2017 Semifinalist Teams along with our 2017 Mentors and the GCIP-SA Team with Curriculum Director for GCIP Global.
Pretoria, South Africa – 25 semi-finalist teams were announced for the 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA). The 25 talented teams selected represent innovative clean-technology solutions and form part of a global network of innovation to help forge a clean and sustainable future. Five teams were selected in energy efficiency category, five teams in renewable energy category, three teams in water efficiency category, six teams in waste beneficiation category and five teams in the green building category.
The Semi-finalists met one another for the first time at a National Academy which was held in Pretoria from 12 – 14 June 2017, in collaboration with Sustainability Week. They also met the GCIP-SA project management team and Mr Paul deGive, director of training and mentoring for the global GCIP programme, who introduced them to the DeBarsy 20-element business development model ©. The teams were also exposed to expert presentations on key topics such as IP protection, Product Development, and the Funding Landscape in SA.
Keep up with our website and social media channels to follow our Semi-finalist teams’ journeys over the next four months as they develop their business models under guidance of our volunteer Mentors. The Finalists for the 2017 programme will be announced on 19 October 2017, and the overall winner and category winners at a high-level gala and awards event on 2 November 2017.
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, green buildings, renewable energy, Transportation, 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.
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