Transforming Africa's most promising university research into its most inspiring startups
Africa's #1 university
University research can become products that shape the lives of people around the world. We serve as the commercial partner that deep technical experts need in order to transform their intellectual property into high impact, scalable startups
University Technology Fund
The UTF is a venture fund specifically focused on commercialising technology, intellectual property, and research originating from South African Universities. The UTF bridges the gap between technology ideation, research, and intellectual property development and the commercialisation thereof. It aims to catalyse and commercialise the technology transfer industry in South Africa for the benefit of all South Africans.
SU LaunchLab is the Preferred Partner of the UTF for its pre-seed, seed, series seed and series A investments.
Technology originating at an African university
One or more full time employees
Are you eligible?
Incorporated spinout company
Commercially viable technology
is to transform inspiring research into products that can shape the world.
Commercializing university technology is difficult. Searching for the path to market can be arduous. Straddling the worlds of research and business can feel overwhelming.
That's why we created two programs that meet you where you are right now and provides us with a starting point for our co-building journey. We walk the path with dedicated founders focusing on business, product & entrepreneur development.
Early-stage tech transfer projects
Pre-Seed, Seed, Series Seed, Pre-Series A tech transfer spinouts