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Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) African Competition 2020 | Apply Now

This is to inform you all that the Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF Competition) for 2020 is out and ongoing. The Africa Energy Ideas Competition that is set to accelerate the development of early-stage energy firms across Africa. Successful candidates for the 2020 Africa Energy Ideas Competition stand a chance of being rewarded hugely. Continue reading for full details…
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Eligible Countries

 African countries

To Be Taken At (Country)

Lagos, Nigeria

Course Level

Contest, Entrepreneurship

NEF Competition Eligibility Criteria 2020

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 people. 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.

Selection Criteria

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

Local Content

utilize local resources, demonstrate the 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.


ideas should be presented in a clear and concise manner with realistic completion timeline.

 Africa Energy Ideas NEF Competition Worth

 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:
⇒  Pitch their proposed prototype model at the 2018 Nigeria Energy Forum, in Lagos, Nigeria, using a poster and short video.
⇒   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 $3,000 to demonstrate the proposed solution.

How to Apply for NEF Competition 2020

Your proposed prototype model submission must not exceed 1-side of an A4 page and should include the following:
  • Project Title
  • Your solution (250 words)
  • Partner Institution or Industry
  • Expected impact (50 words)
  • Short abstract (50 words)
  • Design tools and method (50 words)
  • Problem Statement (50 words)
  • Estimated costs and timeline (50 words)
  • Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to
  • 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 a detailed budget, 2-page Design Brief, and a Short 2-minute video to describe a prototype model of the proposed solution.

Scholarship Application Deadline

  1. Deadline for proposal submission: 30th January, 2020
  2. Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: 14th February, 2020
  3. Deadline for final submissions: 28th February 2020
  4. Announcement of winners: 1st April, 2020.

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