Call for Pitch Decks - open to tertiary institution student teams in Nigeria only

Tertiary Institutions Energy Pitch Challenge (TIEC) aims to promote student-led clean energy innovations, awareness, and investments across higher education institutions in Nigeria. In 2023, the TIEC was co-created by NEF and sponsored by All On, an impact investment firm. TIEC2024 will gather high-impact energy innovations across student teams from tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Shortlisted teams will be invited to Pitch ideas live in-person/hybrid at the 9th Nigeria Energy Forum at Marcellina Centre, Along Radisson Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos, Nigeria. Winning teams will be awarded a share of over 3 million Naira. The 2024 key themes are: (i) Powering Agribusiness; (ii) Energizing Healthcare; (iii) Local Manufacturing & (iv) Cleaner Production.

Guidelines & Eligibility Criteria

Open to Tertiary Institution students in Nigeria only.

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Stage 1: Submit Pitch Deck (with maximum 7 slides) to outline idea, problem statement, innovation potential and impact;
Stage 2: Shortlisted entries invited to present a Poster to illustrate concept, technical design, delivery plan and cost/benefit analysis at NEF2024 Day 1;
Stage 3: Finalists invited to submit 90seconds video pitch to summarize innovation

  1. A share of 3.5 million Naira USD grants to be awarded to winning teams to pilot/upscale project prototype. 1.5M First Prize; 1.1M 2nd Prize & 0.9M 3rd Prize.
  2. At least 2 student representatives (comprising at least 1 woman and 1man) of each shortlisted teams MUST be accompanied by 1 faculty staff member; and will be offered complimentary registration,
  3. Hotel accommodation & travel/logistics support; to fully participate in NEF2024 technical, training, networking, capacity building sessions, and Live Pitch Finals to be held on Tues. 9th July 2024 in Lagos.
  • Teams must be formed by undergraduate/masters students, registered in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, including universities, polytechnics, technical colleges & other degree-awarding institutions;
  • Teams may be formed across different departments/faculty within an institution to foster collaboration and innovation;
  • A faculty/institutional staff member MUST mentor student teams. Student chapters of professional institutions including, IEEE/NiMechE/NSE and others are also encouraged to apply; and
  • Gender equity/balance in team composition is strongly encouraged & MUST be implemented across all stages of the project from ideation to delivery.
  • Past TIEC Winners are strongly encouraged to serve as ambassadors, by promoting the opportunity across their region, and mentoring upcoming teams rather than re-submitting previous entries.

Key Dates:

7th May 2024 – Stage 1: Submit Pitch Deck (with a maximum of 7 slides) to outline the idea, problem statement, proposed innovation solution; cost-benefit analysis; team composition, and impact.
9th June 2024 – Notification of Shortlist entries to proceed to Stage 2 & Stage 3;
17th June 2024 – Stage 2: Shortlisted entries submit a 1-page Poster to illustrate the concept, technical design, delivery plan, & cost/benefit analysis. Upload a 1-minute Pitch video by the team on social media.
8th-9th July. 2024 – Stage 3: Arrival in Lagos; Poster Presentation; Live Pitch Finals & Awards at NEF2024
21st Nov. 2024 – Winners to submit 120-seconds video & present highlights of progress & grant impact.

Round 2
& Round 3 

Eligibility for Round 2:

Teams are to be concise in summarizing proposition in this Round.
– The Top 10 teams shortlisted from Round 1 will be invited to nominate up to 3 representatives, comprising 2 students (including at least 1 woman) plus 1 faculty, who will attend training and Present Poster and Pitch a proposed solution at Round 2 finals on 9th July.
– Posters must not exceed 1 Page and are expected to briefly describe the proposed solution, technical design, economic feasibility, timescales for developing prototype/trial, proposed business model, and target users/market.
– Posters must be submitted by June 9th, 2024, and these will be assessed by the independent panel of judges.
– Also, Valid Proof of Studentship and Staff ID must be provided for representative 2 students and 1 faculty for each team.
– On 9th July 2024, Posters will be presented by each of the 10 teams to participants, from 8.30 am.

Eligibility for Round 3:

Teams MUST use creative prototypes to enhance quality of elevator Pitch.
– The Top 5 or 6 teams shortlisted from Round 1 & 2 will be invited to make a 2-minute Live Pitch to demonstrate the proposed energy innovation solution.
– Team Pitches MUST be accompanied by optional visual illustrations/aids such as prototypes/models/simulations to enhance the pitch quality & delivery.
– This will be followed by 3-minutes interactive Q&A with panel of assessors; and then a 1-minute closing statement by Teams; after which judges will record scores/grades.
– The average of independent expert panel scores with weighting indicated in brackets will be taken across Round 1 (30%), Round 2 (30%), and Round 3 (40%), to determine winners
– The top 3 winners will be awarded grants, and progress monitored across July to October to identify how the ideas develop, and the most successful project(s) will be invited to present progress at the 21st Nov. Webcast..