Call: TIA SMME Seed Fund

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Propella Business Incubator (Pty) Ltd has been contracted by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to implement an SMME Seed Fund, aimed at assisting knowledge economy-based SMMEs in the Eastern Cape to access bridging finance to advance their innovative ideas to market. The monetary value of the grant funding will range from R50 000 (minimum) to R650 000 (maximum) per project. This Proposal Call will be limited to the following sectors: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Circular Economy, Advanced Manufacturing and the Internet of Things (IoT) / Smart City Solutions.

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Call: Entrepreneur of the Year® competition

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Entries are open for the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition that recognises and honours South African entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship with the aim to inspire others to venture into and succeed in the world of business. Entrepreneur of the Year® is about developing the standard of excellence in entrepreneurship all over South Africa. It is about promoting that excellence as the norm and not the exception. It is about promoting entrepreneurship as an honourable and rewarding, yet challenging career. It is about educating entrepreneurs so that they reach that standard of excellence.

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Call: Zayed Future Energy Prize

Deadline: 6 July 2017

The 10th cycle of the Zayed Future Energy Prize is open for entries. Submissions from eligible entrants are invited in the small and medium enterprise, non-profit organisation and global high schools categories, while the large corporation and lifetime achievement categories are open to nominations from the public. This annual award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability.

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Call: Novel Applications for Earth Observation Data

Deadline: 17 July 2017

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and Airbus Defence and Space, has launched an open innovation challenge seeking home-grown and novel uses for earth observation data obtained by satellites. Airbus Defence and Space will offer the top submission access to the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in order to identify future commercial opportunities. The offer will include a site visit to Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. In South Africa, The Innovation Hub will assist the top solution provider with product and business incubation support. Submissions from entrepreneurs, universities and other interested parties are welcome.

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Call: Green Alley Award 2017

Deadline: 25 July 2017

Are you a green start-up or eco-entrepreneur with a brilliant idea in the green and circular economy sector? Then apply now for the Green Alley Award 2017 and become one of Europe’s leading sustainable start-ups. The Green Alley Award is an annual European prize for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy, initiated in 2014 by a group of strong partners in Germany’s entrepreneurial eco-system. The award recognises promising business ideas that contribute to building a circular economy and improving the waste and recycling industry as we know it today. Its aim is to find creative people with innovative ideas about how to turn waste into a sustainable business model.

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