TIA is launching a Technology Acquisition and Deployment Fund (TADF) pilot programme. The aim of the TADF is to facilitate the commercialization of locally developed technologies, promoting their uptake by the public sector, i.e. government and its entities, to improve their operations, enhance service delivery and address pressing socio-economic challenges. Through the Fund, South African entrepreneurs, SMMEs and/or start-ups will have the opportunity to access much-needed capital for market testing, demonstration and validation in real market and operational settings. This will enable the exploitation and market uptake of locally developed innovative products and technology solutions. This pilot programme will run for a limited period of 12 months. The experiences and lessons from this pilot will serve as baseline information and input into the establishment of a more comprehensive, well- capitalized and permanent Fund for the future.