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Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) for SMEs & Startups in Pakistan

Awards Ceremony – GCIP Pakistan 2016

Awards Ceremony – GCIP Pakistan 2016
1. Background

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of United
Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and
environmental sustainability. The mandate of UNIDO is to promote and accelerate inclusive and
sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.

Within this context, in 2011, the Government of South Africa, with the support of the Global
Environmental Facility (GEF) and UNIDO, successfully implemented the ‘Greening the COP17’ project.
One of the four components of the project focused on the design and implementation of the first
South Africa Clean Technology Competition for green entrepreneurs and small and medium-size
enterprises (SMEs) with innovative ideas and concepts in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable
energy and green building practices. This competition was a great success as it drew the interest of
policy makers and private sector and uniquely interlinked the issues of employment, green growth,
and the role of science and innovation in the area of clean technologies.

Building on this success, and on the lessons learned, the GEF and UNIDO have agreed to develop a
global flagship programme to promote Cleantech innovations and Cleantech entrepreneurs around
the world. This is in line with the GEF Council’s Revised Strategy for Enhancing Engagement with the
Private Sector, Modality 3, namely “SME Competition Pilot: Encouraging Entrepreneurs and
Innovators,” which provides support to entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to establish commercial
ventures in clean technologies.

Given the significance and contribution of small businesses to the promotion of job creation and
overall economic development of Pakistan, UNIDO has developed a GEF funded Cleantech Programme
for SMEs and Startups in Pakistan, emphasizing the promotion of innovations in clean technologies.
Supported by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), National Productivity
Organization (NPO), and Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM), the project was approved by the
GEF Secretariat in September 2013.
2. Concept – GCIP Pakistan
The 'Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs and Start-ups' seeks to promote clean energy
technology innovations through a cross-sectoral and multi-tiered approach that combines
strengthening of the national technology innovation policy framework with institutional strengthening
so as to build a sustainable “ecosystem” for innovative entrepreneurship in small businesses. The
project focuses on fostering emerging clean energy technology start-ups in Pakistan, enhancing
engagement with the private sector, scaling up the momentum for sustainable development and
strengthening the policy framework as required.

The project also employs a competition-based ecosystem approach to identify the most promising
entrepreneurs across the country. A local business acceleration programme supports, promotes and
“de-risks” the participating companies and connects them to potential investors, customers, and

An integral part of this project is strengthening the institutional infrastructure and capacity of local
implementing partners, which are mainly government agencies, focused on fostering cleantech
innovations. One of the components of the said programme is a global competition aimed at
promotion of Innovations in the area of Clean Technologies.

This competition is simultaneously been carried out now in twelve countries around the world, the
main aim of this competition is to foster innovations in Renewable energy, Energy Efficiency, Water
Efficiency, Waste to Energy and Green Building. The target market of Cleantech competition is SMEs
and Startup companies. This programme involves extensive mentoring, training, access to investors
and opportunities to showcase their innovations. Winners will be given prizes ranging from US$
15,000 to 20,000 plus winners will be given further mentorship and training in Silicon Valley, USA”.
Cleantech is basically a business accelerator programme which is aimed at converting the Cleantech
ideas into viable businesses.
2.1. Framework of Activities
Following are main components of programme.

Project Component 1

National Cleantech Platform (NCTP) to promote clean technology innovations and Competitiveness in
SMEs in Pakistan to deliver global environmental benefits.

Output: A coordination mechanism/ platform established at the national level to promote clean
technology innovations and entrepreneurship; clean energy technology innovators identified,
coached and supported during and beyond the Cleantech competition.

Project Component 2

Capacity enhancement initiative for clean technology innovations

Output: National institutional capacity build for mentoring and training programmes as part of the
competition and accelerator programme.

