SAN FRANCISCO, 19 November 2015 - The Cleantech Open Global Forum today celebrated the top teams of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in San Francisco.
The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme is a joint initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Cleantech Open.
The GCIP takes a competition and accelerator approach to select the best cleantech entrepreneurs across six countries and support them to develop their innovative technologies into full-fledged market-ready products.
The 2015 National Winners of each country were selected from a total of 186 companies participating across the GCIP accelerators in Armenia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, and were given the opportunity to compete for the GCIP Global Prize in Silicon Valley, USA.
This year’s global winner, Khaya Power of South Africa, has developed a solution for communities without grid power; the FAABulous Cookstove gasifies biomass to generate heat and power, providing a replacement for dangerous paraffin stoves, charcoal stoves and open, wood-burning fires.
The 2015 Global GCIP Runner-up was Positive Energy of Turkey, which has developed a scalable, cloud-based Energy Operating System for commercial buildings that provides actionable intelligence and continuous optimization aimed at increasing savings while improving asset performance.
The GCIP leverages the power of entrepreneurship to address our most challenging energy, environmental and economic problems. GCIP brings together the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups with resources in developing countries. By enhancing emerging cleantech startups and bolstering the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and policy framework, the programme delivers both environmental benefits and economic vitality.
Selected startups in each country participate in a rigorous and competitive national acceleration programme that trains, mentors, promotes, and connects them to potential investors, customers and partners.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Energy Branch, UNIDO