The OpenIX is an initiative of The Innovation Hub (TIH). TIH hosts Challenges, identified by public and private sector organisations. TIH defines a challenge as “… a specific business problem defined by a solution seeker that articulates the problem, key specifications and the desired results of a potential solution.” Challenges are issued and suitable solution providers are invited to provide potential solutions through a facilitated process within a specified timeframe. This process provides opportunities for SME to participate in the supply chains of large companies and public sector entities, in addition to resulting in innovative solutions to challenges issued.

To find out more about this programme and its current challenges, and to respond to challenges issues, please visit the OpenIX webpage.

Connect + Solve

The East London Industrial Development Zone launched Connect + Solve, the Eastern Cape’s first regional Open Innovation Solution Exchange platform. Connect + Solve’s main objectives are to stimulate economic growth, while improving the quality of life through better linkages and connections between organisations, academia, government institutes and Science and technology communities. This initiative also seeks to eliminate barriers to innovation for small medium sized enterprises and also aims to promote and showcase regional talents, technologies and inventions.

To find out more, please visit the Connect + Solve webpage.