Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for South Africa Entrepreneurs 2018 (Win cash prize and a trip to San Francisco)

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for South Africa Entrepreneurs 2018 (Win cash prize and a trip to San Francisco)

Deadline: May 2, 2018

Applications are open for the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMMEs in SA (GCIP-SA), an annual competition and business accelerator for South African entrepreneurs. The initiative aims to spur local technology innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste beneficiation, green building, and green transportation, in support of the country’s national priorities.

Do you have an innovative clean tech idea that could solve environmental threats and change the lives of South Africans? This is for you! Innovative start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises focusing on cutting-edge and innovative clean-technology solutions have an opportunity to become part of a global network of entrepreneurs and contribute to a clean and sustainable future.

About the Programme

Each year the GCIP-SA combines an annual competition and a business accelerator programme where SMEs and start-ups are continuously trained, mentored and assessed on their business models, investor pitches, communication and financial skills for the development of a more marketable and investor-attractive product and business. Participants are also offered the opportunity to connect with potential partners, clients and investors, participate in showcasing events and have a chance to win a cash prize and a trip to San Francisco to compete with the best cleantech innovators from seven other GCIP countries.

The GCIP-SA is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). In South Africa UNIDO has partnered with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as the execution and hosting institution for the GCIP, while the US-based Cleantech Open serves as the main knowledge partner of the global programme.


The programme culminates in the annual gala and awards event, where the winner and two runners-up are announced. Winners are also announced in the following categories:

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

In addition to a cash prize and business support, the winning SMME or start-up also gets an opportunity participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum in California, USA to join a network of investors and potential partners and compete with winners from other GCIP countries.


Entrepreneurs with new and ground-breaking technology innovations, or those who are using existing technologies in unique applications are invited to submit their entries.


Apply through the official website below.

For more information, visit Global Cleantech Innovation Programme.