New report investigates the innovation ecosystem for cleantech start-ups in eight countries

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

BONN, 12 November 2017 – A new report analyzing the potential to produce entrepreneurial cleantech start-up companies in eight countries taking part in the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) has been launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn.

The GCIP is an initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) conducted in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. It aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, and to catalyze investment to support and accelerate start-up entrepreneurs towards the development and commercialization of cleantech solutions to protect our global commons.

 The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2017 – Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) Country Innovation Profiles draws on a wide range of factors and sources, and seeks to answer the question: which countries currently have the greatest potential to produce entrepreneurial  cleantech start-up companies that will commercialize clean technology innovations over the next 10 years?

It is a pioneering initiative exploring why entrepreneurial companies developing sustainable solutions emerge in certain geographies, and which economic, social and environmental conditions cultivate hotbeds for such innovation. It investigates the results of policies, on producing cleantech entrepreneurs andis expected to serve as a valuable policy tool to stimulate national action in supporting the commercialization of cleantech solutions.  

At the report launch event hosted by WWF, cleantech innovation experts from GEF, UNFCCC, UNIDO and representatives from Mission Innovation, Cleantech Open, the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea, and the Carbon Trust, discussed the transformative potential of cleantech solutions in meeting the climate change mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement, and the enabling factors that support the success of cleantech start-ups as businesses.

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