• The Challenge is open to all South African citizens within the City of Johannesburg who are in possession of a valid identity document.
  • Any person, start-up, SME, partnership or existing company may make a submission, provided that the principal team member and the bulk of activities of the submission take place within the boarders of the Municipality of Johannesburg.
  • Employees of the partners, their associated companies, advertising or promotional agencies and their immediate families are not entitled to win the competition.
  • Any entries received after the closing date, as it is published on the website, will not be considered.
  • Any participant under the age of 18 years must be fully assisted by his/her legal guardian, who must give consent for the participant to take possession of the prize, should they win.
  • Awards will only be made to a legal entity. The Challenge is open to submissions from those who have not registered a company with an accompanying bank account at the time of submission, but any such participant must do so before receiving an award, should they be selected.
  • Any person or legal entity may be involved in multiple submissions, but only one idea may be selected as the winner.
  • The original idea submitted to the competition cannot be changed after the closing date.
  • You may enter more than one idea. Should two or more ideas belonging to a single person or company with the same directors be selected for the top 20, the participant must choose which one idea should advance to the next round.
  • Any intellectual property generated, proposed and introduced by a participant will be wholly and entirely owned by the participant.
  • Any late submissions will not be accepted for consideration.
  • The challenge will be governed by a joint City of Johannesburg – University of Johannesburg Steering Committee. Its decisions are final and binding.
  • The Steering Committee will appoint a Pre-Selection Committee to consider all submissions and recommend to it the Top 20 to proceed to round one of the Challenge.
  • The Steering Committee will appoint an Award Committee to evaluate the Top 20 and recommend the winners of the first round, who will receive the first awards (R250k) and proceed to the second round.
  • The disbursement of the full R250,000 is dependent on the finalist meeting its milestones within the allotted time as set by the Awards Committee and verified by the appointed technical committee.
  • Finalists who failed to meet its milestones will not be illegible for the final prizes.
  • The recommendations of the Pre-Selection and Award Committees are final, subject only to a veto on individual recommendations by the Steering Committee. Neither the Steering Committee nor any other party may approve the inclusion in a subsequent round of a submission not recommended by the Pre-Selection or Award Committee, whichever is applicable.
  • All members of the Steering Committee, Pre-Selection and Award Committees, and all participants from the Top 20 round and onward will sign a non-disclosure agreement with Resolution Circle to ensure the protection of ideas. Any ideas submitted by participants will be deemed to be done in strict confidentiality.
  • Participants will be responsible for all costs incurred to enter and participate in the Challenge. The Challenge, the organizers, partners, members of the committees and Project Manager will not be responsible or liable for any costs incurred by participants as part of this competition.
  • A first round of eliminations will be done on all entries against the feasibility and the green innovation of the idea. The eliminations will be done by an independent panel of expertise. Their decision is final and binding.
  • Any queries have to be submitted in writing to the project manager. The project manager undertakes to evaluate the validity of the query. Should the query be valid, it will be submitted to the steering committee for final decision and outcome.
  • The City of Johannesburg and its partners will in no way be bound to procure any products and/or services. Any procurement contract entered into will be by the sole discretion of the Steering Committee and the City of Johannesburg management.

DISCLAIMER:

Due to the nature of the competition, allegations relating to intellectual property theft, infringement, and appropriation are not uncommon, especially considering the publicity received by the participants. Therefore:

  • The participant confirms that he/she is the sole owner of the intellectual property, which forms the basis for his/her entree into the competition.
  • The participant that is selected in the Top 20, is obliged to disclose any IP claims, whether formal or informal, to the project manager.
  • The participant completely indemnifies Resolution Circle (RC), The Green City Startup (GCS) and the City of Johannesburg (COJ) against any third party claims in this regard.
  • Should any 3rd party claim be brought against RC, GCS or COJ, these parties have the discretion to disqualify the participant should it be confirmed that the intellectual property entered into the competition does not belong to the participant In the event of a grant being paid out to the participant, the same amount must be paid back with immediate effect.
  • All final round participants will be required to participate events they are required to attend.
  • No obligation lies with all the Parties governing this competition to verify or validate the authenticity of entrants’ ideas.
  • The competition does not have the capacity to adjudicate on complex matters of intellectual property law. It does not have the capacity to hear and evaluate evidence. Further, merely acting on allegations might prejudice contestants.
  • Any intellectual property dispute between a contestant and a third party shall be dealt with between the contestant and the third party and neither the competition nor its partners shall be involved in the dispute.
  • Where a third party obtains relief from a court, or similar adjudicatory body, which prevents a participant on the basis of an intellectual property claim from being economically active within the City of Johannesburg within a reasonable time of being awarded the grant, the steering committee of the competition (should it still exist at that stage) may, at its discretion and after hearing arguments from the competitor, find that the rule is breached and reclaim the grant(s) paid to the participant.

*T’s & C’s are subject to change.
**It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that he/she stays up to date with the latest T’s & C’s.
***All terms and conditions, including subsequent changes, are valid from the date the call for entries open.