Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau Chief
The Midlands State University (MSU) Incubation Hub has unveiled its first products four months after it was launched by President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa officially opened the first incubation hub at MSU to identify, nurture and patent bankable projects from high schools, colleges, polytechnics, universities and the Midlands community in general.
The hub is part of the six incubation centres that have been set up at five other tertiary institutions that include the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), University of Zimbabwe, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe National Defence University and Manicaland University of Science and Technology.
The MSU Incubation Hub on Tuesday launched roofing and tiling materials from innovators called Noble Savages and a green revolution innovation of Seed Balls from Evergreen Solutions.
Noble Savages represented by Mr Msindazwe Ndhlovu and Mr Tsepang Khumalo come up with an advanced version of roofing tiles and pavers made out of recycled plastic with the distinct advantages of being lighter, stronger, cheaper and resultantly leading to the creation of a safe and greener world.
On the other hand, Evergreen Solutions represented by Mr Stuart Kwenda and Mr Tapfuma Mutema launched Seed Balls, which are seeds coated in a combination of nutrients and binder forming balls that are easy to disperse for germination.
Speaking during the launch, the guest of honour, the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Academic Affairs, Professor Doreen Moyo, said the primary mandate of the hub is to promote research, technology and innovation based on entrepreneurship through incubation and networking.
“It is our expectation that new start-up companies will set up and thereby accelerate technology transfer to industry and the nation,” she said.
She said the inaugural product launch is a big stride towards achieving the vision of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, championed by the Minister, Professor Amon Murwira, which seeks to build a national culture of performance for the growth of the economy through modernisation and industrialisation.
The launch was attended by various corporate players among them Nyaradzo, the Forestry Commission, Environmental Management Agency and Steward Bank who are collaborating with the MSU Incubation Hub.