2017 Africa Energy Ideas Competition

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Culled from: https://www.thenef.org/contest
Apply at: https://www.thenef.org/contest

About the Competition

The Africa Energy Ideas Competition is for early-stage business ideas. Across Africa, the key energy challenge is how to electrify millions of households, remote communities and small-scale entrepreneurs as quickly as possible. This competition engages young professionals from Africa to develop innovative ideas with a focus on solutions that are sustainable, affordable and commercially viable to urgently tackle the African energy challenge. It is supported by the NEF2017 corporate sponsors.

Eligibility and how to apply

Young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 years from Africa are invited to participate in the competition. Applications may be submitted by individuals or a team of up to three people. Teams may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries etc. Individuals or teams may submit multiple applications.

Competition Guidelines

Your submission must not exceed 1-side of an A4 page and should include the following:
§    Project Title    
§    Authors               
§   Your      solution     (250 words)                 
§    Expected    impact    (50 words)

Prizes and Recognition

The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:
§    Present their ideas at the 2017 Nigeria Energy Forum, in
Lagos, Nigeria.
§    Benefit from unique networking opportunities with other
young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in government, international development, academia and the private sector.
§    Attend  a  range  of  business  development  workshops,
receive support from a dedicated start-up incubator and a cash prize of up to $1,000.

Evaluation Criteria

The first round of submissions will be evaluated using the following attributes:
1.     Significance:  alternative  energy  services  for  powering
agriculture, education, healthcare, MSMEs etc.; and be significant enough to impact large numbers of people, households and/or businesses.
2.     Originality  and  creativity:  present  solutions  that  are
original, creative in areas that are either underdeveloped or severely underdeveloped in research and literature.
3.     Feasibility:  submissions  should  be  realistic,  practical
rather than just theory, cost efficient and outline commercial     arrangements     that     address     obvious

§    Short  abstract  (5words)
§    Problem Statemen(50 words)
§     Are        there        similar examples? (50 words)
§     Challenges roadblocks, using a specific case study(50 words)

4.     Clarity: ideas should be presented in a clear and concise manner.


1.             Deadline for proposal submission: May 20, 2017

2.             Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: June 10, 2017

3.             Deadline for final submissions: June 20, 2017
4.             Announcement of winners: July 4, 2017.


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