Bay innovators to benefit from international consortium

Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities.

The two-year knowledge exchange project, which ends in October this year, focussed on Entrepreneurship, Modernization and Innovation in South Africa (EMISHA) and was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

“Our involvement in the EMISHA project has enabled us to better serve our innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, in line with global technology transfer best practice, while expanding our network of international peers for future partnerships,” said Leoné Nowell, Acting Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office.

As an EMISHA project partner, Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office was able to acquire the Stepcraft CNC machine – now housed at Propella Business Incubator due to their advanced manufacturing development focus - to enable innovators and incubatees in the sector to create low volume 3-D prototypes.

“Propella wishes to thank the Nelson Mandela University for providing this facility that will complement our current service offering within the prototype laboratory. This four-axis machining centre will now enable us to fine-tune prototypes and produce low volume ‘soft’ modules ideally suited for running pre-production trials,” said Propella’s Senior Industrial Advisor, Grant Minnie.

One of the EMISHA project goals was to enhance effective university-industry relationships with the intention of expediting the commercialisation of technologies and assisting innovators to reach the market sooner.

The consortium delegates attended a workshop hosted at Propella in November 2016 and were impressed by the close working relationship between Nelson Mandela University and Propella Business Incubator.

Oddný Sverrisdóttir, Project Coordinator at Sweden’s Uppsala University International Office, said they had learnt a great deal about the innovation and technology transfer space from the South African perspective through the EMISHA collaboration.

Propella CNC machine

Photographed with the new Stepcraft CNC technology at the Propella Business Incubator are (from left to right): Anita Palmer (Business Incubator Manager, Propella), Robert Bosch (Rubber Nano Products, Incubatee at Propella) and Leoné Nowell (Acting Director, Innovation Office).

Effortless quirk and functional ease with mooi-mooii

Mooi mooiiWhilst studying fashion design at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and working for a local boutique, Lauren Gravett, founder of Mooi-Mooii, and a varsity friend, Samantha Miller, decided to make clothes for extra income. Little did they know the clothes would be selling fast and prompt them to start their own business.

Studio Artaxia taps into art conservation space

JoshuaStudio Artaxia, a conservation company that specialises in the restoration of stone and metals in the built environment is one of Propella's newest incubatees. The studio is based in Port Elizabeth but executes conservation services nationwide over a broad range of objects, sculptures, monuments and architectural elements through its mobile conservation unit.

Studio Artaxia offers various studio-based services like specialist mould-making, casting and composite services to both government and private sectors. In addition, the studio hosts sculpture classes to encourage the public to tap into the art conservation space.

Developmenthub offers full digital service

Odwa NdyaluvaneDevelopmenthub is a full-service digital agency providing digital and creative solutions to innovative companies in a strategic and bold manner. As digital marketing strategists, they aim to bridge the gap between strategy conceived and strategy executed. They work in collaboration with their clients to ensure that goals and objectives are aligned with customers' needs, thus creating an exceptional customer, user and brand experience.

Batsamayi creates record-keeping solutions for healthcare professionals

Batsamayi 2Batsamayi is a software development company that aims to offer a range of electronic health software services that will enable hospitals, clinics and private practices to manage continuous patient care and improve internal processes.

Award-winning entrepreneur heading up Propella

Anita Palmer - Full ColourAward-winning entrepreneur and business coach Anita Palmer has been appointed Business Manager of the Propella Business Incubator based in Humewood, Port Elizabeth.

Palmer, the founder and publisher of Business Link Magazine for more than a decade, was the vice chair of the Port Elizabeth Business Woman's Association.

She is also a winner of the BWA Regional Business Achiever's Award in the entrepreneurial category, and is qualified as business mentor with Mentors and Business Coaches International.

Call for Proposals - TIA SMME Seed Fund

Propella BuildingPropella Business Incubator (Pty) Ltd has been contracted by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to implement an SMME Seed Fund, aimed at assisting knowledge economy-based SMMEs in the Eastern Cape to access bridging finance to advance their innovative ideas to market.

Rubber Nano Products treads new ground

Robert BoschRubber Nano Products (Pty) Ltd [RNP] holds technology that allows for the creation of chemically specific activators for the different major classes of accelerators used in rubber vulcanization with sulfur. These accelerator classes are based on the chemical species forming the active portion of the accelerator type.

Fundamental shift needed by leadership

Propella SMART CITIES Event 129The SMART-city breakfast session hosted by Propella and the Regional Innovation Forum (RIF) on 27 March 2017 was highlighted by one of the attendees, Bev Hancock, in a "Teachable Moments" discussion in The Herald on 31 March.

Tuse makes communications technologies available in remote areas

TUSE inventorsTuse App, an Android application that makes use of the Wi-Fi component on a smartphone device, allows you to send text messages, make phone calls and transfer data on the network created and does not need traditional wireless infrastructure to work.

"Tuse has the ability to have 'multi hop' communication. Fully encrypted information and calls are transferred between the sender and recipient by 'hopping' from device to device," said Sabelo Sibanda, co-founder of Tuse.

Propella featured in NMMU Innovation Office Newsletter

Newsletter coverThe progress the Propella Business Incubator has made in the past year has been featured in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Innovation Office Newsletter.

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