Apply Now: NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge 2023 |up to $10,000

Apply Now: NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge 2023 |up to $10,000

Apply Now: NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge 2023 |up to $10,000

The NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge 2023 is now accepting applications. The Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) is hosting the 8th Africa Energy Innovation Challenge, which invites early-stage energy entrepreneurs from across Africa to collaborate with local research institutions or industries to create 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

NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge Prizes

The finalists and winners will be selected by an independent panel of industry experts and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. It is anticipated that at least 1 winner per track will be awarded grant prizes with up to 20 shortlisted entries offered complimentary passes to fully participate in the 2023.

Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

  • Receive cash prize grants of up to USD $10,000 to demonstrate or scale the proposed solution;
  • Pitch their proposed prototype model at the 2023 Nigeria Energy Forum, using a poster and short video;
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young professionals as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in government, international development, academia and the private sector;
  • Attend business development workshops, receive support from a dedicated start-up incubator.

NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge Eligibility

  • Young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 years from Africa are invited to participate in the competition across any of the four (4) innovation tracks above.
  • Applications may be submitted by a team of at least three people. Teams may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries etc.
  • Individuals or teams may submit multiple applications.
  • Women-led teams are strongly encouraged to apply.

NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge Evaluation Criteria

The first round of submissions will be evaluated using the following attributes:

  • Local Content: utilize local resources, demonstrate use of local expertise, alternative energy services or efficient solutions for powering agriculture, education, healthcare, industries etc.; and be significant enough to impact large numbers of people, households and/or businesses.
  • Originality and creativity: present solutions that are original, creative in areas that are either underdeveloped or severely underdeveloped in research and literature.
  • Commercial Viability: proposed prototype model should be realistic, practical rather than just theory, cost efficient and outline commercial arrangements that address obvious roadblocks, using a specific prototype model.
  • Clarity: ideas should be presented in a clear and concise manner with realistic completion timeline.

NEF Africa Energy Innovation Challenge Application

Submissions must be made online and email evidence of submission in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to [email protected].

  • The Subject line of the email should follow the format: [Country] Title of the Project.
  • Submissions that exceed the page/word limit may be disqualified.
  • Shortlisted submissions would be invited to participate in the final round by submitting a 1-page poster to summarize their design, with detailed budget, 2-page Design Brief and a Short 2-minute video to pitch a prototype model of the proposed solution.

Deadline: August 31, 2023

For more information, visit Africa Energy Innovation Challenge.


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