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The DVC-ARI Prof. Anthony Mshandete opened the Final Business Plan competition at NM-AIST.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Research and Innovation Professor Anthony Mshandete has called on researchers and scholars to compete their research and innovations so that they can become competitive products and services for the East African Community (EAC) market.

Professor Mshandete said this on March 3, 2023 in Arusha when he opened the Final Business Plan competition involving four groups of students and researchers within the Institution. The competition was coordinated by School of Business Studies and Humanities (BuSH) under the sponsorship of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and The Washington State University of the United States.

"This competition is important in motivating researchers and institutions to produce research that meets the standards that will enter into the market to empower young people and compete in the East African market” said Professor Mshandete.

He added that the participants should use this opportunity, in providing researches that bring positive results into solving the different challenges facing the society.

Privanus Katinhila one of the Judges has congratulated the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology for coordinating the competition in the industry, business and investment and urge the businessmen of Arusha City, to use the Institution as a platform to learn and grab various opportunities available including research and innovation to improve their quality and add value of their products.

The first winners in this competition are Clarence Rubaka, Happiness Mkumbo, Angela Aluko, and Kelvin Makuki with a commercial idea for integrated narophotonics for tb detection and elimination, who won a prize of three million shillings and got an opportunity to a two-week training at Washington State University in the United States. The second winner got two million shillings, and the third winner got one million shillings.

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