A Pakistani startup has won an award in the “Waste to Energy” category at a global competition for innovators of clean technology. The competition was held in Silicon Valley on 9th February, 2017 during Cleantech Week in San Francisco. Innovators and entrepreneurs from seven countries including India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey took part in the event.
The Global Category winner, “The Green Team” uses 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 annual competition is held as part of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for small and medium sized enterprises and top entrepreneurs across the US and around the world to promote the progress of clean technology innovations. The GCIP is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The event takes a competition and accelerator approach to select the best cleantech entrepreneurs and support them in developing their innovative technologies into market-ready products. UNIDO chose five teams from Pakistan to attend the event. The selected startups in each country were connected with potential customers, investors and partners while training and mentoring them.
“The continued expansion of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme family affirms and strengthens our vision of building an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for clean technologies around the globe,” said Philippe R. Scholtès, UNIDO Managing Director, who congratulated the participants via a video message. This will allow the programme to further unite and connect a diverse range of partners to accelerate clean technology ventures, that they may achieve their greatest potential impact.”
Currently, the GCIP is running in six countries, and is partnered with The CleanTech Open, the biggest cleantech accelerator in the United States of America. According to the programme’s website, in Pakistan it focuses on fostering emerging and commercially viable clean technology startups to fuel green industrial growth in the country.
Last year, SSUETIANS, a team from Pakistan were the GCIP national winners, along with Neutrinos of Malaysia and NG Biotech of Turkey.