Ca­pa­city Strength­en­ing in Tech­no­logy Trans­fer and Com­mer­cial­iz­a­tion of Uni­versity In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty

This DAAD-funded project helps the Kenyan and Rwandan partner universities to improve their technology transfer strategies and the commercialization of university intellectual property.  The goal is to build strong links with industry and help university staff bring their innovations and research results to market by creating start-ups. An entrepreneurial mindset and in-depth knowledge of the legal and institutional framework are taught.

Project duration
2021 - 2024
Project sponsor
Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Work­shop at Kenyatta Uni­versity

On September 21, a successful month for the project TT-CUIP came to a close with a training for lecturers and researchers of various disciplines at Kenyatta University.

Among the topics discussed were: What is applied research and how can it be realized? How can research be conducted in collaboration with industry partners? How can teaching become more practice oriented and how can students be involved in applied research projects?

Pro­ject De­scrip­tion

Pro­ject de­scrip­tion

This project aims to contribute to improve technology transfer and commercialization of university intellectual property at two partner universities in Kenya and Rwanda in order to foster economic development in East Africa. Universities should create an environment conducive of innovation and entrepreneurship, to allow research results, technology and university intellectual property to be transferred to the industry. This will eventually lead to sustainable economic growth, competitiveness, and the response to many social challenges in East Africa, such as youth unemployment.

Even though Kenya and Rwanda have adopted policies, legal and institutional frameworks favorable to science, technology and innovation, there is still a negligible number of start-ups and enterprises arising out of university graduates and staff, as well as a small number of innovation cooperations between industry and universities. To address this gap, university management staff and researchers must be made aware of technology transfer strategies and university intellectual property management in order to establish strong links to the industry and to support members of the universities to bring their innovations and research results to the market by launching start-ups. An entrepreneurial mindset as well as profound training in the legal and institutional frameworks are needed.

The project TT-CUIP aims at the following objectives:
  • Establishment of a North-South-South network between Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU), Kenyatta University (KU) and University of Rwanda (UR), centering around the topics of technology transfer, intellectual property, innovation management and university-industry linkages
  • Improve UR’s and KU’s processes and didactic approaches around innovation creation, technology transfer, and intellectual property in order to generate more technology transfer contracts as well as start-ups and spin-offs arising out of university research and intellectual property
  • Innovation and entrepreneurial mindset are integrated into KU’s and UR’s teaching curricula through the Train-the-Trainer-multiplier effect
The objectives will be reached through the following activities:
  • Training of patent drafters
  • Benchmarking visits to Germany: job-shadowing, field trips to incubation centres, companies and other relevant institutions
  • Train-the-Trainer workshops:
    1. technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property
    2. transfer-oriented teaching and curricula design

HNU Pro­ject team

Professor Dr. Thomas Bayer

Pro­ject leader Pro­fessor Dr. Thomas Bayer

Professor with focus on International Management

Director Africa Institute

Project Manager StartupSÜD

Phone: +49 731 /9762-1471

Location: Edisonallee 7, E7.1.09

To profile of Professor Dr. Thomas Bayer