Staff members and students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Malawi University of Science and Technology on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 participated in presentations under the Start-Up Grind initiative.
Start-Up Grind is an international initiatives aimed at supporting upcoming entrepreneurs with knowledge, ideas and linking them to seasoned businesspersons and capital ventures.
According to Start-Up Grind coordinator in Malawi, Anganile Ngwira, the visit to Malawi was inspired by the university’s interest in entrepreneurship. Among others, MUST has postgraduate programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship with all undergraduate students taking a compulsory module in entrepreneurship.
During the event, MUST Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata delivered a keynote address focusing on what the university is doing in areas of entrepreneurship.
“We are one university that brings in being run as an enterprise. That is why we have programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship and all our students take a compulsory module on entrepreneurship. Even in our strategic plan, issues of applying technology and innovation in entrepreneurship are prioritised,” said Professor Malata.
Among others, she said the university has set up a technology transfer office, business and innovation incubation, and industrial research centre to ensure that it supports the country in the development of the small and medium enterprises.
Also present as guest speaker during the event was Zoona Malawi managing director Killy Kanjo who shared her experiences in entrepreneurship by urging aspiring participants to be resilient and focus on realising their goal, no matter the challenges.