South Africa
Township Economy

The GAP Innovation Competition in collaboration with Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Emory University Business School, Atlanta Georgia, and Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (Tasez) is looking for innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs that are working on novel technologies that will improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the local economy and enhance the quality of life of ordinary citizens. Categories are in the ICT, Medical, Biosciences, Green and Township economy.

Register for the Business Basics Workshop which will entail vital orientation and preparation for your GAP application.

Click below to apply in your preferred category. 


GAP Medical 

GAP Biosciences 

GAP Green 

GAP Township 

Full description


  • The GAP Innovation Competition is open to all South African citizens or permanent residents (individuals, teams and start-ups).
  • Winners of the GAP competition will be incubated at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, Gauteng (Maxum, BioPark or Climate Innovation Centre).
  • The GATE Innovation Competition is open to individuals, small teams and business entities operating from Gauteng townships or have solutions for township economy.
  • Winners of the GATE competition will be incubated at the selected eKasiLabs around the Gauteng province.
  • Entries must have potential for broad social impact in Gauteng, through the creation of jobs, enhancing service delivery by government, or improving citizens’ lives.
  • Entries to GAP/GATE should be beyond proof of concept or at prototype stage or tried at a small scale, or have demonstrated commercial feasibility, but may not be commercially available prior to the awarding of prizes.
  • Entries from established businesses must not have a turnover of R5 million or more in the last financial year.
Closing date
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