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:
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.
Your proposed prototype model submission must not exceed 1- side of an A4 page and should include the following:
Submissions must be made online and email evidence of submission in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to email@example.com.
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:
The first round of submissions will be evaluated using the following attributes:
Open call for proposal: May 15, 2023
Early Proposal submission deadline: June 15, 2023
In-person Event & Past Winners Tag-up: July 18, 2023
Proposal submission deadline: August 31, 2023
Shortlist for the final round: September 15, 2023
Deadline for final submissions: October 15, 2023
Video pitch, posters & awards: Nov. 23, 2023.
Organizers reserve the right to fully adjust/modify any ofthe details provided in this document above the contest.