GE launches first innovation centre in Africa

General Electric (GE), a US multinational conglomerate, has announced the launch of its first innovation centre in Africa – there are 10 of such centres across the world.

Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the centre, which cost about US$32.7 million to set up, will be an incubator where innovative solutions that will benefit Africans will be hatched.

In the building where the innovation centre is located, there’s a learning and development centre which will expose participants to the various GE curriculums on offer, from its leadership courses to its various “universities” that focus on energy, transport and healthcare.

“We are looking to impact and enhance the career aspirations of over 100 engineers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. These are young people who will come through the centre and share their innovative solutions, whilst learning from some of the best GE minds in their respective fields,” said Jay Ireland, GE Africa president and CEO.

Also, a section has also been allocated for collaborative projects and solution prototyping.

Aside being an incubator (and accelerator of some sort), the centre will be showcasing GE’s various offerings. The centre will be the new HQ for GE Healthcare.

A‘Healthcare Experience Centre’, which showcases GE’s various healthcare technologies across hospital care areas, from the emergency room and theatre to cardiology, oncology and infant care, has been established on site.

Also, the centre will support the development of small businesses capable of supplying the local market and potentially GE’s global supply chains.

The Innovation Centre is located in an accredited green building, located alongside the Killarney Country Club golf course, near Rosebank, in northern Johannesburg.

Although the centre is located in South Africa, it will serve the whole of Africa, where GE currently employs more than 2,600 people.

By launching the innovation centre, GE is reaffirming its long-term commitment to Africa and to finding innovative solutions to Africa’s infrastructure and healthcare problems.

Source: Creamer Media’s

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