About us


The i5hub is an innovation hub and the name generates from its pillars of 5 i’s which stand for ideation, incubation, innovation, intellectual property and industrialization. The i5hub is an open innovation hub meaning it accepts ideas not from internal sources but from external sources too. The i5hub offers research and development, creativity, and exploration and are particularly useful when commercialization requires significant time and capital.

Who are we?

The i5hub is Africa University’s dedicated support to enterprise development.
It is a platform and place where creative entrepreneurs from the University and the community come to: share, learn, validate, protect and scale-up their ideas for commercialization.

Why i5hub?

The 5 i’s represent pillars of our model for nurturing ideas that come through the hub requiring different levels of service engagement processing. ideation, incubation, innovation, intellectual property and industrialization.

Who uses the hub?

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and anyone in the community can bring their ideas which will then be analyzed and selected into the relevant processing stage

Explanation of the 5 I’s


This is the first pillar of the i5hub’s 5 I’s. Ideation stage is where the brainstorming of ideas and concepts are done. Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract.  Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.


This is the 2nd pillar of the 5 I’s. The incubation stage is where the developing of the additional practices that create an open, transparent, welcoming, and predictable open-source the project is done.


This is the 3rd pillar which deals with the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value.

Intellectual Property

This pillar deals with the protection and registration of ideas and issuing of patents, trademarks and copyrights.


This is the final stage where all innovation processes are complete, the idea has been successfully registered and is now being deployed in the market for consumption and generating income.

i5hub Processes

I5hub has the IP process which deals with Intellectual Property policies and the innovation processes which show the processes of innovation.