A competition under the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) has now opened applications for 2017. GCIP is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). This is the world’s largest clean technology competition that is simultaneously carried out in seven countries around the world, including Pakistan.
The Cleantech Programme in Pakistan is looking to help entrepreneurs with the best ideas that deal with today’s most imperative energy, environmental and economic challenges. The main aim of this competition is to foster innovations in Renewable energy, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Waste to Energy and Green Building. The cleantech competition is targeting small and medium-sized enterprises and startup companies.
The five winners of the competition in Pakistan will be given prizes ranging from US$ 15,000 to 20,000. They will also be able to take part in the global competition held in the United States during Cleantech Week, and will receive mentoring and training in Silicon Valley.
GCIP provides extensive mentoring and training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase innovations. Through the GCIP Call for Awards, UNIDO aims to provide a reliable and repeatable process that increases the chances of making a cleantech startup successful. Entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to progressively “de-risk” their businesses, with the aim of making them more attractive to prospective investors and customers.
Previously, a Pakistani startup won an award in the “Waste to Energy” category at the global competition in 2016. The startup came up with the idea of using hazardous waste material from industries to build coal like substances called “clay stoves” which can be burned for energy without any harmful carbon emissions.
The deadline to apply for the global competition is May 27, 2017.
To register: https://www.cleantechopen.com/Pakistan