The Botswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with the Southern African Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) is launching The National Innovation Award (NIA).
The award is meant to strengthen and articulate innovations in the clean and bio technology areas.
The primary objective is commercialization and employment creation.
Public Relations and Communications manager Tigele Mokobi said “the purpose for the awards is to stimulate the culture of innovation amongst Batswana.”
There will be two categories in the competition, which are innovations in Bio technology and innovations in clean technology.
The innovations in Bio technology category will have four sub categories which include preservation innovations and packaging, and processing technology and commercial production.
The other includes harvesting of plant leaves or seeds source of exotic oils such as Sesame and Eucalyptus oils.
Meanwhile, under the Innovation in clean technology category there will be ten sub categories which include recycling, waste management, and energy management technologies and systems energy efficiency.
Ambrose Makgonatsotlhe who is the country manager for Southern African Innovation Support Programmed (SAIS) at the Botswana Innovation Hub said “the primary objective is commercialization and employment creation.
Entries are open to individuals, students, professionals and innovation teams.” He said only submissions with proof concept i.e. working models, prototypes and artefacts will be accepted.
“Winning entries will receive spot prizes and supported to commercialize through the Botswana Innovation Hub technology and business development services.”