The Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP), a portfolio of high profile innovation competitions, has launched three new contests for researchers and entrepreneurs in the ICT, Green and Medical sectors. Winners of the competitions access specialised incubation services at The Innovation Hub valued at more than R1 million, and cash awards and seed funding of R1.5 million. To get on board:


1.    Enter on the GAP competition website before 13 October 2013

2.    Winners announced at the GAP awards ceremony in December 2013

3.    Incubate and seed fund your startup at The Innovation Hub from January 2014



GAP is an expanded version of what was previously called the Gauteng Innovation Competition and GAP Biosciences programme which, over the past three years, attracted more than 300 entries and invested over R3 million in seed funding and incubation support into 13 startups in the ICT, green economy and biotechnology sectors. The Innovation Hub has launched three new initiatives under the GAP umbrella.


GAP Green | Opens 9 Sept 2013 | Closes 13 October 2013 | Incubation at Climate Innovation Centre and mLab | R750,000 Cash Award and Seed Funding

GAP Green is run in collaboration with the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre, an initiative of The Innovation Hub modeled on the World Bank clean technology incubator programme. It seeks emerging entrepreneurs developing green technology solutions related to energy security, water management, waste and sanitation, sustainable mobility and food security.

Web: www.theinnovationhub.com/gap/green | Email: gapgreen@theinnovationhub.com


GAP ICT | Opens 9 Sept 2013 | Closes 13 October 2013 | Incubation at mLab and Maxum | R750,000 Cash Award and Seed Funding

GAP ICT aims to identify researchers and entrepreneurs working on ICT-based solutions to our country’s biggest challenges, from mobile applications used in classrooms to geo-spatial technologies for environmental and disaster management. GAP ICT is a joint initiative with mLab Southern Africa, a leading mobile applications laboratory also based at The Innovation Hub.

Web: www.theinnovationhub.com/gap/ict | Email: gapict@theinnovationhub.com


GAP Medical | Opens 9 Sept 2013 | Closes 13 October 2013 | Entry to World Innovation Day in Geneva | Incubation at Maxum | R50,000 Cash Award

The GAP Medical: Health Innovation Challenge is run in partnership with the organisers of the World Innovation Day to be held in Geneva in 2014, and is focused on identifying and nurturing health innovations that will contribute to the improvement of health service delivery within public hospitals.

Web: www.theinnovationhub.com/gap/medical | Email: gapmedical@theinnovationhub.com


The Innovation Hub is Africa’s first internationally accredited Science and Technology Park located between the CSIR and University of Pretoria. It is home to the Maxum Business Incubator, mLab Southern Africa, Climate Innovation Centre, Sappi Technology Centre, Bigen Africa and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

The Innovation Hub Management Company (SOC) Ltd Reg No 2000/012801/07 is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, an agency in the Gauteng Department of Economic Development.

Web: www.theinnovationhub.com, Tel.: +27 (0)12 844 0000.

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