi said all was set for the commissioning of the hub with President Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to officiate the ceremony which will be held at the MSU Graduate School in Gweru.
By Michael Gwarisa
“The government mandated six Universities to set up incubation hubs. MSU hub is the only hybrid hub that was accepted by government. We did not cut and paste but cut and pasted and modified other models we saw in other countries.
“This hub is going to take on projects from all walks of life and the midlands community. It is also going to capture individuals from Universities, polytechnic, teachers colleges. We want to tap into life changing innovation that are in the communities, bring them to the bub, asset them in all ways possible,” she said.
The hub is currently under construction, currently at 80 percent through the project. The project is being driven by the ministry of Higher and tertiary education and in partnership with Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe
The platform will assist innovators with marketing, marketing, branding, as well as link innovators to markets and mobilise funding for life changing projects.
“We have been looking for partners, that’s is why we are here. Hubs should be sustainable, we are going out there to say what you would like to see in the hub. Liquid has already connected us to the UNDP innovation centre where we can visit and learn.
“So we don’t talk money only, we talk relationships, we talks partnerships, and I give you something, you give me something,” added Dr Siwadi.
Construction of the hub which includes the Labs and buildings requires plus or minus a $1 million while the other finding will come from partnerships and business endorsements.
“The hub is going is going to be self-sustainable and will be housed at the MSU graduate school. So we want to benefit and ride on the already existing manageable faculties and strictures.”