February 17, 2016

Finnish concept takes new innovation culture to Namibia

Demola engages university students to develop new products and services for the needs of companies, schools or other players in projects lasting a few months.
Demola engages university students to develop new products and services for the needs of companies, schools or other players in projects lasting a few months.
Riitta Supperi/Keksi/Team Finland

The Demola concept based on cross-sectoral networking, which was developed in Tampere, Finland, is expanding to Africa.

Demola engages university students to develop new products and services for the needs of companies, schools or other players in projects lasting a few months. The news was reported by Yle.

The Demola network has signed a co-operation agreement with Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science & Technology (NCRST). Starting next summer, Namibian students will have the opportunity to develop local companies and solve their challenges.

“This is fantastic. It opens the way for us to Africa, and I don’t believe Namibia will be Demola’s last conquest on the continent,” the founder of the Demola network Ville Kairamo told Yle.

According to Demola, Namibian companies have been eager to participate in developing Africa’s own Demola.

“Young people will learn a completely new innovation culture through Demola. That will benefit the whole of Namibian society, the corporate arena and the academic world,” says NCRST’s CEO Dr. Eino Mvula.

In the Finnish Demola network, student groups have looked into, among other things, whether the long queues in banks could be cut down by mobile services or how games could be used to teach children safety. The problems that need solving come directly from companies or schools. The students receive credits for their work and the customer can, if they wish to, buy the finished product from the students.

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