“The future of Africa is bright. Innovation, and not aid, is the answer.”

Sibanda Legacy is a platform established in 2020 by McLean Sibanda for sharing experiences and knowledge on intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, and other pertinent topics relevant for the economic development of Africa, as a contribution to the betterment of humanity. The platform also provides an on-line store to order McLean’s book to be released in 2021 in bookstores in SADC and ebook on Amazon and other on-line stores.

“The future of Africa is bright. Innovation, and not aid, is the answer.”

Sibanda Legacy is a platform established in 2020 by McLean Sibanda for sharing experiences and knowledge on intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, and other pertinent topics relevant for the economic development of Africa, as a contribution to the betterment of humanity. The platform also provides an on-line store to order McLean’s book to be released in 2021 in bookstores in SADC and ebook on Amazon and other on-line stores.

Footprints

Book launch – FOOTPRINTS

Footprints is a captivating story about intellectual property (IP). It speaks to its role in society, trade, industry, and economy and expounds on the actual meaning of IP. The book lays a solid foundation for innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, and nations to realise their full potential through IP policy, legislation, use and practices.

McLean Sibanda shares his personal story, and stories and testimonies of fellow travellers, taking us through their journey into the field of IP. He meticulously recounts South Africa’s path in transforming the management of IP emanating from publicly financed research and development (R&D), development of critical human capital and other infrastructure to ensure effective IP commercialisation and technology transfer.

Footprints is a timely masterpiece given the IP issues in Africa’s scramble for vaccines, and implementation of the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

 

The book provides strategies of how African countries can use IP and innovation to develop industries to ensure health security, and trading of goods that can benefit from the AfCFTA.

Narrated through a series of significant moments, Footprints demonstrates the importance of vision, solid foundation, collaboration, champions, and intentional steps for economic transformation. With glimpses into how countries such as China and Korea used IP to develop their economies, this book makes a compelling case for embracing IP, increased R&D investment, relevant human capital, and appropriate use of IP, in development of new products and services necessary for knowledge-based and industrialised economies.

Footprints is a must-read for any academic, aspiring intellectual property scholar, policy maker, economist, development activist, entrepreneur, researcher, innovator, professional, and technology transfer specialists.

Dr McLean Sibanda is an engineer and admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa who became South Africa’s first black African patent attorney in 2003. As an authority on intellectual property and innovation matters, he has consulted to WIPO, SADC, AU, and several governments in Africa. He was CEO of The Innovation Hub and is currently Managing Director of Bigen Global Limited.

Footprints

About the Author

Dr McLean Sibanda is an accomplished C-suite executive, patent attorney, engineer and internationally respected innovation and intellectual property promoter with a 25-year career in engineering, infrastructure, intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, and related fields. He is an avid believer that entrepreneurship is about building the future, and his humble beginnings provided a sound foundation for his passion for entrepreneurship.

Dr McLean Sibanda is an accomplished C-suite executive, patent attorney, engineer and internationally respected innovation and intellectual property promoter with a 25-year career in engineering, infrastructure, intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, and related fields. He is an avid believer that entrepreneurship is about building the future, and his humble beginnings provided a sound foundation for his passion for entrepreneurship.

NUTS & BOLTS

“I would like to acknowledge and appreciate McLean Sibanda for putting this book together which will serve as a practitioners guide to anyone interested in supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship space in Africa and indeed beyond, taking an ecosystem approach. As a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) official who has had the privilege of working in the space of innovation and entrepreneurship over the last 7 years in 2 of the continent’s hotbeds of innovation, namely, South Africa and Kenya, home of MPESA, I can attest to the relevance of McLean’s lived experience in nurturing and promoting innovation in Africa.”

Mr. Walid Badawi
UNDP Kenya Resident Representative

“A good understanding of what innovation really means for the economic development of cities, regions and countries, of the social and cultural importance of entrepreneurship and of the challenges that start-ups have to overcome to succeed (and the success of start-ups is the success of their communities), is a necessary condition for designing the right public policies, elaborating the right strategies for the modern ecosystems and managing the zones and spaces where such policies will be implemented.”

Luis Sanz
President of IASP Advisory Council
Former IASP CEO

TV Interviews

Television interviews with McLean Sibanda

Book Review SABC News

TV Interview | SABC Morning Live
6th February 2021

RADIO/PODCASTS

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

CHAI -FM Podcast
16th August 2021

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

anchor.fm | Podcast
8th July 2021

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

Berggren Live
8th January 2021

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

Wellness for Entrepreneurs
21th February 2021

David Watts:
Watts Involved
25th February 2021

Cliff Central
8th February 2021

Joburg Today TV
1 February 2020

blog

Global Innovation Index (2021) Rankings – African Countries Decline Compared to Previous Years

Global Innovation Index (2021) Rankings – African Countries Decline Compared to Previous Years

Annually, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a United Nations specialised agency together with Cornell University and INSEAD, publish the Global Innovation Index (GII). The GII is a ranking of countries based on 81 indicators (in 2021) compiled under seven pillars in two sub-indices - the Innovation Input Sub-Index and the Innovation Output Sub-Index, as shown below.
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Competitions to Kick-start Your Business

Competitions to Kick-start Your Business

In the last 2 Blogs, Plugging the Start-up Funding Gap in South Africa,[1] and Five Things Funders Consider when Funding a Start-up,[2] the focus has been on funding for entrepreneurial ventures of a risky type, in essence start-ups. This edition will focus on continuing the conversation with a spot light on the role of innovation competitions in attracting funds to support the building of a start-up.
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Five Things Funders Consider when Funding a Start-up

Five Things Funders Consider when Funding a Start-up

In the last Blog article “Plugging the Start-up Funding Gap in South Africa, and in my recently published book Nuts & Bolts, I highlight that Eric Ries defines a start-up as a very risky venture operating under conditions of extreme uncertainty to validate a business model.
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Plugging the Start-up Funding Gap in South Africa

Plugging the Start-up Funding Gap in South Africa

In my book Nuts & Bolts, I highlight that one of the things that every entrepreneur lists in their top five challenges with their start-up at one point or another, is access to funding to develop their business’ underlying concept. I go further to categorically state that South Africa does not have a lack of funding problem for start-ups and innovation in general. Rather, South Africa has a management problem in terms of how the available funding is spread out across the innovation value chain and consequently, the processes of distributing the available funding.
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MAGAZINES

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

Wits Review
Page 74| April 2021

Interviews

Interviews with McLean Sibanda

Book Review SABC News

Book Review | NUTS & BOLTS by McLean Sibanda

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

#Books​ on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

Startup Grind Johannesburg hosts McLean Sibanda

Interview with Mclean Sibanda, CEO of The Innovation Hub

McLean Sibanda on what SA can learn from India’s digital space

Future CEOs – Mclean Sibanda: CEO of the Innovation Hub

Articles & Reports

Universities need to align and partner with existing incubators

Tribute to late mother after graduating PhD

2019 IPM Business Leader of the Year

Economics of Intellectual Property SA

IP Management and the Commercialization of Public Funds

The State of Patenting in SA

 Enabling intellectual property and innovation systems

EVENTS

Book Review SABC News

Webinar with University of Johannesburg
23rd February 2021

 

#Books  on Point I Nuts & Bolts by Dr McLean Sibanda

Polity Interview

Book Launch University of Johannesburg

An in-depth Q&A with Dr McLean Sibanda at Fast Company’s MIC 2021

contact us

For more information regarding Sibanda Legacy or should you have any questions please contact us.

 

Tel:+27 83 378 0230
Email: info@sibandalegacy.africa

 

speaking from experience… 

Our experience at The Innovation Hub was that entrepreneurs with innovative ideas could spend anything from 12-24 months being pushed from pillar to post by funding agencies, and most failed to access funding at the end of that tussle.