2015 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (Cash Awards & Fully Funded Trip to Silicon Valley, USA)

Application Deadline: May 15 2015

The GEF (Global Environment Facility), UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and TIA (the Technology Innovation Agency) in South Africa are implementing the GCIP (Global Cleantech Innovation Programme) 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.

The programme combines a competition and a business accelerator to offer participants progressing through the programme extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase their innovations to the media and the public.


Participants stand a chance to win a cash award and national business support awards, in addition to a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, to participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum.
Who should Apply?

  • Innovative startups and small and medium-sized enterprises focused on commercialization of cutting-edge and innovative clean technology solutions (a start-up company is typically less than 3 years in existence but not yet profitable and an established SME as defined by the Small Business Act (No. 102, 1996)
  • A two person team at a minimum and at least one team member must be a South African resident, citizen, or legal alien.
  • Technology innovation should support mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through:
    Energy Efficiency
    Watter Efficiency
    Renewable Energy
    Waste Beneficiation
  • Technology Innovation should be: new, ground breaking clean technology, incorporate adaption of existing clean technologies or use commercially available technologies for unique applications
  • Technology Innovation has protectable Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Technology Innovation should support improvements in profitability and/ or competitiveness
  • Technology development must be at proof of concept stage up to pre-commercialization
  • Submitted application must demonstrate a feasible concept and product
  • Potential for commercialization has been identified

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme


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