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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will be celebrating World Intellectual Property (IP) Day under the theme: Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity.

World IP Day is an annual celebration of the role IP plays in stimulating innovation, creativity, and economic...

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Minimum Requirements & Eligibility

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Taking Care of Business (TCB) is a nonprofit social enterprise that equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to unlock their full potential and access the economy.


  • Resell - Equipping unemployed mothers to become successful fashion traders within the circular economy.
  • Repair - Equipping unemployed South Africans to run appliance repair and trading businesses, reducing e-waste.
  • Remake - Equipping seamstresses to run financially viable businesses.
  • Redistribute - Donating merchandise and clothing to nonprofits that support the vulnerable.
  • Reski

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

The Africa IP SME Helpdesk and the South African Companies and Intellectual Property Commission will host a one-day programme for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Supported by the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa and the EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa...

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The Innovation Bridge Portal (IBP), an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation, supported by the Department of Small Business Development South Africa, in partnership with the World Bank Group, Thinkroom and national counterparts in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia will be...

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Qualifying criteria

  • Project needs to be within the Energy sector.
  • Project must be founded, based and operated in Africa. 
  • Project must be ready for market (with prototype already demonstrated).
  • Project must ideally contribute to the goals of a cleaner and decarbonised energy landscape.

The following terms and conditions apply

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The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will be hosting an online event as part of the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day celebrations. The event "SPEED IP with Women in IP will feature the following women in the IP space; 

  • Udi Pillay, Partner in the Trade Mark Department at...
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All projects must:

  • start on or after 1 April 2024
  • end by 31 March 2027
  • help deliver clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, or the Indo-Pacific
  • include a UK registered administrative lead
  • if you are an international organisation, partner with a UK administrative lead
  • involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), from anywhere in the world

Early-stage projects can have costs of £50k-£300k and last 3-12 months.

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