Organisation: Technology Innovation Agency
Name of Exhibition: Technology Innovation Agency
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a schedule 3A public entity of the Department of Science and Technology that was established for the purposes of enabling and supporting technological innovation across all sectors of the economy in orderto deliver socio-economic benefits for South Africa and enhance its global competitiveness.
These goals are achieved by supporting the development and commercialisation of research outputs from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities, private research institutions and enterprises and bringing them to market. The ultimate goal of TIA is to use South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs and help diversify the economy.
In seeking to realise its mandate, TIA is positioned to be the link within the NSI in a bid to enhance the country’s capacity to translate a greater proportion of local research and development (R&D) into commercial technology products and services. This is the case as knowledge generated at various universities and public research institutions has not been reaching the market owing to a lack of funding instruments targeted at the development of technologies. The gap in funding has meant that there has been no translation of the knowledge generated and utilisation in addressing the socio-economic development needs of the country. It is therefore the mission of TIA to exploit South Africa’s knowledge resources into sustainable socio-economic opportunities that lead to creation of knowledge based industries which in turn will result in companies becoming more competitive
Contact: Kagiso Ntanga
Tel/Mobile: 031271 4500