On Friday 19 May 2017, the Gauteng Provincial Government launched the Maxum Digital hub at the Wits Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The digital hub was established with the aim to support and assist start-up businesses in the digital industries and foster entrepreneurship amongst the students around Johannesburg.
The Maxum Digital Incubator that was first operationalised in 2016, has recruited fifteen start-up companies predominantly composed of youth and women. Together with WITS University, The Innovation Hub has established a conducive space for nurturing upcoming businesses and entrepreneurs that focus on gaming, animation and virtual reality industries. The housed start-ups, like Black Belt, aim to meet customers’ needs and solve societal challenges through these three digital streams and foster innovative digital projects, resulting in the gaining of experience and exposure for all relevant entrepreneurs.
“Industrial revolution 4.0 is really going to drive the future and we need to prepare our young people” stated Sibanda Mclean, CEO of The Innovation Hub. “Education is moving to something that is more exciting, kids are able to learn while playing video games, for example,” he then added. Newer digital categories like animation, virtual reality and gaming are smaller in size but show the most rapid growth than most traditional industries, if not all.
Lebogang Maile, the Gauteng MEC for the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, and MEC of Gauteng Finance and e-Government, Barbara Creecy officiated the launch with capturing keynote messages full of critical advice for the attendees and entrepreneurs. “Access to information is power and power give us access to economic opportunities”, stated MEC Barbara enthusiastically commending the housed entrepreneurs for choosing this career field.
Exhilaration was predominantly the mood in the atmosphere as countless visions for the Maxum Digital hub were shared, such as Prof Barry of Johannesburg Software Engineering said, “We think this is the seed of what will become Africa’s Silicon Valley.”
With beautiful, driven people, amazing set-up and an incredible initiative from Maxum Connect of Innovation Hub, the launch of the Maxum Digital hub has officially expanded opportunities for the creative industry.
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About The Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd (TIHMC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (“GGDA”) an agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government in South Africa, through its Department of Economic Development (“DED”) and full member of the International Association of Science Parks. In accordance with its vision, TIHMC strives “To be a model science park and the innovation agency of choice for fostering socio-economic development and competitiveness in Gauteng. ”TIHMC” stands as a credible organization that understands and fosters innovation, entrepreneurship as well as effective innovation ecosystems.