The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) on Monday started a boot camp bringing together young innovators to review their projects that will be presented to industries and other private companies in a demonstration day that is being organized.
Participants are young innovators who participated in incubation program thru NIRDA STEM For Industry hub (S4I Hub) in 2019.
The week-long boot camp aims at reviewing the project progress ahead of the “Demo Day” to be held soon where young innovators will showcase their projects to the partners mainly industries to ensure the developed minimum viable products are commercialized.
Participating companies, all owned by fresh graduates from Universities and IPRCs are Smart Urwina, Reusable water,Santech &Umurinzi BGM, all the companies are winners of the “Innovate4Industry” NIRDA organized in 2019 and were later incubated in STEM For Industry hub (S4I Hub).
Speaking during the opening of the boot camp, Telesphole Mugwiza, Ag. Division Manager of Research and Development at NIRDA said the boot camp is a good opportunity for young innovators.
He said that it will serve an opportunity for them to revise their projects and work on their prototypes as they get ready to present to potential industries, a move that will lead to product commercialization.
“Young innovators are ones to look for future solutions for industries, you need to do more research on your projects as well as on other research areas if the country is to benefit from you,” said Mugwiza.
NIRDA is a government institution that has been mandated with a mission to enable a generation of industrial innovators to become competitive through technology monitoring, acquisition, development, and transfer & applied research.