GAP ICT COMPETITION
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and their applications hold exciting promise for improving people’s lives and enhancing service delivery by local government. This presents a significant opportunity for prospective entrepreneurs working in the ICT space.
2020 FOCUS AREA: 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
ELECTRONICS, SOFTWARE, SENSORS, CYBER- SECURITY, NETWORK CONNECTIVITY, INTERNET OF THINGS, BIG DATA, ANALYTICS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT, Mixed Reality, AND SMART MOBILITY
GAP ICT is hosted annually by The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC) in Pretoria, South Africa. TIHMC is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) which is an agency of Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development (GDED). GAP ICT 2020 is run in partnership with The Innovation Hub’s Maxum Business Incubator and Mobile Applications Laboratory (mLab) Southern Africa.
Maxum Business Incubator develops the business leaders of tomorrow by providing an enabling environment where start-ups from the knowledge-intensive sectors are fast-tracked to compete in the global village. Incubation creates a synergistic environment where entrepreneurs can share learning; create working partnerships; as well as open doors to markets and resources.
mLab is a mobile solutions laboratory and startup accelerator that provides entrepreneurs and mobile developers with the support they need to develop innovative mobile applications and services.
All competition winners will be eligible for seed funding and incubation with Maxum Business Incubator or mLab Southern Africa.
GAP ICT is hosted annually by The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC) in Pretoria, South Africa. TIHMC is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) which is an agency of Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development (GDED).
GAP ICT opens for entries during February - June each year and welcomes submissions from a diverse spectrum of participants including researchers, entrepreneurs, and community-based organizations. Entries are then interrogated by expert internal and external adjudication panels to select 4 prize winners who will be offered seed funding and incubation starting in the following year(January) with Maxum Business Incubator or mLab Southern Africa.
BASIC TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING
South Africa’s scientists and engineers are amongst the top in the world. Yet few technologies are translated into commercial products/ services. The Innovation Hub Management Company (TIHMC) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) have joined forces to deliver a stimulating entrepreneurial workshop for potential technology entrepreneurs and startups. The workshop will assist potential GAP entrants with developing a strong proposal. It is also a prerequisite for those intending to enter the TIA Swiss SA Venture Leader programme. Local industry experts in technology commercialization will share their knowledge on topics ranging from idea generation to funding a venture. Join us to take your technology idea or innovation to the next level.
The closing date for applications to join the training is 28 May 2020.
To apply for the training, click Apply link.
A key driver behind the increasing impact of ICTs on the African continent is greater accessibility to information and communication services through the Internet Of Things (IoT) technologies. Citizens have become adept at using their phones to access a wide variety of services, and this technology has the potential to improve access to public services and provide a platform for major increases in productivity and competitiveness of small enterprises.
The GAP ICT innovation competition calls on innovators and entrepreneurs in Gauteng to propose novel technologies, applications and business models that leverage ICTs to improve people’s lives and enhance service delivery by government. The competition is open to a broad spectrum of ICT-based innovation, with strong potential for business and/ or social impact in the near term.
We have identified a number of areas that are of particular interest based on their market potential and the likelihood of broad social impact. These areas are based on the needs of our partners from both public and private organizations and link closely to the national ICT RDI roadmap which highlights key opportunities related to the ICT sector.
Mobile Applications: South Africans have become adept at using their phones to access a wide variety of services and there are numerous opportunities to leverage mobile technologies’ specific capabilities and patterns of use for social impact and business growth.
Connectivity Solutions: Business models and technologies that address the need for broadband services, particularly in relation to driving lower costs, higher availability and quality of connectivity in under-served areas.
Geo-Spatial Applications: Leveraging technologies related to observation from space and large areas. Includes applications for remote sensing, earth observation applications, positioning and location-based services, environmental and disaster management.
Smart Infrastructure: Optimisation of networked infrastructure such as electricity grid, water, roads, rail, pipes.
Manufacturing: ICT systems, systems integration, management information systems, computer-aided design, collaborative engineering and robotic management systems for enhanced and modernized manufacturing capacity.
Supply Chain Optimisation: Supply chain optimization and logistics management
Asset Management: Management, condition monitoring and tracking of physical assets for optimal utilization (including preventative maintenance) and disposition; protection, including against theft; and maintenance of asset registries
Content Creation & Delivery: Participation in and provision of support along the value chain for digital content(creation, production, distribution) with applications in entertainment, governance and community building (such as citizen journalism).
Bio-Medical and Health: The application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine, as well as health care management and the ability to cater for implications of NHI.
e-Governance: Applications that support an effective political process and delivery of government services including applications in Smart Cities.
e-Education: To improve the learning experience, skills, and competencies; learning outcomes through integrating ICTs into the education system; the administration and management of the education system.
Payment Solutions: Secure payment solutions for developing economies, in respect of both for digital and physical goods and services, including P2P, cash-less applications, unbanked needs, and addressing security and regulatory considerations.
Trust and Security: Trust and security offerings intended to create safe environments for online and offline interactions, transactions and networks, with a focus on enabling the service economy.
Incubation services from The Innovation Hub’s Maxum Business Incubator and mLab and seed funding indicated below. The top Internet of Things or Digital Media innovation will receive the Intel Award which will include engineering services, hardware and/or market advisory to support commercialization.
4 winners to share seed fund of R 650 000.00 to be shared across all GAP Categories and the following from incubation:
> mLab & Maxum
> Tech & business mentors
> Dev and deployment resources
> Subsidised offices IP advisory
> Market visibility
GAP ICT Competition 2020
Opens: 18 March 2020 | Apply Now
Closes : 10 July 2020
Basic Entrepreneurship Training Call
Opens: 22 March 2020 | Apply Now
Closed: 28 May 2020
Basic Entrepreneurship Workshop
29 May 2020
11am - 1pm
AWS IoT & Cloud 9 IDE Training
GAP Excecutive Training
Semi-Finalist Acceleration Training
24 – 25 August 2020
Submission of Revised Business Concepts
18 September 2020
05 November 2020
GAP Awards Ceremony
19 November 2020
Starts January 2021