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Last call for innovative Green Business Ideas

Last call for innovative Green Business Ideas

May 4, 2015

Cleantech SME Accelerator Programme is calling all high-energy, wickedly-smart entrepreneurs executing brilliant and innovative ‘Green Business ideas’ not to forget to submit their ground-breaking technology/product by 15 May to the 2015 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA).

In October 2015 the National winner will be announced at a Gala Award Event where all finalists will have the chance to exhibit their innovation and network with partners and investors.

The Cleantech Programme was launched to find and provide support and exposure for new ground breaking clean technologies developed by South African entrepreneurs. Entries opened on 16 March 2015.

Hosts, GCIP South Africa, proudly acknowledge the inventive work of small businesses and start-ups who have worked tirelessly towards improving environmental and technological innovation in South Africa through this accelerator programme.

“Innovation can either be a brand new technology or product, or it can be a unique adaptation of an existing technology. This year students can also enter as long as they have proof of concept,” says, Claudia Giacovelli, Energy and Low Carbon Programme Coordinator United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

“Enabling dynamic SMEs to fully access national and global markets is crucial for job creation, women’s empowerment, innovation, and overall economic development and if this year’s applications are anything like last year’s there are going to be some very innovative and exciting ideas being showcased at this event,” she says.

There are four categories: Renewable Energy; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Waste Beneficiation.

“Entrepreneurs and SME’s must enter as a team (a minimum of two people) and show a high level of commitment,” says Giacovelli.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNIDO and  Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in South Africa are implementing the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs to promote clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs and start-ups working on solutions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency.

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