Making Stellenbosch University Innovation Matter

Innovus is a division of Stellenbosch University that is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation. The Technology Transfer Office manages the University’s innovation and intellectual property portfolio through seeking relevant intellectual protection for the universities intellectual property portfolio such as patenting, trademark, design and other forms of protection. The team is also responsible for the management of the portfolio and the commercialisation of innovation through licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.
US Enterprises (Pty) Ltd  is a fully owned subsidiary of the university and provides the platform for industry interaction through equity holding in the university start-up group of companies. This is a valuable asset for the university.
Through our LaunchLab business incubator, we offer various services to and opportunities for entrepreneurs. Short Courses and Copyright as well as Commercial Services are placed within the Innovus Division.
Our website profiles our impressive portfolio of technologies and provides tools and information for inventors wishing to protect and commercialise their ideas, and investors who want to help turn great ideas into reality through licensing our technologies or investing in our start-ups.
See our Companies and See our Technologies




Patient Guided Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera
Patient Guided Non-Mydriatic Fundus Camera
A nano-biosensor to detect inflammatory molecules in blood with high specificity to diagnose and follow the progression of cancer and other inflammatory diseases
A nano-biosensor to detect inflammatory molecules in blood with high specificity to diagnose and follow the progression of cancer and other inflammatory diseases
Cargo Securing Apparatus
Cargo Securing Apparatus
Power and Water saving sprinkler for agricultural irrigation
Power and Water saving sprinkler for agricultural irrigation
Autophagic Flux Biosensor
Autophagic Flux Biosensor
A natural, biodegradable, anti-microbial plant pathogen control agent (BioPEP)
A natural, biodegradable, anti-microbial plant pathogen control agent (BioPEP)
A Biofiltration System
A Biofiltration System
Value added chemicals from Lignin
Value added chemicals from Lignin
Natural Gas Storage Facility
Natural Gas Storage Facility

Our Spin-out Companies

CUSTOS Technologies (Pty) Ltd
African Sun Media Group
Sharksafe Barriers (Pty) Ltd
Maties Gymnasium
Phagoflux (Pty) Ltd
Immobazyme (Pty) Ltd
Green X Engineering (Pty) Ltd
AI Coaching (Pty) Ltd
Factory209 (Pty) Ltd
TerraClim (Pty) Ltd
FluoroBiotech (Pty) Ltd
Cybarete (Pty) Ltd

Our Impact

146 Ideas Developed (2019-2022)
43 Provisional patents (2019-2022)
27 PCT applications (2019-2022)
96 Licenses (since 2019)
30 Spin-out Companies (2014-2022)
307 Number of Employees in our group of companies (2021)

