As part of infoDev’s Climate Technology Program supported by the WorldBank Group, Climate Innovation Centres (CICs) are being established globally to cultivate climate technology innovators in various communities through seed financing facilities, policy or regulatory interventions, network linkages and business training. In 2012, the first CIC was established in Kenya. Today, there are six other CICs in the world and counting. Learn more and connect with other CICs working immensely to provide innovative solutions to solve and adapt to climate change issues in their communities.
Advancing Kenya’s Green Growth Agenda
Kenya Climate Innovation Center’s (KCIC) Sustainability Initiative is accelerating the commercialization and scale-up of climate change related enterprises. Since 2012, KCIC’s sustainability initiative has incubated 138 social enterprises, established 32 sustainability projects and created 1163 sustainable jobs in Kenya. Learn more about the Kenya Climate Innovation Center.
Preparing Ventures for Success in Vietnam
MAWAPO is one of Vietnam’s Climate Innovation Center (VCIC) clients and is successfully producing activated carbon and extracting silica (Si02) from rise husks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Silica (Si02) material is now used to manufacture water filter ceramics, and filters for households as well as high capacity water filters for plants and schools. Read more on how the Vietnam Climate Innovation Center is supporting many entrepreneurs solve and adapt to climate issues.
Providing communities with cleaner energy solutions in Morocco
The Morocco Climate Innovation Centre provides a wide range of services such as the Green Business Incubator: which supports entrepreneurs through mentoring and coaching on both technical and business matters; the Green Business Network: serves as the first social network dedicated to clean technologies which provides members access to a network of over 160 Moroccan green businesses and the Green Business Booster: which is a business accelerator that provides grants to researchers and entrepreneurs who want to pilot clean-tech projects. Find more information on how Morroco Climate Innovation Centre is helping clean-tech entrepreneurs launch companies, create jobs and provide cleaner energy solutions in Morocco.
Tackling climate change in the Caribbean, through innovation and entrepreneurship
Since its inception in 2014, Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) has been encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and supporting economic developments through job creation. One of its initiatives is the regional boot camp held to bring young entrepreneurs together to find business solutions to climate change. The winners from each boot camp are funneled into the CCIC’s six-month accelerator programme, where they receive business support and mentorship to help their ideas grow into viable businesses. The aim is to create start-ups that can catapult the region to the top of the global green economy. In 2017, CCIC intends to host seven boot camps for countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Budding entrepreneurs will be supported by hubs which have been established in 12 Caribbean nations: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. Learn more about Caribbean Climate Innovation Center.
Who gets crowned for the Woman Innovator of the Year?
In line with its gender equity goals, The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Centre (ECIC) is organizes The Woman Innovator of the Year Award, aimed to stimulate climate smart innovation among women entrepreneurs and inspire other women to become entrepreneurs. Amongst its groundbreaking initiatives in Ethiopia is the Climathon; which is a global 24-hour hackathon taking place simultaneously in major cities around the world in search to find innovative solutions to climate change issues. Read more on the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Centre.
Climate Innovation Centre South Africa: Accelerating the growth of innovative clean tech enterprises towards low-carbon, green growth paths
The Climate Innovation Centre South Africa (CICSA) is a strategic Green Economy initiative of The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC). TIHMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (“GGDA”), and was established by the Gauteng Provincial Government through its Department of Economic Development (DED) to operate as a science and technology park (Innovation Hub) that promotes socio-economic development and competitiveness of the province through innovation. Learn more on how the Climate Innovation Centre South Africa provides skills development through the Green Learnership initiative to youth in the Guateng Province of South Africa.