Dedicated to the success of innovators

Through I5hub Africa University is committed to supporting startups emanating from research, development and innovation outputs from staff, students and the community.

"Owning a business offers unique opportunities for income, wealth building, personal fulfillment."

Our Mandate

I5HUB is mandated to develop, incubate, commercialize and transfer technology for the greater industrialization and modernization of Zimbabwe. The University is committed to supporting startups emanating from research, development and innovation outputs from staff, students and the community. Africa University invests in Africa’s future, and the cutting-edge research and innovation occurring in the University stands to be a driving force to future groundbreaking companies. 

 

Our Responsibility

i5hub is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation. The i5hub manages the University’s innovation and intellectual property portfolio through seeking relevant intellectual protection for the university’s intellectual property portfolio such as patenting, trademark, design and other forms of protection. The team is also responsible for the management of the portfolio and the commercialisation of innovation through licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.

Explanation of the 5 I’s

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Africa University’s innovation hub dedicated to support enterprise development where creative entrepreneurs from the University and the community come to ​

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.

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