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Making innovation and entrepreneurship matter at Stellenbosch University

Elena Galán-Muros
A picture of the fields in Stellenbosch with the mountain range in the back

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our case study series – a dynamic exploration into the world of evidence-based practices and their real-world applications within the realm of higher education.

At UIIN, we believe in the transformative power of innovation and entrepreneurship at universities. Our commitment to fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration amongst our community is at the heart of everything we do.

Our extensive case study series draws from a rich tapestry of research projects, gleaned insights from the latest best practices presented at our sector-famous annual conferences, and contributions from thought-leaders within our community. Each case study is a testament to our dedication to supporting and advancing innovative and entrepreneurial universities all over the world. As we embark on this journey, we are excited to share a curated collection of best practices that encapsulate the depth and breadth of the expertise you can find at UIIN and throughout our community.

The standout South African case: Stellenbosch University

Our first featured case study is a glimpse into the array of stories we will be sharing throughout the year, which traverse continents, disciplines, and practices that define the future of higher education—starting in sunny Stellenbosch.

Here, we travel to South Africa to learn more about Stellenbosch University (SU) and their mission to become Africa’s leading research-intensive institution. With a focus on excellence, inclusivity, and innovation, they are dedicated to advancing knowledge in service to society.

We explore how SU is overcoming the challenges in scaling-up entrepreneurship across the institution and how they are supporting academic entrepreneurs while nurturing a dynamic entrepreneurial culture through initiatives such as LaunchLab, the University Technology Fund and Stellenbosch Network.

Download the full case study to discover how SU has become a powerhouse of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Ready for more?

Would you like to exchange knowledge and experiences about the challenges and opportunities in university-industry engagement in the South African context? Register now for the UIIN South Africa Forum: University-Industry Engagement for Innovation and Impact in Johannesburg in April 2024.

If you want to develop your entrepreneurial skillset to advance innovation at your institution, check out our series of upcoming professional development courses to dive in.


This case study is based on the 2022 UIIN Conference submission by Anita Nel, Chief Director: Innovation and Commercialisation at Stellenbosch University.

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