Project Component 3

Policy and regulatory framework strengthened for scaling up of Cleantech competition, innovations
and acceleration activities across Pakistan

Output: Policies and institutional framework strengthened to promote Cleantech innovations in SMEs
and support the local innovation ecosystems in the country.
2.2. Process of the GCIP Call for Awards
GCIP follows the following 8 step model to complete cycle of a GCIP call for awards every year:


Activity 1

Applications are solicited from target market that is Startups and SMEs working or related to our
thematic areas i.e. Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Waste to Energy, Water Efficiency and Green
Building. A three month outreach activity is carried out, comprising of Seminars, Social Media, Print
media, and other means of information dissemination. Target markets are technical universities,
Chambers, research institutions etc. Applicants have to apply online at the online module only.

Special emphasis is made on motivating more women to participate in this programme and many
activities focusing on women were launched..

Activity 2

Semifinalists are announced after Round 1 Judging that is scrutiny of applications by a panel of 3
external and neutral judges. Semifinalists are the subject, for the purpose of all further activities.
Activity 3

National academy is held for semifinalist for training and improving their business plans, this activity
is followed by Business Clinics. Which are meetings held with all semifinalists whereby the problems
and issues in their business plan is discussed and suggestions are made on how to improve these.

Activity 4

Each Semifinalist is assigned two mentors i.e. Specialist (the subject expert) and Generalist (the
business expert) plus an international mentor to guide them on international best practices.
Simultaneously a series of webinars starts, these seminars are webcasted directly from Silicon Valley
USA, for Semifinalist, it is an interactive session on 10 topics which are crucial business aspects for any

Activity 5

Mock judging activity is preparation and improvement of teams for their final judging activity in which
marks are not given but improvement is suggested in their final presentation as well as their
technological innovation was vetted.

Activity 6

The final judging activity is carried out, where a panel of 5 external judges plus one international judge
attended the final presentations and give their marks based on which the National Winner and Runner
ups and Most Promising Women Led Team are decided.

Activity 7

Final gala event plus the award ceremony is held where the winners are officially announced.

Activity 8

Winners proceed to Silicon Valley, USA to attend the Global Forum and meet with the potential
3. Process of Call for Awards 2016 –GCIP Pakistan
GCIP Call for Awards was launched in March 2016 after an extensive advocacy campaign continued
for around two and half months, this campaign comprised of field missions, seminars, skype sessions,
radio and television programmes, newspaper adds, social media campaigns etc. In the field missions,
focused meetings, orientation sessions and workshops were undertaken by the GCIP team during the
period of February 2016 till June 2016.

The overall goal of the field visits has been to fast-track the outreach campaign to encourage potential
organizations, R&D institutes, industry and academia to subscribe to GCIP Accelerator Programme as
applicant as well as mentors. The multiple field visits were conducted in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore,
Peshawar, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Topi, Chakwal etc. During each session the GCIP team
explained the overall strategy of the accelerator programme for SMEs and Start-ups, the process of
application, the procedures, categories as well as prizes. The field mission objectives and approach
had been in line with the main concept of Cleantech i.e. to sensitize the general public as well as our
target market about GCIP programme.

As a result of this campaign and other activities, a total of 592 applications were received in the online
application portal of CTO, USA. This number of applications was by the highest number of applications
received in any GCIP country for the GCIP cycle 2016.

All these applications were screened and evaluated by a panel of three independent external judges.
And after two full days of judging activity, 82 teams were declared as semifinalist. These semi-finalists
are the main subjects of the GCIP programme for the purpose of training and mentoring. Owing to
the large number of semifinalists, the GCIP programme activities were planned to be held on regional
basis, i.e. three regions of Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. This means that instead of all semifinalists
traveling to Islamabad, the GCIP team travelled to each region to undertake different steps of the

The first activity after declaration of semifinalists, was the National Academy which was a two day
academy held in each region, this academy was conducted online by Mr. Paul deGive, the International
Trainer of Cleantech Open, San Francisco. The main purpose of this training was to train innovators
on how to commercialize their innovation, as generally these innovators are technical persons and do
not have expertise to commercialize their innovation. This academy focusses on telling them the
contents of business model and Business Model Canvass esp. Oscar Wilder model, combined with
CTO’s model comprising 20 points, right from how to commercialize the innovations to selecting the
beach head segment to technology description to validation to linking with market etc.
After the National Academy, a series of webinars were arranged for the Semifinalist direct from Silicon
Valley, USA. Semifinalists were supposed to attend these sessions on internet; they could ask
questions and get answers as well as solicit technical advice from industry experts on how to
commercialize their innovation. Simultaneously all the semi-finalist teams were assigned with
mentors by the PMU Pakistan. Each team was assigned with two types of mentors i.e. Generalist and
specialist; who for the period of around next two months guided the teams on improving their
innovations as well as their business plan.

