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S. Africa: Cleantech Innovation competition

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) is inviting start-ups and small-and medium-sized enterprises to apply for the opportunity to showcase their green inventions.

The initiative aims to spur local technology innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste beneficiation, green building and green transportation in support of the country’s national priorities.

“We would like to invite entrepreneurs with new and ground-breaking technology innovations, or who are using existing technologies in unique applications, to submit their entries on our website,” said GCIP-SA national programme manager Gerswynn McKuur.

McKuur further explained that innovations should be at proof-of-concept stage up to pre-commercialisation, demonstrate a feasible concept and product and have the potential to be commercialised. Read more…

Cleantech Innovation Programme

The programme combines an annual competition and a business accelerator programme where SMEs and start-ups are continuously trained, mentored and assessed on their business models, investor pitches, communication and financial skills for the development of a more marketable and investor-attractive product and business.

Participants are also offered the opportunity to connect with potential partners, clients and investors, while participating in showcasing events.

They also stand a chance to win a cash prize and a trip to San Francisco to compete with the best cleantech innovators from eight other GCIP countries.

Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry, the 2016 GCIP-SA winner and owner of the most promising woman-led business, also a runner-up at the Global Forum earlier this month.

“The interest we have received through the GCIP-SA experience from other companies, partners, potential clients and investors has been astounding,” Schoeman said.

Her innovation, a wetland in a box, or aWetbox, is a cost-effective, low-maintenance solution to improve water quality and promote the use and recycling of grey water and water from rainwater harvesting systems.

Global initiative

Applications for the 2017 GCIP-SA competition and accelerator are open from 7 March until 26 April 2017. Read more…

The GCIP-SA is part of a global initiative with the goal of promoting clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs and start-ups.

In South Africa, the programme is jointly implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

US-based Cleantech Open serves as the main knowledge partner of the global programme.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.