Technology Innovation Agency South Africa
Grassroots Innovation
Innovation Support

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is calling for applications from grassroots innovators looking for funding, technical assistance and support for developing a new product or process up to prototype and proof of concept stage. A grassroots innovator is defined as “an individual who undertakes innovations to solve local challenges using local resources and capabilities through working outside the realm of formal innovation institution”.

Support Package on Offer

  • Intellectual Property Registration
  • Industry compliance and certification
  • Product and technical development expertise, design prototyping infrastructure & hard/software materials
  • Production of a prototype
  • Business development training and support
  • Networking, mentorship and market access activities

How To Apply; 

Prepare and upload as part of application:

  • A three-minute video (name and surname of the innovator, the overview of the innovation, show prototype if it exists, and what the funding will be used for)
  • Pitch deck
  • Proof of residence

Click here to apply - Application form CC2_GIP_Zululand

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Human health and social work activities

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