GCIP Cleantech Innovation Challenge
The South African Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs was launched in Pretoria during late May 2014, under the GEF-UNIDO Global Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs in promoting clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs start-ups.
The Programme is part of a successful global initiative from the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Jointly hosted by GCIP and the South African Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the initiative aims at enhancing both emerging start-ups and the current approach to business in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste-to-energy and water efficiency.
The launch marks the opening call for applications for the Cleantech “How Green Can You Go?” competition and Accelerator Programme. The competition aims at identifying promising entrepreneurs, whilst the Accelerator Programme supports the participants through extensive mentoring and training on core business-related competencies as well as specific technological, intellectual property and marketing related skills.
One of the biggest advantages of the Programme is the opportunity for participants to network and showcase their technology to industry and the media. Semi-finalists will have a chance to compete for awards valued at R200 000 including a trip to the Cleantech Open Global Forum hosted in Silicon Valley.
General Manager: Energy at TIA Dr Mthombeni indicated that the Programme is not only about the competition but that GCIP couples the participants with relevant experts in the start-up business and Cleantech arena proving encouragement, inspiration and motivation to the emerging enterprises.
The Accelerator Programme will culminate in the National Award Event in October 2014, where finalists, category winners and the National winner will have a chance to showcase their innovation to a large audience.
To gain entry, participants need to ensure that their technology is novel, innovative in the clean technologies arena or incorporates the adaptation of existing clean technologies or existing commercially available technologies for unique applications.
The competition date closes on 30 June 2014 at 23:59 SAST. Find more information on how to apply here.