Proof of Conceptgrants withinGhana Climate Innovation Centre’s Incubation Programmeaim to facilitate product development, prototyping, testing and/or piloting of a product or service to enable the entrepreneur to prove that the idea/business model is viable in a technical and commercial sense; and the proposed technologies or business models to be funded under POC must demonstrate potential positive impact to environment and community through mitigation or adaptation to identified climate challenges.

Through an open, competitive pitching process, entrepreneurs within a specific cohort can pitch for POC grants.POC grants will only be provided to applicants with clearly defined results arising from activities funded by the POC grant.

Over the tenure of the project, i.e. until 2021, GCIC is tasked to incubate 100 entrepreneurs.During this period, a total of $1.1million is available for POC grants for up to 50 entrepreneurs within the incubator.In general, up to $22, 000 of POC grant will be available to each successful entrepreneur.

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CLOSEDJan 30, 2018Deadline
Up to $22,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept
Created inGhana
Implemented in:
Focus Areas
This funding opportunity is only accessible after being accepted into thetoGhana Climate Innovation Centre’s Incubation Programme.

The GCIC supports entrepreneurs and new ventures in Ghana involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. To be eligible to apply to the GCIC, the business should fall into one of the following 5 sub sectors:
-Energy Efficiency---Ghana’s power sector continues to face difficulties in closing its supply shortfall; energy efficiency solutions provide an immediate step to fixing this problem, and could save the country millions annually.Main applications:Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Transmission & Distribution, Clean Cook Stoves and Fuels
-Domestic Waste Management---Increasing population with its resultant increased waste production in Ghana has outpaced the country’s capacity for effective waste management. Innovative solutions to domestic waste management can bridge this capacity gap and lead to cleaner environments and healthier citizens.Main applications: Recycling, E-Waste Management, Biogas Generation, Biomass Power
-Water Management and Purification---With a population of 27 million, about 23 million of Ghana’s people do not have access to improved sanitation, and 3 million do not have access to safe drinking water. Solutions to this challenge could greatly reduce related diseases and mortality.Main applications:Waste Water Treatment, Portable Water, Water Use Efficiency, Waste Water Recycling, Desalination, Rain Water Harvesting, Efficient Irrigation
-Climate Smart Agriculture---Despite the abundance of resources for agriculture production, Ghana remains a net importer of food with dated production methods and inefficient value chains. Climate adaptation solutions to agriculture will improve production and increase the resiliency of especially small farmers to climate change.Main applications:New Resilient Crops/Seeds, Water/Energy Efficient Agri-Machinery/Equipment, Water/Energy Efficient Irrigation Systems, Climate Friendly/Energy Efficient Food Processing, Bio Pesticides & Fertilizers, Agricultural Waste Management
-Solar Energy---Solar as a resource is abundant throughout Ghana. With up to 3000hrs of sunshine per annum, solar solutions could effectively supplement on-grid solutions and offer new opportunities to off-grid populations.Main applications:Offgrid/Distributed Solar PV, Solar PV MW, Concentrated Solar PV MW, Solar Thermal MW, Solar Thin Film, Solar IT

Other Requirements

OtherApplications will be evaluated on the level of impact (to environment, community and women as users of the technology) and business potential. The most preferred businesses are those with a High business potential and High impact. High impact but Low business potential businesses may also be considered. However, Low impact businesses will generally not be considered.

Application Directions

The selection process has three stages, starting with an Expression of Interest, Stages of Assessment, Concluding with a full one-to-one presentation to the GCIC Cohort Selection Panel.This is a highly competitive program.

Application And Awards Process

Expression of Interest – Prospective client will complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by clicking on APPLY.These EOIs are reviewed periodically to determine strategic fit within the scope of the Ghana CIC. Successful applicants from this phase will be progressed to the full application step. The next review of EOIs will commence in January 2018.

Full Application – A full application can only be completed once the Ghana CIC has reviewed the Expression of Interest form and confirmed that it is appropriate to move to this stage. The applicant will be directed to complete an application. The application is to be completed within a week and submitted for appraisal. The appraisal process will involve a forum where the prospect will have the opportunity to discuss in detail his/her product or service. GCIC will also carry out a comprehensive due diligence of the entrepreneur during the appraisal process

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