INNOVATION CLINIC: PITCH Q&A SESSION
This session will focus on the paradigm that fueling and translation of new ideas from University Colleges/Innovation Spaces in Tanzania into workable innovative solutions that have strong commercial potential is a very exciting challenge requiring a breadth of skills, from commercial experience of designing a product through utilizing the correct processes and resources, to ensuring that it is fit for purpose and commercially viable. It is also worth mentioning that while establishment of incubation programs and innovation spaces at premises of University Colleges and elsewhere in the country is a significant milestone in Tanzania innovation ecosystem, the majority are still struggling with financial sustainability (particularly after donor grants are depleted) and thus have failed to attract and retain staff with adequate skills to guide through such ideas. It is for this reason Tanzania Data Lab is initiating innovation clinics as an entrepreneurship and innovation intervention that would provide no-fee business development counsel and other technical services to entrepreneurs and their ideas/ventures at their infancy stage.
Mzizima Hall , UDSM College of Information and Communication Technologies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania