Midlands State University’s (MSU) Student Development Office has this October embarked on a massive marketing drive of the Vice-chancellor’s Innovation Challenge across University campuses to encourage and incentivise students to be both innovative and entrepreneurial.
The Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Challenge is an annual initiative that recognises and honours innovative students who can demonstrate exceptional creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Students across the institution’s faculties will submit proposals for either the business innovation or applied research innovations category, where the best innovators will win prize money, mentorship support from leading businesspeople, and incubation and support of their innovations.
Successful students will also learn crucial soft skills and business development skills through the mentorship programme.
This year’s edition of the MSU Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Challenge
As part of efforts to raise awareness and encourage students to participate in the Challenge, which is running under the theme ‘Innovation for Industrialisation’ the Student Development Office began its University-wide campaign at the Gweru Campus from 12 to 13 November before proceeding to the Zvishavane Campus from 14 to 15 November, before finally taking the campaign to the Harare from the 17th to the 22nd of November 2021.
“These outreach campaigns are meant to sell this idea to students. We are in the callout stage which started on the 28th of September and this window will close on the 28th of October 2021. In this callout stage, we are going to all our campuses to market the challenge, engage with students and encourage their buy-in,” said Mr Wellington Ilunga, the University’s Student Development Officer.
The Innovation Challenge is open to all MSU students from across all faculties under the various modes of study. The Challenge was born out of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development’s Education 5.0 initiative that seeks among other things to promote innovation, industrialisation and commercialisation in institutions of higher learning.

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