The NEF 4th Energy Innovation Challenge is set to upscale the
development of early-stage energy firms across Africa. Across
Africa, the main energy challenge is to rapidly deliver modern
energy services to millions of households and businesses using
sustainable and affordable energy technologies.
This competition challenges early-stage energy entrepreneurs from
Africa to collaborate with local research institutions or industries
to develop practical and sustainable energy products/services/prototype models for a social enterprise or energy management system using local resources.
Young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 years from
Africa are invited to participate in the competition and
nominate a relevant local research institution or organization.
Applications may be submitted by a team of up to three
At least 1 member of the team must be from the local
research institution or industry. Teams may be formed across
different schools, institutions, companies, countries etc.
Individuals or teams may submit multiple applications.
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:
1. Pitch their proposed solution/service/prototype model at
the 2019 Nigeria Energy Forum, in Lagos, Nigeria, using a
poster and short 2-minute video.
2. 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.
1. Attend business development workshops, receive support
from start-up incubators and cash investment prize of up to
USD 5,000 to demonstrate proposed solution in host
community determined in collaboration with organizers.
Your proposed prototype model submission must not exceed 1-
side of an A4 page and should include the following:
1. Project Title 2. Your solution (250 words)
2. Partner Institution or
3. Expected impact (50
4. Short abstract (50
5. Design tools and method
6. Problem Statement
7. Estimated costs and
timeline (50 words)
Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to
email@example.com. The subject line of the email should follow the
format: [Country] Title of the Project.
Submissions that exceed the word count 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 describe a prototype model of the proposed
Deadline for proposal submission: January 31, 2019
Announcement of submissions selected for the final
round: February 20, 2019
Deadline for final submissions: March 13, 2019
Announcement of winners: April 9, 2019.