UK South Africa -Tech Hub Plastics Innovation & Circularity Challenge 2023

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Application Deadline: January 17, 2023

With the support of the UK South Africa -Tech Hub, an initiative of the UK Government, [email protected], and OceanHub Africa are calling for innovative solutions to address plastic issues in South Africa.

Eligibility

  • Your startup is contributing to plastic circularity
  • You are an incorporated for-profit and operate in South Africa ?
  • You are a scalable service or product currently or soon to be available on the market
  • Your product or service is clearly innovative and/or your business model is disruptive
  • You are looking to grow your economic, social, and environmental impact

Requirements

…If you are based in South Africa, and have developed an innovative business/technological solution to problem plastics, such as:

  • Technologies/systems to increase the rate of plastic collection
  • Technologies/behavior change to facilitate the separation of waste after use or at the source
  • A solution to better manage low-value plastics (single-use plastics, multi-layered packaging) through reuse and recycling
  • Digital technology to address plastic pollution (e.g. behaviour change, reduction of the use of plastics, collection/sorting, recycling, tracking system)
  • And any other innovation that could stop the leakage of plastic into the ocean
  • A prototype of any of the above, which you are ready to test.

Benefits

As the winning finalist of the plastic innovation and circularity challenge you will:

  • Be awarded R175 000 to further develop your innovation and business
  • Be featured on the partners’ websites and their social media channels
  • Have a chance to pitch in front of investors and other stakeholders during the leading African event on ocean-impact innovation, Ocean Innovation Africa Summit,
  • Automatically secure admission in OceanHub Africa’s 2023-2024 cohort, 1st Pan-African accelerator program designed to support blue entrepreneurs

Access prototyping and testing facilities at the V&A Waterfront (if suitable).

As the runner-up of the plastics innovation and circularity challenge you will:

  • Be awarded R25 000 to further develop your innovation and business
  • Be featured on the partners’ websites and their social media channels
  • Have a chance to pitch in front of investors and other stakeholders during the leading African event on ocean-impact innovation, Ocean Innovation Africa Summit,
  • Automatically secure admission in OceanHub Africa’s 2023-2024 cohort, 1st Pan-African accelerator program designed to support blue entrepreneurs

Access prototyping and testing facilities at the V&A Waterfront (if suitable).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UK South Africa -Tech Hub Plastics Innovation & Circularity Challenge 2023

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