After attending national academy and international webinars, the teams started working on their
business plans. At this point, Business Clinics were organized in each region to discuss the issues faced
by the teams during finalization of their business plans.

Business Clinics invited external technical experts to resolve the specific issues of the teams as well as
advice on commercialization potential of their specific innovations. The session facilitated experience
sharing and cross learning through extensive interactions between the teams.

Once Business plans were finalized and shared with the PMU, next activity was Mock Judging. As the
name indicates, the activity is a mock event of the final judging, with the only difference that the panel
of judges gives advice to improve the technology, business model and presentation instead of scoring.
During the 2 day activity in each region, the judging panel pointed gaps, deficiencies/areas of
improvement and shared tips on how to improve their pitching as well as presentation skills. As an
outcome of judges response, some of the teams with similar ideas merged their startups and those
seemed not mature enough were dropped from the list of finalists, supposed to appear in the final
judging event.

After such rigorous training and exercises, a list of 34 finalists was confirmed by the judges. The final
judging activity took place in Islamabad and these 34 teams presented in the final judging activity to a
panel of judges comprising of local and international judges. Each team presented a detailed
presentation with Q&A session for 3 days from all regions. At the end, the panel of judges declared
one national winner, 3 runners up and one most promising women led team as final winners of the
4. Awards Ceremony – GCIP Pakistan 2016
UNIDO Cleantech awards distribution ceremony for the GCIP Call for Awards 2016 was held in
Islamabad on 12th January 2017. A total of five awards were given, comprising of 1 National Winner, 3
Runner ups, and 1 Most Promising Woman Led team awards to the innovators whose innovations
focused on the five categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste to
energy and green buildings.

The event comprised of the following two main sessions:

4.1. Inaugural Session
The award ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change. Also
present on the occasion were Dr. Anwar Hussain Gilani; Chairman PCST, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak;
CEO National Productivity Organization, Mr. Esam Alqararah; UNIDO Representative; Mr. Alois
Mhlanga; Project Manager from UNIDO HQ, and representatives of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce
and Industry.
Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change handed over prizes to five winners in a graceful
ceremony. Speaking at the occasion, the Federal Minister Mr Zahid Hamid stressed the importance of
innovation in clean technology in mitigating harmful impacts of Climate Change. The Minister
specifically appreciated the role of the UNIDO and its partners in arranging this competition, to foster
green entrepreneurship and introduce viable solutions to the current energy crisis in Pakistan. He
reiterated his ministry’s continued support to this endeavor. He also gave shields to the Judges of GCIP
programme and also to the Mentor Chairs.
The Chairman of PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani highlighted the role of PCST in supporting
entrepreneurship in Pakistan particularly in clean technologies to ensure sustainability of the ongoing
initiatives. He also reiterated possible role of PCST as hub of activities of National Cleantech Platform
CEO of National Productivity Organization, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak also spoke on the occasion and
said that he is very happy to see that this kind of activities have started in Pakistan, and these would
go a long way in helping developing a culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
The UNIDO Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Esam Alqararah, while addressing the ceremony, shared
UNIDO’s vision on energy and environment and the efforts UNIDO in promoting renewable energy
and clean technologies in Pakistan. Mr. Alqararah pinpointed the importance of renewable energy and
energy efficiency in the development of the country. He reiterated UNIDO’s commitment to further
strengthen the cooperation with the Ministry of Climate Change.
The GCIP Project Manager from UNIDO HQ Mr. Alois Mhlanga also highlighted the significance of
innovations in Clean Technologies and appreciated the achievements of GCIP in Pakistan. He
specifically stressed the prospects and need of sustainability of this programme through national
partners in Pakistan