Latest News

Innovus Newsletter 52d Edition
Neelsie Student Centre welcomes 3@1
Gradlinc – a simple solution to South Africa’s graduate unemployment crisis
SU Advantage – Learners can access SU Advantage for only R99 per month
Introducing Instant Startup
Stellenbosch Network : Finalists announced for the ‘Smart Kayamandi’ #IdeasForChange Challenge
Neelsie Cinema opens with a spectacular showcase
Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden launches new specialist gift shop
Ravini Moodley: Ravini’s career path forms the perfect puzzle
Spin-out company in FOCUS : With FluoroBiotech, everything is solvable in nature
Ian van Zyl: If he can’t find the right machine for a job, he builds one
Innovation takes centre stage at Innovus Excellence Awards
Gary Muizenheimer wants to help build a sustainable Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch Network celebrating three years of building bridges
Gradlinc addressing South Africa's graduate unemployment
Stellenbosch Green School
SU receives global recognition for being an Outstanding Entrepreneurial and Engaged University
Forthcoming: The newly revamped Neelsie Cinema
Why doesn’t my coffee machine start brewing a pot when I wake up?
Biocode takes on global Long COVID crisis by sub-licensing novel diagnostic
Coach Vici is ready to conquer the corporate world
SU spinout GreenX secured a R6 million WCED contract
Stellenbosch University spin-out Phagoflux
Innovus celebrates their CEO’s
Hyperion Dev and SU - Bootcamps
Innovus Invention Awards November 2021
Stellenbosch University startup BioCODE receives R7 million second grant from UTF
Axiology Labs and BioCODE
AxioAcademy creating virtual reality
Winner Announced for the Second Annual Stellenbosch Network
AI Coaching Spin-out Company
Are you our next startup CEO?
Leonora Theart
Sara Andreotti
Natalie Roos
WIPO South African Summer School on Intellectual Property & Transfer of Technology
Matie Shop now in the capable hands of Lara Cronje
Candice found her dream job at Innovus
Matie shop goes online from 1 July 2021
CECO in full operation
WEF recognises SharkSafe as a top ocean innovator
SU to issue its first short course e-certificates
Applications in for SU Techpreneurship Centre’s second Data Science and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for 2021
SU spinout company ensures school receives first ever energy efficient certificate in SA
Unistel Medical Laboratories - Video
SharkSafe recognised as a top ocean innovator
Five new spinouts in lockdown for University of Stellenbosch Enterprises
Innovus celebrating brilliant minds at Innovation Awards 2020
Geosmart is spreading its wings as an affordable geospatial solution
Stellenbosch University IdeaSmash Winner for 2020 announced
A new narrative around African entrepreneurism
Countdown 2020 Cohort World-Shaping Companies
SU’s Welgevallen Cellar receives five silver medals in Veritas awards
Innovus staff receive International technology transfer status
Wear your mask, says Stellenbosch University!
SharkSafe win prestigious green award
Madelein Kleyn received international award
Stellenbosch University’s BioCODE first recipient of UTF funding
Stellenbosch University and local biotech company tackle COVID-19 together!
First virtual SU Hackathon sees more than eighty students participate
Stellenbosch University to sell their branded products online at Takealot
Innovus set up four new spinouts during lockdown
SharkSafe Report
Stellenbosch University LaunchLab appoints new CEO
Stellenbosch University’s innovations in Business Insider’s top 10 for past decade
Phenomenal PhenoLAB: A first for SA winemakers
SUNOnline offers short course participants a seamless learning experience
Innovus honours its inventors Celebrating Stellenbosch University’s Researchers achievements
University Technology Fund a First for Africa
From biology to trade marks: finding his dream job
Newly launched Stellenbosch Network aims to bring together innovators, entrepreneurs
Anita Nel Leading the INNOVUS and SUNCOM Team
Riaan Wassung Wins Double Gold
Innovus Annual Entrepreneurship BOOTCAMP
Stellenbosch Network
TIA Funding
Sharksafe Barrier
Virtual reality in battle against disorders
Insects and business
SU plans to expand Innovus within Stellenbosch Smart City
Innovus Newsletter 41st Edition
Have YOU walked Stellenbosch? T-shirt design competition takes a trip down memory lane
Stellenbosch University and LaunchLab start-up engagement
Looking to spin-out your IP from a public institution?
SU and Innovus celebrate four new companies
Spinning out IP from Stellenbosch University, and Why It’s a Big Deal for Innovation in South Africa
Welcome to the family – Noluthando, Joubert and Thandi
HB Thom, meet Adam Small: A New Theatre for a New Era
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp : Invitation
Launch Lab - Maker's Exhibition
Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge
Botanical Garden in Cape Times - Accolade for Varsity Garden
The Retirement of an Icon: Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen

Success Stories

Lockdown 2020: GeoSUN’s
Geosmart is spreading its wings
SharkSafe recognised as a top ocean innovator
Lockdown 2020: GeoSUN’s best year ever
Custos And The IPR Act: A Success Story
How the Smart Water Meter Dropula Works
The new Innovus office at the Tygerberg campus
There's a Bungle in the Jungle – and it's delicious
SensiCardiac: Shazam for South African Hearts


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