IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE – MAY 2018

1. WHAT IS BIF?

The Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) is a special fund whose purpose is to promote innovation through
technology, product and business development in the private sector in Botswana. The BIF is administered by the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) The BIF targets SMME and medium to large
enterprises with scalable innovative projects which have potential for commercialisation in the short to medium term, (12 – 24 months) in the sectors of Mining Technologies, Clean Technologies, Biotechnology (Agriculture and Health Technologies), Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Knowledge Intensive Business Services, Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), that are at the prototype phase or beyond.

2. WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE APPLICATIONS FOLLOWING THE FIRST CALL WHICH CLOSED ON 6TH APRIL 2018?

The first Call for Proposals was open from the 15th
March to 6th April 2018.
The statistics for the first Call are as follows:
-Total Applications Received – 57
-Compliant Applications Received – 54
-Biotechnology Applications Received – 4
-Cleantech Applications Received – 4
-ICT Applications Received – 44
-IKS Applications Received – 2

3. WHAT IS THE ESTIMATED DATE FOR COMPLETING THE SHORTLIST OF THE FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS?

Please note applicants will be informed by the 25th June, 2018 on the outcome of their submission.

Download PDF Format: Implementation Update – May 2018

4. WHEN IS THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR THE BOTSWANA INNOVATION FUND?

There will be another opportunity to apply for funding through the Botswana Innovation Hub in the current year. The targeted date is October 2018.

5. HOW DO YOU BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR THE BOTSWANA INNOVATION FUND?

Only companies registered with the BIH as per the provisions of the funding instrument (Statutory
Instrument no 93 of 2017) are eligible. This is in alignment with Botswana Innovation Hub mandate
of facilitating further enhancement and commercialisation of innovation inventions and research and development outputs at national level.

6. HOW DO COMPANIES REGISTER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE BOTSWANA INNOVATION HUB?

To begin the BIH membership registration process, please complete the membership enquiry form on
http://www.bih.co.bw/membership-enquiry/ and you will be contacted by a BIH representative.

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