Project "Global Clean Technology Innovation Program for Small and Medium Enterprises in Ukraine"

In 2011, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), launched the first Clean Technology Competition for small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa with innovative green building ideas and projects, energy efficiency and renewables.

The GCIP program from 2011 to 2017

Between 2011 and 2017, the GCIP Program was implemented in 8 countries (Armenia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey) and became GEF-UNIDO's leading global initiative to promote Cleantech innovation as a business model, by engaging the private sector directly to address environmental issues. The GCIP program supports eco-friendly projects around the world and promotes startups and SMEs in the clean tech sector.

Description of the project

GCIP Ukraine is part of a global initiative aimed at promoting innovative technologies and creating an ecosystem to support innovative entrepreneurship. Since January 2019, UNIDO, with the support of the GEF, has started implementing the Project in Ukraine in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the State Innovative Financial Credit Facility. The project is in line with the national policy priorities of Ukraine and the GEF

Purpose of the project:
Promoting the development of a low carbon economy and entrepreneurship by creating an ecosystem to promote Cleantech innovation projects.

Project components

Within GCIP Ukraine, two acceleration programs are implementing annually, including a Clintech Startup Competition, a Business Academy and a mentoring program. The program is designed to help innovators prepare their project to attract investment, find potential partners (Ukrainian and international) and market entry.

Creating a national platform for clean technology to drive innovation to deliver global environmental benefits and create green jobs in Ukraine.

Strengthening the regulatory framework for innovative technologies and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ukraine.

Building national capacity to support and promote innovation in clean technologies.

Expected results:

Launching an effective mechanism for developing and supporting eco-friendly innovation projects

Creating jobs and increasing the competitiveness of SMEs.

Development of effective mentoring and training programs in environmentally friendly technologies for small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups

Reduction of national greenhouse gas emissions and promotion of sustainable environmental development in Ukraine

Providing access to Ukrainian inventors and startups to existing financial support mechanisms (grants, venture funding, angel financing, credit)

The project team
Project office
Igor Kyrylchuk
National Project Coordinator
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Tetiana Vekha
National Communications Expert
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Kateryna Pernata
Coordinator of training programs
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Mykola Kobets
National expert on the development of innovative ecosystem
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Kateryna Pasichnyk
Project Assistant