NWU, TTIS, About Us

About Technology Transfer


What we do

To effectively transfer NWU technologies to the market to generate benefits for the University, the community and the general public. Our technology transfer team offers a full set of services to ensure effective technology transfer:

  • Intellectual property registration and management 
  • Market & product research
  • Licensing negotiations and management
  • Establishing & mentoring spin-out Companies
  • Start-up Assistance
  • Networking with government & industry
  • Assisting in product development
  • Assist with funding applications
  • Commercial funding applications 
  • Legal Support

What is Technology Transfer?

Technology transfer is the process of transferring scientific inventions & findings from the university to an existing company or new startup company for the purpose of further development and commercialization. The process typically includes:

  • Identifying new technologies
  • Protecting technologies through patents and copyrights

Forming development and commercialization strategies such as marketing and licensing to existing private sector companies or creating new startup companies based on the technology
Universities substantially contribute to the creation of new technologies, new companies, new industries and new jobs.


Why work with us

The North-West University technology transfer office manages the complex process of protecting discoveries that will become products and services. This is done by securing patents, so that a discovery can be licensed and further developed by an existing company or a startup to produce the new product. We also evaluate and exploit all other commercial possibilities available providing researchers and entrepreneurs with advice, support and needed resources.  


Business Support

The NWU/ Innovation Highway Business Support services includes:

  • Idea evaluation
  • Market research
  • Business plan development
  • IP novelty search
  • IP infringement search
  • Registration of patents
  • Registration of trademarks
  • Copyright protection
  • Registration and support of start-up companies
  • Licensing contracts
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • IP negotiations
  • Consultation (per hour fee of our team members)
  • Assisting in product development
  • Assist with funding applications
  • Establishing and mentoring spin-off companies
  • Managing existing licensing agreements
  • Liaising with patent attorneys
  • Organising and conducting workshops for students on entrepreneurship