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GAP innovation competitions 2016 now open

The Gauteng Province is looking for small enterprises and research groups that have solutions to the challenges faced by ordinary South Africans. Through The Innovation Hub, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and its partners, innovators are called to enter the Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competitions, closing on 2 June 2016.

GAP is looking for innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs in ICT, medical, biosciences and the green economy that are working on novel ideas 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.

Previous winners have included:

Prof Luke Chimuka and his team from the University of the Witwatersrand with their water based Moringa ingredient extraction technology for Moringa enriched food products.

Desmond Mongwe in the GAP ICT category won in 2014 for MoWallet, a mobile coupon platform for retailers – and his innovation has gone on to win the #HackJozi Challenge last year.

HearScreen, a spin-off from the University of Pretoria, launched its National Hearing Test App, hearZA, with Vodacom in March 2016. The app is designed to detect signs of hearing loss and help sufferers seek help as soon as possible.

Winners of GAP 2016 will share over R2.5 million in seed funding and cash prizes, as well as receive incubation services with technical and business mentors, intellectual property lawyers and access to our network of industry and government partners.

Applications must be submitted through the GAP Web site by 2 June 2016. Information as well as the terms and conditions are available on the Web site too.



The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), previously known as Blue IQ and GEDA, is a merged entity by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED). GGDA is the implementation arm of the GDED and assists the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region.

The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), is Africa's first internationally accredited Science Park and a full member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). It is strategically located in Tshwane, South Africa's executive capital in the ‘smart' province of Gauteng. As the leading knowledge-intensive business cluster in South Africa, The Innovation Hub implements initiatives identified in the Gauteng Innovation Strategy and Green Economy strategy to advance the economic development and growth of the province through innovation. The Innovation Hub has created a unique space for hi-tech entrepreneurs, world-class businesses, academics, researchers and venture capitalists to meet, network and prosper.


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