Application to join the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre’s Incubation Programme is in two broad steps

Step I: Expression of Interest – Prospective client will complete and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by clicking on APPLY  above or below. These EOIs are reviewed periodically to determine strategic fit within the scope of the Ghana CIC. Successful applicants from this phase will be progressed to the full application step. The next review of EOIs will commence in January 2018.

Step II: Full Application – A full application can only be completed once the Ghana CIC has reviewed the Expression of Interest form and confirmed that it is appropriate to move to this stage. The applicant will be directed to complete an application. The application is to be completed within a week and submitted for appraisal. The appraisal process will involve a forum where the prospect will have the opportunity to discuss in detail his/her product or service. GCIC will also carry out a comprehensive due diligence of the entrepreneur during the appraisal process

Eligibility Criteria:

The GCIC supports entrepreneurs and new ventures in Ghana involved in developing profitable and locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. To be eligible to apply to the GCIC, the business should fall into one of the following 5 sub sectors:

Energy Efficiency
Ghana’s power sector continues to face difficulties in closing its supply shortfall; energy efficiency solutions provide an immediate step to fixing this problem, and could save the country millions annually.

Main applications:
Lighting, Appliances, HVAC, Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Transmission & Distribution, Clean Cook Stoves and Fuels

Domestic Waste Management
Increasing population with its resultant increased waste production in Ghana has outpaced the country’s capacity for effective waste management. Innovative solutions to domestic waste management can bridge this capacity gap and lead to cleaner environments and healthier citizens.

Main applications:
Recycling, E-Waste Management, Biogas Generation, Biomass Power

Water Management and Purification
With a population of 27 million, about 23 million of Ghana’s people do not have access to improved sanitation, and 3 million do not have access to safe drinking water. Solutions to this challenge could greatly reduce related diseases and mortality.

Main applications:
Waste Water Treatment, Portable Water, Water Use Efficiency, Waste Water Recycling, Desalination, Rain Water Harvesting, Efficient Irrigation

Climate Smart Agriculture
Despite the abundance of resources for agric production, Ghana remains a net importer of food with dated production methods and inefficient value chains. Climate adaptation solutions to agriculture will improve production and increase the resiliency of especially small farmers to climate change.

Main applications:
New Resilient Crops/Seeds, Water/Energy Efficient Agri-Machinery/Equipment, Water/Energy Efficient Irrigation Systems, Climate Friendly/Energy Efficient Food Processing, Bio Pesticides & Fertilizers, Agricultural Waste Management

Solar Energy
Solar as a resource is abundant throughout Ghana. With up to 3000hrs of sunshine per annum, solar solutions could effectively supplement on-grid solutions and offer new opportunities to off-grid populations.

Main applications:
Offgrid/Distributed Solar PV, Solar PV MW, Concentrated Solar PV MW, Solar Thermal MW, Solar Thin Film, Solar IT

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the level of impact (to environment, community and women as users of the technology) and business potential. The most preferred businesses are those with a High business potential and High impact. High impact but Low business potential businesses may also be considered. However, Low impact businesses will generally not be considered.


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A grant-making organisation can be defined as “a foundation which is a non-governmental entity that is established as a non-profit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations, institutions, or individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes”.


GCIC is not a grant-making organisation. GCIC is a pioneering green business incubator with a unique focus of developing SME business leaders in Ghana’s ‘Green Economy’.

Our vision, is to be the preferred green economy business incubator for the small and growing business sector in Ghana

Our mission, is to constantly create & support an exceptional set of transformational business leaders who are pioneering adaptive and mitigating solutions for climate change issues in Ghana

A business incubator is an organisation that exists and operates to “accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services that could include physical space, capital, coaching, common services, and networking connections”. 

Not all business incubators are the same.  It is more often the case today that business incubators have a thematic or disciplinary focus. With the GCIC, we are specifically focused on incubating businesses in the following five economic sectors:

  • Energy efficiency & renewable energy
  • Solar energy
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Waste management
  • Water purification and management

Funded by the WorldBank with support from the Royal Netherlands Government and the Government of Denmark,  the operations of GCIC is executed by a consortium led by Ashesi University College in association with Ernst and Young, SNV and UNU. 

Each consortium member takes the lead in the execution of each of the program’s five worktreams, i.e.

  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Acceleration (Ashesi University College)
  • Access to Finance (Ernst and Young)
  • Market Growth and Access (SNV Ghana)
  • Technology and Product Development (SNV Ghana) and
  • Policy and Regulatory Support (UNU)

Through these workstreams, we provide a range of business advisory, business mentoring, & capacity building services to SMEs developing entrepreneurial solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change.  We also offer financial grants to qualifying businesses within our incubator.

Yes! Any business in the SME sector that operates in the five business sectors listed above is encouraged to apply to the Incubator using our online application portal through our website.


The selection process has three stages, starting with an Expression of Interest, Stages of Assessment, Concluding with a full one-to-one presentation to the GCIC Cohort Selection Panel.  This is a highly competitive program.  GCIC carefully selects incubatees with the best possible chance of success to meet the Incubator’s objectives as defined by the World Bank.  We also want to be sure that we have sufficient space, equipment, resources and finances to support all the entrepreneurs and ventures that come into our Incubator. 

Proof of Concept (POC) Grants are available to qualifying entrepreneurs within our Incubator.

The POC grants aim to facilitate product development, prototyping, testing and/or piloting of a product or service to enable the entrepreneur to prove that the idea/business model is viable in a technical and commercial sense; and the proposed technologies or business models to be funded under POC must demonstrate potential positive impact to environment and community through mitigation or adaptation to identified climate challenges. 

Through an open, competitive pitching process, entrepreneurs within a specific cohort can pitch for POC grants.  POC grants will only be provided to applicants with clearly defined results arising from activities funded by the POC grant.

Over the tenure of the project, i.e. until 2021, GCIC is tasked to incubate 100 entrepreneurs.  During this period, a total of $1.1million is available for POC grants for up to 50 entrepreneurs within the incubator.  In general, up to $22, 000 of POC grant will be available to each successful entrepreneur. 

Typically, the incubation period at GCIC is 12 months