Applications Open for Global Cleantech Innovation Programme!

Deadline: 2 May 2018

Applications are open for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA) with an aim to address the most pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges of their time through promoting clean technology innovation and supporting Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups.

Focus Areas

  • energy efficiency,
  • renewable energy,
  • waste beneficiation (including e-waste),
  • water efficiency and green buildings,
  • green transportation
  • environmental protection (air, sea & land)


  • Women Team Award – formerly Most Promising Woman-led Business
  • Youth Team Award – formerly Most Promising Youth-led Business
  • Innovation for Social Impact

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a start-up company, typically less than 3 years in existence but not yet profitable OR an established SMME as defined by the Small Business Act (No. 102, 1996).
  • Demonstrate exclusive ownership of Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Be a two person team, minimum
    • At least one team member must be a South African resident, citizen, or legal alien (proof needs to be provided).
    • Applicant may form a brand new team in order to apply to the Programme, and applicant do not need to have a registered company in order to apply. However, a South African legal entity (corporation, Pty (Ltd), or similar) must be created prior to receiving any prizes and any such legal entity must have an ownership structure typical of an independent start-up/SMME.
    • Applicant must have a physical address in South Africa, and their team or company must have activities, such as sales, marketing, research and development, or administration, based in South Africa.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: South Africa

For more information, please visit Global Cleantech Innovation Programme.

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