Enter your water innovation to win business support, funding and networking exposure



Wednesday 10 October 2018, 14h30 - 17h30
VENUE: GreenCape, 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001 (Entrance via City Varsity)


Closing date for competition entries is Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Remaining time for entry submissions:





About the pitching competition

The GreenCape Sector Development Agency and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) invites all innovators, start-ups, and businesses to pitch their water innovations or products to a panel of judges as part of a “Shark tank-style” pitching competition and networking event. 

The Innovations for Water Resilience Competition event has been developed in response to the wave of water innovations that have emerged during the Western Cape water crisis period.

As part of the journey towards water resilience, FNF and GreenCape are offering their support to innovators and entrepreneurs in the water innovations landscape.

Competition prizes

The winner of the Innovations for Water Resilience Competition will be awarded with R20,000 worth of business support. The type of support on offer could include:

Business plan development assistance3Business plan development assistance

Growth trajectory guidance2Growth trajectory guidance

Financial forecasting2Financial forecasting

Market opportunities insights2Market opportunities insights

Access to funding and raising finance2Access to funding and raising finance

Marketing assistance and media exposure4

Marketing assistance and media exposure

Hardware and digital tech support6

Hardware and digital tech-support

Business mentorship and skills training4

Business mentorship and skills training

Local and international investor matchmaking4

Local and international investor matchmaking

How to enter the Competition

There are 2 stages to qualify as one of the top finalists for the pitching event:

Stage 1: Submit your competition entry form

Access to funding and raising finance6

Tell us why you should be given the opportunity to pitch your innovation, start-up, or business at the pitching event

  • Competition Opens: 20th August 2018
  • Closing Date for entries: 19th September 2018
  • How to enter: Fill out the Competition Form below. This form allows applicants to submit either a 500-word written motivation, 10-slide PowerPoint, or a 5-minute recorded video.


Stage 2: Finalists to prepare their pitch

Marketing assistance and media exposure5

Top finalists will need to prepare their water innovation pitch for the event


Finalists announcement by GreenCape: Tuesday, 25th September 2018


One of the finalists will stand a chance to win business development support worth R20,000

Business mentorship and skills training5

The winner will be selected by a judging panel on the Day of the Event

Competition judges and judging criteria

Green Cape

City of CPT




The judges will assess the top finalists and their innovation, start-up, or business based on market potential and viability, scalability, technical innovation, sound conceptualization, and scope for growth and impact.

How to RSVP for the Event


Wednesday 10 October 2018, 14h30 - 17h30
VENUE: GreenCape, 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001 (Entrance via City Varsity)

Innovations for Water Resilience Competition Event Programme




14h30 for 15h00 Guest arrivals and welcome refreshments


Meet the judges, investors and finalists


GreenCape presentation on water sector opportunities


1st Round of pitching and judging Q&A


10 Minute break


2nd Round of pitching and judging Q&A


Judging deliberation


Awards ceremony: Winner announcement


Closing statements and event wrap-up

17h00- 17h30

Networking, light meals and refreshments

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • Individuals, businesses, or consortia can submit competition entries.
  • The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 19 September 2018.
  • Entries can only be submitted online via the competition form provided.
  • The competition hosts will not cover costs associated with entries, subsistence or travel.
  • Finalists can deliver the event pitch as an individual or maximum group of 2 representatives.
  • All technology and innovation IP rights are reserved with the applicants and finalists.
  • The competition hosts reserve the right to make use of any content submitted or presented at the event for marketing and media purposes
  • The competition hosts reserve the right to disqualify an applicant or deem a submission invalid.
  • The final selection outcome and announcement of the competition winner cannot be contested.


Please call +27 (0) 21 811 0250, or e-mail water@green-cape.co.za.