The Seda Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII), a business and tech incubator, has announced the launch of a new technology research and development (R&D) centre, located on-site at its Newton Park technology office business park in Port Elizabeth.
The R&D Lab will offer assistance and support to creatives, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in PE to design and develop apps, software solutions, as well as electronic and mechanical device prototypes.
In particular, the SNII R&D Lab will allow users of the service and facility to develop new technology solutions and own the intellectual property and patents on what they develop.
The main advantages of the R&D Lab is the rapid rendering of technology ideas and concepts into concrete solutions with major cost- and time-saving benefits. This will help SNII incubator clients and technology entrepreneurs to get new products, services and solutions to the market much faster.
Developers will work closely with and under the direction and supervision of tech entrepreneurs and SNII incubator clients to produce cutting-edge, technology-based products, services and solutions.
“This is a giant step forward for sustainable SMME development in the ICT sector in Nelson Mandela Bay. If you have always dreamed of a new app or had an idea for a technology product or service, the R&D Lab will help to develop a concept into something concrete,” said Scott Zambonini, Enterprise Development Manager at SNII.
He added, “The facility will not only empower private and public sector organisations who require technological innovation to remain at the forefront, but will also help SMME’s, tech start-ups, entrepreneurs and clients enrolled on our incubation programmes to take their ideas to a more concrete phase of development.”
The SNII R&D Lab will improve technological innovation in sectors of Nelson Mandela Bay’s regional economy, including automotive, manufacturing agro-processing, renewable energy and green technology and mari-time economy sectors.
SNII R&D Lab will also offer the private sector a way to invest, support and show a return in BBBEE enterprise development and skills development spend.
“Through the SNII R&D Lab, corporates and development agencies will be able to allocate financial and non-financial resources to deserving entrepreneurs and high-potential enterprises,” said Zambonini.
The SNII R&D Lab forms part of SNII’s technology infrastructure support service to clients enrolled in the centre’s incubation programme and for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Nelson Mandela Bay.