Seda Technology Programme (STP)
Seda Technology Programme (Stp) is a division of seda (Small Enterprise Development Agency) focusing on technology business incubation, quality & standards and technology transfer services & support to small enterprises.
Stp seeks to stimulate economic growth and development through facilitating technological innovation increasing the accessibility to, and utilisation of technology and technical support for small enterprises, whilst at the same time improving the sustainability and international competitiveness of small enterprises supported through the programme. Stp, as a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), is therefore responsible for the provision of both financial and non-financial technology transfer, business incubation and quality support services for the small enterprise.
Technology Transfer Unit
Stp provides a range of services that assist small enterprises, particularly
enterprises in the 2nd economy, to access and acquire technology. “2nd economy’’,
as defined by stp, broadly refers to small enterprises (registered or not registered) that are marginalised with respect to all or most of the following:
- Access to funds;
- Access to markets;
- Limited business skills;
- Limited technical know-how; and
- Access to appropriate technology.
The Technology Transfer Unit (TTU) of stp has two main objectives, namely:
- 1. To provide technology transfer services to small enterprises; and
- 2. To provide specific technology support to women-owned enterprises.
The latter objective focuses on the provision of technology transfer services and support to women-owned enterprises (>50% woman ownership), while both objectives are aimed at providing funding for small enterprises to acquire the necessary technology and technical support for effective technology transfer transactions. stp offers financial assistance in the form of a non-repayable grant up to a maximum of R600 000 per project.
The following are the categories that are eligible to qualify for Technology Transfer Fund (TTF):
- Design, formulation, materials and methods transfer, including design improvement and optimisation;
- Know-how, knowledge, skills and expertise transfer, including training and mentoring related to the technology being transferred;
- Designs, equipment, systems, machinery and tooling directly related to the product and process technology being transferred;
- The know-how, knowledge, skills and expertise required to operate and maintain the equipment, systems and machinery, including training and mentoring related to the technology being transferred;
- Expert labour costs regarding the technology, where such costs do not exceed 20% of the total approved TTF funding provided by stp;
- Intellectual Property payments (e.g. Licensing Agreements) and expertise transfer payments to enable the TTF transaction.
- Travelling and subsistence claims relating to the technology transfer transactions, subject to Adjudication Panel’s prior approval;
- Legal and expert resource expenses regarding the negotiations, agreement and transfer of the technology;
- Business training, development and mentoring; and
- General business services, e.g. equipment, machines, facilities or processes that are utilised to provide repairs, examinations, overhauls, support or assistance in some form or other, as well as specialised equipment, machines or processes are utilised to provide support for manufacturing, mining, agro-processing or service enterprises.
Technology transfer items that will not be funded by the TTF:
- Research and development of technology;
- Franchise agreements;
- Cost pertaining to the other party – licensee or licensor;
- Annual patent renewal;
- Ongoing license fees;
- Business systems unrelated to the manufacturing technology;
- Marketing and market feasibility studies;
- Buildings, roads, vehicles or major civil works;
- High-voltage supply, main water supply or major supplies;
- Business services such as retailing, sales, personal care, cleaning, legal, financial and all types of consulting activities; and
- All costs not directly related to the acquisition of technology.