KRISP at UKZN partner with Stanford University on a global innovation program: SPARK GLOBAL: Translational Scientists without borders. As part of this program we run a monthly meeting (first Wednesday of EVERY MONTH) to discuss innovation, select and mentor start-ups that can produce translational research.

As part of this program, an open meeting to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Durban is held monthly. The Durban SPARK Innovation Breakfast meeting aims to ensure that Durban is in a position to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of rapid advances in technology, such as artificial intelligent, robotics and biotechnology.

Meetings are open and run from 7:30-8:30am on the first Wednesday of the month, with breakfast provided before and after the meeting. The meetings take place at K-RITH Tower Building, 716 Umbilo road, Durban, South Africa.

The program started in February 2018 and it is attended by over 50 advisers ranging from IT experts, chemists, medical doctors, investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs. The meeting is open and we really encourage the participation of the private sector, government and civil society.

Next Meetings – First Wednesday of the month

  • 4th September 2019 – BioDurban vision presentation & Call for projects
  • 2nd October 2019 – Global SPARK Meeting in Australia Highlights
  • 6th November 2019 – Presentation of Projects (see funding SPARK call)
  • 4th December 2019 – Presentation of Projects (see funding SPARK call)

See you at KRISP & BioDurban State-of-the-art facilities at the K-RITH Tower Building, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.