Each accelerator identifies the most promising entrepreneurs in the participating country and unites a diverse range of local partners with the sole objective of accelerating and supporting the best cleantech ventures in each category. How?
Applications are taken from 9 March 2017 through to 26 April 2017. Applications are to be completed online, apply here to enter the accelerator. A Competition Entry Questionnaire provides an example of the details that the application process requires to complete.
After the call for applications closed on 26 April 2017, all applications received will be screened and evaluated (first round of judging) by 2-22 May 2017. Team Leaders may receive requests for additional information during this period in order to improve the applications at their best. It is the team leader’s responsibility to respond to these requests in a timely manner.
Team Leaders will be notified on their application status and will receive feedback, as soon as the First Round of Judging is completed. By being selected as a Semi-Finalist Entrepreneur, you will be on your way to creating a successful and sustainable cleantech business.
The Semi-Finalist Entrepreneur will be welcomed during the National Academy. The National Academy will be in the form of an Event and the Participating Team will be introduced to the details of the programme and to other entrepreneurs that will participate in the 2017 GCIP.
Online seminars (Webinars)
Starting in June and running through to September, webinars will be conducted, delving deeper into the information and tools you need to build or refine your business model, marketing planning and investor pitch abilities. All Participant Team members are urged to attend the webinars as it will improve the company’s probability of success through exposure of all members to internationally proven business models and expertise.
During the month of July you and your team will have the opportunity to meet personally on a one-on-one basis, with subject matter experts in each area of the business model. This will help to improve and to fine-tune your business pitch. During these one-on-one sessions you will be able to get your questions answered, receive tips, and review your worksheets.
In addition to the webinars and the business clinics, when you are selected to participate in the Programme and you are announced as a Semi-Finalist, you will be eligible to request a Specialist Mentor to help you in specific areas of your business planning, where you believe you require expert advice and assistance. As additional support and to truly help you to accelerate your entrepreneurial skills, the GCIP Team will assign a Generalist Mentors to guide and engage with you throughout the Programme.
The Mock Judging will provide real-time feedback to help you refine your pitch and presentation in preparation for Round 2 judging in 6-8 September 2017. This is not a required activity but highly recommended.
The Mock Judging will take place in collaboration with THE 10TH INNOVATION SUMMIT on 6-8 September 2017. The GCIP semi-finalists will have an opportunity to participate in the SA Innovation Summit Pitching Den, to receive critical feedback from a well-round panel of judges. The semi-finalists will also be able to network with a wider audience.
Deadline, Wednesday, 21 September by 11:59pm South Africa Standard Time*
Final versions of the business worksheets must be submitted by Wednesday, 28 September 2017 by 11:59pm, South Africa Standard Time. These worksheets will be reviewed by the judges you will be presenting to at the Regional Judging.
Round 2 judging will be conducted in each region. In this round you will present to the judges that will select the Finalist Teams and the winner for the national Grand Prize.
You will present 10 slides maximum (plus cover slides) and up to 5 additional slides with supporting information in Microsoft PowerPoint™.
Your team will be provided a presentation slot by your regional judging chair.
You must be available to present in person. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Each team will have 10 minutes to present in front of a judging panel followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.
The National Gala Event is the culmination of the year’s Programme. You will have opportunities to showcase, meet prospective investors, and present to a live audience.
All teams that have been selected as Finalists are required to attend and to exhibit.
One Finalist Team will be announced as the national winner.
It does not end with the National Gala event. Every Participant Team that participates in the whole accelerator program automatically becomes a GCIP alumnus. You will be provided ongoing opportunities to present at public events and to the press, helped to build connections with investors, be invited to additional training, and offered an opportunity for continued mentoring.
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