Sahara Ventures Technology Transfer and Commercialization (TTC) Institutional Assessment Canvas.
Sahara Ventures Technology Transfer and Commercialization Institutional Assessment Canvas is a Tool Designed to Help Academic and Research Institutions with Innovation and Research Commercialization.
Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (TTC) is still challenging in most African research and academic institutions. Africa must still catch up with other regions in innovation and research commercialisation.
According to the Global Innovation Index 2021, Africa still needs to catch up to other regions, with only a few countries ranking in the top 100. South Africa, the highest-ranked African country, ranks 59th globally, followed by Tunisia (65th), Morocco (72nd), and Egypt (74th). These countries have a relatively well-developed innovation ecosystem, including universities, research institutions, and technology hubs.
Sahara Ventures has been working with the Africa Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES) hosted at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NMAIST) to study the opportunities and challenges facing Tanzanian academic and research institutions in Technology Transfer and Commercialization (TTC). In partnership with CREATES, Sahara Ventures designed the TTC Institutional Assessment Canvas to help African research and academic institutions think strategically when designing and planning TTC activities on-campus and within their institutions.
The tool has gathered insights and analysis from 18 academic and research institutions in Tanzania while helping them plan their TTC activities. The tool has the following pillars;
- TTC Status | What is your organisation's current status of Technology Transfer and Commercialization? (Overview) which looks into; TTC Office, TTC Policy, TTC Partners, TTC Cases, TTC Activities, IP Policy, Patents Filed, and Others.
- TTC Activities | What are the current Technology Transfer and Commercialisation activities carried out at your organisation? Any routine activities conducted by the organisation to promote Technology Transfer and Commercialization? which look into; Capacity Building, Events and Conferences, Exchange Programs, Industry Engagements, and Other Activities.
- TTC Management | Are there any policies, regulations and administrative structures to manage Technology Transfer and Commercialization at your organisation? This looks into; Ownership Structures, Partnership Agreements, Patenting Arrangements, Databases, etc.
- TTC Services | What services and support to researchers (innovators) on Technology Transfer and Commercialization are offered at your organisation? This looks into; IP Protection, Patenting Services, Licensing Activities, Incubator Activities, Other Startup Support, Financing and Seed Funding, Negotiation and Partnerships and Other Services.
- TTC Cases | What are your organisation's practical cases (evidence) of Technology Transfer and Commercialization? Any practical examples of transferred technology or commercialised research?
- TTC Measurement and Documented | How do you measure and document your organisation's Technology Transfer and Commercialisation activities? This includes; KPIs, OKRs, TTC Database and Others.
- TTC Partners | Who are the strategic partners working with your organisation on Technology Transfer and Commercialization? Any practical examples of adopted technologies? This includes; Firms, Public Institutions, CSOs and Clusters, Development Organisations, Communities, and Others.
- TTC Opportunities | What are your organisation's Technology Transfer and Commercialisation opportunities?
- TTC Challenges | What are your organisation's different challenges (hurdles) in accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization?
These nine pillars above help organisations reflect on their TTC priorities and strategise accordingly. It is important to note what is mentioned above doesn't serve as the only thing to consider when developing your TTC strategy. Still, it can help build a strong foundation for those exploring establishing Technology Transfer Offices (TTO) and other TTC initiatives in academic and research institutions.
The Technology Transfer and Commercialization (TTC) Institution Assessment Canvas Can Be Accessed Here.
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