10:00-10:30 How to Co-create a Leading and Sustainable Tech Start-Up Incubator

Presenter: Mr Nils Beers,University of Delft

Presenter: Ms Donna Williams, Wits Tshimologong Precinct

From inkless printing to cutting edge laser technology. Tech entrepreneurs build complex technologies and hardware products that impact the world of today and tomorrow. It has the potential to solve many of the world’s hardest problems and create employment and opportunities for millions. Tech incubators and accelerators serve as a launch pad for talented student ventures. Successfully incubated ventures coming out of the university accelerators are likely to remain in the local ecosystem and contribute to employment levels as well as create channels for industry-university interaction.

But how can we cocreate a well-functioning tech start-up ecosystem and help top tech entrepreneurs grow and create tomorrow’s solutions? In this Science Talk, speakers from Yes!Delft from Delft, the Netherlands and Tshimologong Precinct from Braamfontein, Johannesburg, take up the challenge to share what is happening in their space.

Nils Beers, commercial director of Yes!Delft, will share experiences from the Netherlands. YES!Delft started in 2005 as an initiative from Delft University of Technology, the City of Delft and TNO Companies. Since then YES!Delft has grown into one of the leading tech incubators in Europe. In 2015, YES!Delft was ranked as a top incubator by University Business Index (UBI), being number 4 in Europe and number 9 worldwide. Over the last decade, Yes!Delft supported more than 200 technology companies.

Lesley Donna Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Wits Tshimologong Precinct, will shine light on the digital innovation and entrepreneurship cluster in Braamfontein that aims to grow exciting world class tech ventures with local relevance. Last year, IBM opened its second IBM Research laboratory here, collaborating with Wits, the Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Science and Technology on data-driven healthcare, digital urban ecosystems and astronomy. Tshimologong–which means “new beginnings” in seSotho– was initiated by Wits University, recently ranked among the top 10 universities in emerging economies by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings





Mr Nils Beers,University of Delft,Netherlands








Ms Donna Williams, Wits Tshimologong Precinct,South Africa