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GCIP Awards laud SMEs, start-ups in the green space

GCIP Awards laud SMEs, start-ups in the green space

Oct 20, 2015

Johannesburg, 20 October 2015: The 2015 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs (GCIP) in South Africa hosted the annual Awards Ceremony which was held at a gala dinner at the CSIR International Convention Centre recently.

Hosts GCIP South Africa proudly acknowledged the inventive work of selected small businesses and start-ups that have crafted environmental and technological innovations that can have a significant impact in South Africa.

The event was opened by the CEO of Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Barlow Manilal. TIA primarily funds and nurtures South Africa’s technology innovations to support the creation of new industries, create sustainable jobs and improve quality of lives. “TIA’s partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in this initiative has demonstrated thought leadership by anticipating the relevance of the Cleantech sector and its potential economic and social impact in South Africa and indeed Africa”, explains Manilal.

“Enabling dynamic SMEs in developing countries and emerging economies to fully access national and global markets is crucial for job creation, women’s empowerment, innovation, and overall economic development” said Gerswynn Mckuur, National Programme Manager for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa.

The Minister of Science & Technology, Naledi Pandor highlighted that “Since 2010 TIA has supported more than 8,130 small and medium enterprises in accelerating technical innovation through technology development. The impact of the support to SMEs has resulted in significant improvement in technical skills, product quality, productivity, cost-savings, energy efficiency, waste management and most important of all employment creation”.

First place was awarded to Khaya Power, showcasing their unique Micro-Gasifier Stove design that gasifies the solid fuel used and then burns it like a gas fire. The emissions meet the highest standards for stoves and are safe to use indoors.

The Runner-up awards were presented to Carbotect, which is a colour-based diagnostic aid used to verify the quality and safety of liquid consumer products; and to Green Tower, which has developed a patented Hybrid Solar Heat Pump for Domestic Hot Water, using energy and water efficiently.

Special Categories were also awarded:

The Most Promising Youth Led business award was presented to Solar Veranda, whereas The Best Women Led business in the programme was won by the ZingCO Electric Vehicle Project. Zuka received the accolade for Innovation for Social Impact for their product which employs vermicomposting biotechnology that helps nourish the soil.

“This process has showcased an innovative nation. Innovation adds momentum to the structural economic change that is needed for economic growth, job creation and an improved quality of life for us all.” Minister Naledi Pandor

The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) programme is jointly implemented by TIA and UNIDO and is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF). UNIDO co-ordinates the programme in six other developing countries simultaneously in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey.

The GCIP-SA is a national programme that aims to identify, foster and connect promising start-ups and small and medium-size enterprises that can address South Africa’s urgent energy, water, environmental and economic challenges.

To see the full list of finalists and their technologies, please visit

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