Entrepreneurs pursuing the use of green technologies in South Africa will be honoured at the fourth and final year of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) in Pretoria on 3 November 2017.

 

The GCIP South Africa (GCIP-SA) is part of a global initiative that identifies and supports small and medium enterprises and start-ups to provide solutions in the areas of energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency.  The intention is to address the most pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges of our time.

 

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will preside over the awards ceremony.

 

In South Africa, the GCIP is implemented by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an entity of the Department of Science and Technology.  It combines a competition and a business accelerator programme, offering participants extensive mentoring and training, and access to investors.

 

Since its inception in 2014, the GCIP-SA has directly assisted 102 of the most promising clean technology entrepreneurs to de-risk their businesses and prepare their innovations for commercialisation.

 

As from January 2018, the programme will be integrated into TIA, where it will continue to provide support to cleantech enterprises and act as an effective catalyst to boost the probability of their innovations being commercialised, resulting in a meaningful contribution to job creation and the country’s GDP.

 

Globally, this initiative is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with funding from the Global Environment Facility.  In South Africa, UNIDO has partnered with TIA as the execution and hosting institution for the GCIP.

 

The media are invited as follows:

Date:         Friday, 3 November 2017

Time:        17:30 for 18:00

Venue:      CSIR International Convention Centre, South Gate, Meiring Naudé Road, Pretoria

 

RSVP by 17:00 to June Hlongwane on Friday, 3 November 2017, at 079 218 9719 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

For general media enquiries, contact Veronica Mohapeloa at 083 400 5750.

 

For ministerial enquiries, contact Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446.