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  Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP). Managed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), GCIP aims to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in cleantech across emerging markets and developing economies. This initiative is pivotal in tackling climate challenges and advancing sustainable development.
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GCIP focuses on supporting startups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with pioneering cleantech concepts, aiding them in establishing and scaling robust business models. Additionally, the program enhances entrepreneurship ecosystems and fosters partnerships between public and private entities to ensure enduring impact.
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Targeted Participants

The 2024 Global Cleantech Innovation Program targets early-stage startups and SMEs engaged in innovative cleantech solutions, spanning areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste management, water conservation, sustainable buildings, transportation, advanced materials, and green chemistry. GCIP also extends its support to national government bodies, research institutions, industry associations, and other stakeholders involved in promoting cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship.
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  • Assistance designed for SMEs, including startups led by women
  • Access to training, mentoring, and networking opportunities
  • Facilitation of funding avenues for participating startups
  • Support in bringing cleantech solutions to the market
  • Potential for substantial CO2 emissions reduction
Applications for the program will remain open until July 14, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit HERE.
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This article was first published on 10th July 2024


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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