VIENNA, 14 March 2014 – A training course with a focus on promoting innovations in SMEs, prepared under a Global Cleantech Programme, a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), ended in Vienna today.
The three-day course, conducted by experts from Cleantech Open, USA, brought together 16 representatives from eight Cleantech projects. It was designed to accelerate Cleantech ventures, entrepreneurial training, corporate engagement and connect entrepreneurs with investment. It will also help enhance cooperation between countries and prepare for the launch of the National Cleantech Competitions in 2014.
Participants learned about best practice models adopted in the Silicon Valley, and looked at ways to expand South-South cooperation.
The GEF UNIDO Global Cleantech Programme for SMEs focuses on enhancing emerging clean technology start-ups in participating countries, as well as promoting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and policy framework. First implemented in South Africa, the programme now has projects in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey and South Africa, with further projects under development in the Russian Federation and Thailand.
The Cleantech Programme employs an ecosystem approach to identify the most promising entrepreneurs working in the field of clean energy technologies and systems. A local business acceleration programme supports, promotes and “de-risks” the participating enterprises and connects them to potential investors, customers, and partners.
As the best cleantech start-ups progress through the Cleantech Platform, they are continuously trained, mentored and assessed. The best start-ups from each country are then brought together for the finals of the Global Competition, where they can compete for the Global Prize as well as connect with potential partners, customers and investors from around the world.
For more information, please see The GEF UNIDO Global Cleantech Programme for SME