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Your Launchpad for Transforming Concepts into Creative Solutions

UVU Africa (previously known as Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative) sees enormous potential in biotechnology as a technology that is able to do good and make a positive impact on people’s lives. There has been positive nascent activity in biotech around the African continent, but not many of the ideas or products are coming to fruition in a commercial sense and from a perspective of being able to take it to market or to scale.

UVU Bio, established by UVU Africa in 2019, is a specialised biotech incubator that provides African entrepreneurs a platform where science, business and investment can come together.

At UVU Bio, we will help to produce industries of the future in South Africa and Africa, by creating a bridge between research and commercialisation of ideas based on the application of technology to broad biological sciences.

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Purpose

Develop “Tech for Good” in a meaningful & sustainable manner that will positively impact the lives of people living in Africa.

Produce industries of the future by creating a bridge between research and commercialisation through access to shared lab space, business support, mentorship and community.

Catalyse the ecosystem by unlocking the potential of the biotech industry through collaboration and community-building for researchers, academia, innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, ideators & established biotech CEOs.

Become the premier partner in Africa for biotechnology incubation and acceleration.

Vision

Our vision at UVU Bio is to create a thriving biotechnology industry in Africa, and to produce world-class companies in the industry which leverage Africa’s unique potential.

Mission

Our mission is to catalyse scientific innovations from ideation to commercialisation for the benefit of society and the environment by fostering collaboration, both locally and internationally. To provide a cost-effective entry point for Entrepreneurs to access lab space, incubation and experienced business mentorship and support.

Values

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Commitment to science for the better

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Collaboration not competition

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Diverse team and opinions make for better solutions

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Have the courage to execute on bold ideas

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Execution is as important as ideation

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On the lookout for untapped potential

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Fiona Tabraham

Fiona Tabraham is a strategic workforce development expert with a career founded on a resolute commitment to inclusivity, talent nurturing, and societal impact. Chief Executive of CAPACITI Digital Career Accelerator, Fiona’s passion for equity has charted pathways across numerous organisations, guiding bespoke Talent Initiatives, Future Leadership Development Programs, and transformative Career Pathway Development. Her tenure at Network Rail bore inclusive talent strategies, STEM advocacy, and innovative Graduate, Apprentice, and Internship initiatives. A trusted partner to a number of governmental, corporate and impact driven entities, Fiona empowers individuals and organisations, fostering diverse recruitment practices and innovative talent strategies. Fiona’s impact transcends the tech sector, positioning her as a leading voice for inclusive digital career initiatives.