The Innovation Hub, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and its partners have launched four Gauteng Accelerator Programme (GAP) Innovation Competitions focusing on Medical, ICT, Biosciences and the Green Economy.

GAP is looking for innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs that are working on novel ideas in the above four categories that will improve the efficiency of government service delivery, increase the competitiveness of the local economy and enhance the quality of life of ordinary citizens.

Winners of GAP 2016 will share over R2.5 million in seed funding and cash prizes, as well as receive incubation services with technical and business mentors, intellectual property lawyers and access to the Innovation Hub’s network of industry and government partners.

The GAP Medical competition aims to identify and nurture health innovations in both the public and private sector that will contribute to the improvement of healthcare service delivery, primarily hospital-based care,” said General Manager: Innovation, Sectors & Industries at The Innovation Hub, Dr Chamunorwa Togo, who is running the competition.

Dr Togo added that the objectives of the challenge are to: foster innovation in the health sector, particularly in the public hospitals; address challenges in the hospital setting through innovative solutions; create a platform for peer-to-peer engagement on challenges in healthcare delivery; showcase innovations developed by the hospital staff that are intimate with the challenges; and identify and support research developed by Universities and Science Councils with applications in the health sector.

All interested parties are required to submit their applications via the official website before 2 June 2016.

A previous winner of a GAP Innovation Competition was HearScreen, a spin-off from the University of Pretoria who launched their National Hearing Test App, hearZA, with Vodacom in March 2016. The app is designed to detect signs of hearing loss and help sufferers seek help as soon as possible.

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