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The CSIR Advanced Agriculture and Food cluster invites Expression of Interest from potential entrepreneurs in the Limpopo province for participation, as operators or potential primary producers, in the planned agro-processing hub in the province.  

The hub is an Anglo American initiative aimed at creating a lasting positive legacy by developing host communities, where the mining firm has operated for years.  

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I'M IN Accelerator is calling for black women-owned startups to apply for cohort 4. 

I'M IN Accelerator's mission is to produce a pipeline of investment-ready startups for follow-on capital, commercial opportunities, and market growth for the ecosystem.

Programme Features 

  • R1,5 million in pre-seed capital;

  • Business growth mentorship;

  • Technology improvement support and commercialisation enablement; and 

  • Access to markets and follow-on investment

Click here to apply.

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The Botswana Innovation Fund, under the Grand Challenges Botswana initiative in partnership with African Academy of Sciences - Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) is calling on developers and creatives to participate in the open innovation challenge on space applications for Agriculture and Tourism.

Click here to complete the application form.

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Are you part of a small and growing eco-inclusive enterprise that continues to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your target markets?

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally-led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. 

SEED Award Winners and Runners-up are eligible for participation in the Accelerator and Catalyser programmes, respectively. 

Click here for the call document. 

Click here to create a SEED account and start your application.

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Are you interested in data science? Can you hack data and produce innovations? Do you want to be part of ground-breaking innovations?

NEMISA will be hosting a virtual Data Science Hackathon in all Provinces from 26-28 February 2021; 

  • North West - Mahikeng Digital Innovation Hub;
  • Northern Cape – Sol Plaatje University;
  • KwaZulu Natal – Innovate Durban;
  • Gauteng – University of Johannesburg;
  • Western Cape – OpenUp;
  • Eastern Cape – The Cortex Hub;
  • Mpumalanga – University of Mpumalanga;
  • Limpopo – University of Limpopo and;
  • Free State – Mirae Robotics and Automation Solutions

Click here for more information.

Click here to register your team for the hackathon. 

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Are you a 4IR Startup? Have you been in operation for 3-7 years? Are you a company developing Smart City technologies and/or innovative solutions? Do you have a pilot-ready solution for a challenge faced by the city?

The City of Johannesburg’s Smart City Office invites you to submit proposals for smart city innovative solutions for challenges faced by the city such as; 

  • Safety against gender-based violence - The City seeks solutions that give greater protection for women and children (e.g. panic buttons, wearable alarms amongst other solutions) and ways to improve reporting and identifying GBV incidents, facilitating reporting and developing faster response mechanisms.
  • Economic Development & Township Economy - The city seeks innovative DIGITAL approaches to expanding market access for township SMEs as well as diversifying business sectors prevalent in poorer communities.
  • 4IR Readiness for smart citizens - The City seeks low tech solutions related to how to gear our resident youth up for their 4IR future.
  • Institutional operations and management - The City seeks to use automation to improve local government efficiencies (e.g.
    Robotic Process automation or similar technology). 
  • Predictive analytics to improve asset management - The City seek ways to use advanced data analytic stools to help us predict when infrastructure may fail which will allow the City to forward plan and budget accordingly, whilst eliminating or minimising disruption to service.
  • Energy efficiency - The City’s seeks ways to limit the amount of electricity theft that causes financial loses and damages the City’s power infrastructure resulting in power outages.

Solutions scope

Solutions should accelerate service delivery, improve the liveability and safety of the City and enhance operational efficiencies; 

  • Accelerate service delivery solutions are those that accelerate the speeding which the City is able to deliver services to its residents as well as improve the quality, availability and accessibility.
  • Enhance operational efficiencies solutions are those that will enable City employees to operate more efficient administratively and to extract the greatest value out of their dedicated time.
  • Improve city liveability & safety solutions are those that help improve the quality of life in the City by reducing vulnerability, improving security, and upholding standards of human dignity. These are solutions that may additionally enable the city citizens to be entrepreneurial and find new ways to sustain themselves.

Click here to download the challenge information document. 

Click here for the application form 

Important dates:

Application Dateline: 02 March 2021 

Briefing Session: 08 February 2021 @14h00 on Microsoft Teams(Click here to RSVP for the briefing session).

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The Long-term Europe-Africa Partnership on Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE) programme invites participants to submit collaborative research and innovation projects proposals on renewable energy. 

LEAP-RE is structured around three Pillars: Pillar1, the focus of this call, comprises the implementation of transnational proposals for research, innovation and capacity building, funded by national/regional funding agencies and by the European Commission; Pillar2, is a cluster of individual R&I and capacity building projects implemented by members of the consortium, whilst Pillar3 focuses on program management and the design of a long term AU – EU strategic partnership on renewable energy.

Call documents; 

Click here to register and submit a proposal.