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Monday, October 22, 2012

South African Cleantech SME Accelerator Programme 2012/13

Entries for the second annual Cleantech SME Accelerator Programme are now open. The Cleantech Programme was launched last year to identify and provide support and exposure to new innovation clean technologies developed by South African entrepreneurs. 

It is currently managed by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) – a key industrial sustainability programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted by the CSIR.

Tracks and categories
Interested South African Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) are being invited enter their clean technology innovations to the Programme by the closing date ofMonday, 29 October 2012. Submissions can be made in one of two tracks, namely:
1. Break-through Technology Innovations; or
2. Adaptive and Appropriate Technology Innovations.

Essentially this means that the innovation can either be a brand new technology or product, or it can be a unique adaptation of an existing technology. Each of the two tracks includes five categories under which entries can be made. These are:
Renewable energy, including, solar, wind, geo-thermal, biofuels etc;
Energy Efficiency, for example industrial process improvements, lighting systems, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning;
Water Efficiency, covering technologies that support water management, quality and conservation;
Waste Minimisation, where technologies should minimise waste including air emissions, effluent, solid emissions and recycling; and
Materials Efficiency, which focuses on innovations that will minimise material usage and maximise product output.

Process
Closing date for entries: Monday, 29 October 2012
Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel representing business, industry, government and the academic/R&D fraternity. Submissions that meet all criteria will be considered and a maximum of 40 semi-finalists will be selected. Semi-finalists will then be supported through a process of business coaching, including a 2-3 day coaching workshop, to provide assistance with refining of their applications, after which they will submit a revised proposal. 

A second round of adjudication will take place, from which ten finalists (five from each track) will be selected. Each of the ten finalists will present their submission at a high profile awards event in February 2013. The adjudication panel will select one winner and one runner-up in each track.

Awards and prizes
Finalists will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony and the winners and runners up will receive generous cash prizes, media exposure, business support services and market linkage opportunities. Details of the prizes will be posted on the NCPC-SA website and other new media platforms.

Entries and enquiries
The first round requires a simple entry per entry form on the website: www.ncpc.co.za . Closing date for entries is Monday, 29 October 2012. Rules and conditions of entry are also outlined on the NCPC-SA website.
Enquiries: Cleantech@csir.co.za Tel (012) 841 3314 / 2506

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