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Wits to offer innovation, start-up training

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Wits University, in conjunction with MIT Sloan School of Management, has opened applications for teams interested in participating in the MIT Global Start-up Labs Programme.

Taking place at Tshimologong, Wits University’s digital innovation precinct from 24 June to 29 July, this intensive programme will provide opportunities for participants to learn and experience the process of innovating and building a technology start-up.

JCSE director and Tshimologong founder, Professor Barry Dwolatzky, says that applicants need to exhibit a sense of cohesion, drive, and creativity.

“We are looking for teams of three to five people who either already have a start-up idea, or are in the nascent stages of pursuing it already. This is a fantastic opportunity to boost entrepreneurship and technology, which is vital to the development of our local economy.”

He says that, through the MIT curriculum, classes will cover how to create a business model and how to develop an app. Each team is required to have at least one technical team member that can code or develop app wireframes.

To be accepted into the programme each team member must complete one application. Once accepted, each team will receive an email confirming their acceptance. Entries close on 24 May and all successful teams will be notified by 9 June 2017.