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The Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutrition Security (CREATES – FNS) shared knowledge and skills to 77 innovators and entrepreneurs through a two–week ideation to commercialization training. The training aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills to transform their business ideas, innovations, and start-ups into successful, commercially viable business ventures.

The training was held on 7th – 16th March 2022 at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM –AIST) Conference hall, Arusha region.

During the closing ceremony of training, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Planning, Finance and Administration Prof. Charles Lugomela explained that the aim of the NM -AIST is to train and develop the next generation of African scientists and engineers to profoundly impact the continent’s development through the application of Science, Engineering, and Technology and Innovation (SETI).

“Outreach and community engagement is one of our core values at NM-AIST; we believe education is the greatest weapon to fight against poverty” Said Prof. Lugomela.

He added that outreach and community engagement activities, gives room to share scientific knowledge, inventions, and skills with the community,

The CREATES-FNS Centre Leader Prof. Hulda Shaidi Swai urged trainees to treasure the knowledge they acquired from the training by making their ideas into commercialization.

She added that the CREATES-FNS approach is to bridge knowledge and technology, educate society, and help scientists and graduates incubators commercialize their ideas.

Speaking on behalf of other trainees, Ms Joylin Kombe thanked CREATES-FNS for impactful knowledge through ideation to Commercialization training and pleaded with them to conduct more training to reach more innovators and entrepreneurs within the society.

Ideation to commercialization training provided trainees with the ability to recognize commercial opportunities, self-esteem, knowledge and skills to act on them.