Enroll in Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs (GEP) Training at The University of Dar es Salaam for free
The University of Dar es Salaam Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (UDIEC) was established in 2015 with the aim of addressing observed challenges in knowledge generation and research at the University of Dar es Salaam, especially regarding the application of knowledge and research outcomes.
Additionally, the Centre seeks to tackle challenges related to imparting practical entrepreneurship skills to students, academic staff, and Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the country, ultimately aiming to foster the creation of new start-ups and enhance the competitiveness of existing companies.
UDIEC’s mission extends University-wide, providing cross-cutting services, including business, legal, and management skills, to all University Units, spanning various disciplines such as sciences and engineering. This aligns with the vision of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) for 2061, which prioritizes maintaining its leadership in knowledge creation and sharing.
Services Offered by UDIEC to Industries and SMEs include:
- Business plan development.
- Technology assessment and its economics, including product marketing.
- Advertising and marketing.
- Management and financial advisory.
- Business counseling, coaching, and mentorship.
- Process machinery specifications, design, and selection.
- Identification of machinery suppliers.
- Evaluation of existing manufacturing industries for improved productivity.
The Mandates and Functions of DIEN (Dar es Salaam Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network) are as follows:
- Utilize research outputs, technologies, processes, approaches, and products from various Colleges, Schools, and Institutes within the University of Dar es Salaam and other research and development institutions in the country to contribute significantly to the creation of new economic activities.
- Establish mechanisms that enable academic staff, graduates, and individuals to transform their research outputs and business ideas into commercial ventures.
- Develop a proper licensing system, including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regulations, to promote effective commercialization of research outputs and incentivize innovation by Research and Development Institutions.
- Enhance entrepreneurship knowledge, skills, and competencies among academic staff, students, and business professionals, creating opportunities for self-employment and startup businesses.
- Identify new markets based on research, thereby fostering new enterprises in priority areas that can have a positive impact on the socio-economic development of the country, including diversifying rural economies.
- Attract investment in innovation and the commercialization of research results by establishing funding mechanisms like the Product Development Fund, while expanding the scope and size of risk capital in the country.
- Collaborate with experts in innovation and technology transfer worldwide to nurture innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights, and technology evaluation.
- Forge partnerships with local, regional, and international industries to facilitate regular exchange and communication, ensuring that research outputs are demand-driven and responsive to industry and market needs.
- Provide incubation services across all sectors of the economy.
- Deliver Business support services.
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