Posted on June 15th, 2020
As of June 1, 2020, Dr. Justen Manasa of SPARK Zimbabwe was appointed the University of Zimbabwe Innovation Hub Manager.
Dr. Manasa said, “In this role I am managing a recently constructed multidisciplinary tech development space composed of almost 5000sqm of lab space. In this space, I serve as a project manager, technology manager, mentor for young innovators from the University of Zimbabwe. I manage teams with various innovations that have potential commercial value and work with them towards commercialisation. Once they are ready my team helps them to form start ups or identifies other mechanisms for them to benefit from their innovations.”
“Though this is a very exciting new position, it’s a quite challenging as I have to develop systems from scratch. I find myself borrowing from the SPARK concept of actively promoting Academic Industry collaborations a lot. I hope this opportunity will enable me to make a much more significant contribution towards addressing some of the problems we are facing in Zimbabwe.”
Congratulations Dr. Manasa!