Title: Clean Tech Opportunities in South Africa
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM PDT / 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT / 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM SAST

Speakers:

Gerswynn McKuur, Senior Project Manager, Industrial Energy Efficiency Programme South Africa at the National Cleaner Production Centre

David E. Rodgers, Senior Energy Specialist, Global Environment Facility

Pradeep Monga, Director, Energy and Climate Change Branch, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Kevin Braithwaite, Chair, Global Ideas and Program Director, Clean Tech Open

John Mizroch, CEN Board Member, Managing Member of John F Mizroch, LLC and former Acting Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (moderator)

Summary:

CEN hosted a timely webinar to explore clean tech opportunities in South Africa and opportunities to directly engage with entrepreneurs on the ground there. COP17, the next big global climate conference, will be happening this year in Durban from Nov. 28 – Dec. 9.

In the run up to the convention, the South African government is organizing a Clean Tech Competition for local startup companies and small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs). South Africa entrepreneurs and innovators have been challenged to stimulate economic growth by submitting the clean tech solutions that will lead to job creation, the delivery of improved products, and the introduction of new services.

Participants were invited to join our panel of experts who not only provided an analysis of the clean tech sector in South Africa, but also explained an exciting opportunity to become a mentor and supporter of the semi-finalists of the competition.

The South Africa Clean Tech Competition has been designed similarly to the successful Clean Tech Open in the United States, offering three categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Green Buildings. Up to forty semi-finalists will receive training and mentoring by industry leaders and five finalists selected will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas at COP17.

The winners will be revealed on December 8th in Durban. Learn how you can get involved with the competition and steer the competitors to the finals! Learn also about opportunities to support innovation in South Africa in 2012 and beyond.

Agenda:

1) Overview of the status of clean tech, clean energy, and SMEs in South Africa

2) Description and update on the South Africa Clean Tech Competition

3) Preview of selected South African entrepreneurs
involved in the competition

4) Call to action – opportunities for CEN members to mentor and support competitors

5) Q&A session

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