The NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge aims to unearth novel prototypes for social energy enterprises, agri-business, fintech solutions, or energy management systems. It’s a platform to stimulate creativity and facilitate collaboration between local research institutions or industries to develop solutions tailored for Africa.
The 8th Africa Energy Innovation Challenge organized by NEF challenges early-stage energy entrepreneurs across Africa to collaborate with local research institutions or industries to develop a prototype model of a key device/equipment for a social energy enterprise, agri-business, fintech solutions, or energy management system using local resources.
Proposals are invited across four innovation tracks for early-stage energy entrepreneurs from Africa, including:
- Track 1: Clean Energy Solutions for Agro-industry
- Track 2: Energizing Healthcare & Education
- Track 3: Smart Metering & Artificial Intelligence
- Track 4: Cleaner Electrification of Transport/ Oil&Gas
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Prizes and Opportunities
Chosen by an independent panel of seasoned industry experts, the finalists and winners will reap invaluable rewards:
1. Cash Prize Grants
- Up to USD $10,000 to demonstrate or scale the proposed solution
2. Platform to Pitch
- An opportunity to present the prototype model at the 2023 Nigeria Energy Forum
3. Networking Opportunities
- Connect with young professionals and high-level decision-makers in government, academia, and private sectors
4. Business Development Support
- Attend workshops and receive support from a dedicated start-up incubator
To apply, ensure that you meet the following criteria:
- Age Requirement: Between 18 and 35 years old
- Nationality: Open to African residents
- Team Composition: At least three members per team, possibly from different schools, companies, or countries
- Gender Equality: Women-led teams are highly encouraged
- Multiple Submissions: Individuals or teams may submit more than one application
Proposals will be scrutinized based on:
- Local Content: Utilisation of local resources and expertise
- Originality and Creativity: Uniqueness and creativity in underdeveloped areas
- Commercial Viability: Practicality, cost efficiency, and commercial arrangements
- Clarity: Clear presentation and realistic timelines
How to Apply
- Online Submission: Use the online form and email evidence in Microsoft Word or PDF to [email protected]
- Email Subject: Follow this format:
[Country] Title of the Project
- Document Limit: Overly lengthy submissions may be disqualified
- Final Round: Shortlisted submissions will need to present a detailed design, budget, and video pitch
- Visit Africa Energy Innovation Challenge’s official page
- August 31, 2023
In summary, the NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge is not just a competition; it’s a call to reshape Africa’s energy landscape. It’s a platform for you to make a difference by turning ideas into tangible solutions.
If you’re an innovator, a dreamer, or a change-maker, this challenge is your stage. Seize this opportunity, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and let your innovations light up the continent.
Apply today, and take a step towards a brighter, more sustainable future for Africa. Join the wave of energy innovation.
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