Foster School of Innovation (FSI) is the education and training initiative of IDEA2MARKET Innovation – a foundation with working towards innovating Africa through the deployment of home-grown technological innovations. Innovation can make a difference in addressing urgent developmental challenges in Africa and drive the continent towards achieving the Africa Unions 2063 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. As Africa pursues the transformation agenda, there is urgent need to bridge the knowledge and capacity gap that exists in many countries and sector for the successful commercialisation of innovations. Many African countries have long recognized the need to re-orientate national science, technology and innovation policies to serve developmental needs effectively and coherently.
The mission of FSI is to combine teaching, applied research, technology transfer and commercialization of technologies made in Africa for Africa. To achieve this, FSI provides an innovative, idea-centered, experiential and networked program which through active coordination between universities, research institutions, technical and vocational institutions and private sector to develop and deliver learning solutions for Africa’s innovators.
What makes FSI Different
The technological challenges facing African countries require fundamental changes in the way teaching and learning is implemented.
Learners are young African individuals and start-ups with creative ideas and innovative technologies that have industry or market potential and to develop appropriate skills and competences to commercialize them
Focus on technological innovation and transfer. The novelty of this approach is that the focus of the training is on technology development and transfer rather than on the entrepreneur. In this role, the individual innovators may become entrepreneurs or the technology may be transferred/licenced to a third party or through different forms of collaborative arrangements.
Create a learning ecosystem with private sector, venture capital and other financing agencies, government agencies incubators and technology accelerators and the private sector. This approach will allow for students to develop practical all-round skills
Competence-based practical, hands-on training using experiential learning. Use applied peer to peer learning (learning circles) in different regions of the continent.