4.2. Awards Distribution Session
After the inaugural session, the main session started with the distribution of shields to the following:

 GCIP partners
 All judges of the project
 Mentor chairs in regions
 All semi-finalist teams
 Speakers of the event
 Chief Guest
After shields distribution, 5 winners were honoured with the following 5 awards:

1) National Winner - USD 20, 000
2) Ist Runner up – USD 15,000
3) 2nd Runner up – USD 15,000
4) 3rd Runner up – USD 15,000
5) Most Promising Women led team – USD 15,000
All the winners were given huge life size cheques stating their prize money which was US$ 20,000
(National Winner) and US$ 15,000 (4 Runner-up Prizes), including a prize for the most promising
woman-led business, with the opportunity to visit Silicon Valley, USA for further mentoring and
training, as part of the awards package.

The awards were given by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change who stressed the
importance of innovation in clean technology in mitigating harmful impacts of Climate Change. He
also specifically appreciated the role of the UNIDO and its partners in arranging this competition, to
foster green entrepreneurship and introduce viable solutions to the current energy crisis in Pakistan.
And he also assured his ministry’s support for this project.

While receiving the awards, all the winners described their innovation and its benefits, which was very
much appreciated by the all the guests.
The winners’ details are as follows:

1) National Winner

Category: Energy Efficiency
Team name: SSUETIANS
Innovation: A new technique which reduces the radiation dose provided in conventional C.T scans. So
this innovation results in less radiations, thus less energy consumed and low chances of cancer.

2) 1st Runner up

Category: Water Efficiency
Team name: VegA's
Innovation: A water waste flow mechanism that reduces pollution load by using energy from the flow
of waste water; instead of using electricity for operating electro-mechanical, the water waste aeration
system (surface/subsurface aerators) can be used in reducing the pollution load. So this innovatoin
can treat industrial waste water without any external power source.

3) 2nd Runner up Award

Category: Waste to Energy
Team name: Green Team
Innovation: Palletization technology provides easier and better handling of fuel after crushing
and grinding. Pellets are made of biomass (rice husk, bagasse, cotton sticks and saw dust) and
Municipal Solid Waste with differening ratios. So this innovation used Muncipal Solid wastes
and convert them into briketts which can be used in boiler for burining, thus reducing waste
and minizing use of coal for burning.

4) 3rd Runner up Award

Category: Green Building
Team name: HempCo
Tagline: Indigenous Hemp as an Insulative Construction Material

Innovation: HempCrete is a Carbon Negative, Enviromentally friendly and Breathable Construction
material that aims to provide Cost effective Insulation to the masses. So this innovation used Hemp
plants which are grown in marginalized land, and not of any use, and this innovation uses Hemp to
make insulation material for buildings construction which can result in around 70 % saving in
airconditioning and heating costs.

5) Most Promising Women Lead Business Award

Category: Energy Efficiency
Team name: Innovative energy efficient incubating blanket for infant cure
Innovation: A device named Incubating Blanket, which can replace the traditional incubator. It is an
energy efficient device which works on 12V. Furthermore, this has more features than a typical
incubtor. As the name indicates this incubator will look like a baby carry sleeping bag/blanket along
with a kit having all the circuits. The data will be sent to incharge for Monitoring/Control. So this is an
innovative design of baby incubator which is energy efficienct., chaep and portable, this innovation
can save millions lives of children who die because of lack of incubators.

5. Outreach
Representatives from UNIDO’s implementing partners for this particular programming namely
Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST), National Productivity Organization (NPO) and
Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM) also participated in this event also with more than 250 high
ranking officials and dignitaries, Ambassadors, international donor agencies, Rectors and Vice
Chancellors of Universities, Representatives from government institutions including allied
departments of MoCC, representatives from Industries, Investors, Ministry of Industries and
production, Climate Change Division, Chambers of Commerce and industry and private sector
stakeholders and GEF cell. A memorable group photo was taken with all the winners, semi-finalists,
partners, chief guests.

The event was reported by large number of electronic and print media as well as promoted on social
media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. Moreover also featured in the UNIDO publications as
well as various online and offline magazines.
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