SAB Foundation and Technology Innovation Agency partner to support local innovation entrepreneurs

(Johannesburg) – The annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards was given a big boost this year following the conclusion of a new partnership with the Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA) that will see a multimillion rand in kind contribution to support the growth of local entrepreneurs and their innovations.

GOOD NEWS: 6th annual Social Innovation and inaugural Disability Empowerment Awards 2016 winners celebrated

This is in addition to the prize monies and business development support provided to SAB Foundation Social Innovation winners recognised for their products and services which are designed and developed for use by some of  society’s most vulnerable individuals, notably women, the youth, people living with disabilities and people living in rural areas, the primary beneficiaries of the SAB Foundation

The partnership between the SAB Foundation and the TIA will see significant in-kind technical assistance in the form of expert man hours, design and access to prototyping equipment, necessary for innovations shortlisted in the Social Innovation Awards 2016 to achieve market readiness.

“The Technology Innovation Agency has shown great foresight and leadership in recognising the potential our innovators hold for others who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to access products and services that bring improvement to their lives. We are looking forward to working with our innovators and entrepreneurs and ensuring that they maximise the potential of TIA’s offering,” says Bridgit Evans, SAB Foundation Manager.


Social Innovation 2016 Award Winners:

Details of the partnership were announced on the back of the annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards and inaugural Disability Empowerment Awards 2016, held in Sandton, Johannesburg, late last night.

LCERT or Low Cost Educational Robotics Toys was announced the R1.2 million first place prize winner in the 6th annual Social Innovation Awards.

LCERT is a low cost educational robotics toy kit designed and developed to provide learners and educators with affordable access to educational resources in their STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) classrooms. The kit consists of smart modules that may be connected to form electronic circuits, as well as programmed using a Visual Programming Interface on a tablet or PC to create robots and other mechatronic systems.

Runner-up in the Social Innovation Awards category is DCP Cable Theft Prevention, awarded R600 000. The innovation is an overhead and underground system which prevents the digging, cutting and pulling of electricity cables, and has successfully been piloted by the Moqhaka Local Municipality in Kroonstad in the Free State.

Joint third place winners with prize money of R400 000 each are MediCube – Smart Lockers and Lower Limb Prosthetic Solution.  MediCube – Smart Lockers manages the cost-effective collection of chronic medication from a pick up point or local health facility. Lower Limb Prosthetic Solution manufactures high quality locally made cost-effective prosthetic socket and blade for lower limb amputees.



Social Innovation Development Awards:

Omniharvester, a fruit picking device that allows users to pick, prune and place fruit from tall trees all in one go – R300 000

Paratrend V1, a double tubed wheelchair frame manufactured used generic components for cost effectiveness – R300 000

The StarLab, a cost effect compact self-contained school mobile science laboratory suitable for rural and township under-resourced primary and secondary schools – R250 000

Social Innovation Seed Grant Award Winners (R150 000 each):

Breast Cancer Therapeutics: next generation therapeutics to treat metastatic breast cancer and works by inhibiting the aromatisation reactions in order to form estrogens that when overexpressed are associated with breast cancer.