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The Energy-X Contest

Nigeria Energy is excited to announce the launch of The Energy-X Contest, a pivotal initiative aimed at fostering innovation and raising awareness in the clean energy sector. This inaugural Idea Contest seeks to identify and empower emerging leaders passionate about driving the energy transition in Nigeria. By nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship among university students and young graduates, it aims to catalyze the development of groundbreaking ideas and ventures in alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Application deadline 8 July 2024
Shortlisted teams notified 21 July 2024
Future Incubation Program/Pitch Day (virtual) - Learn more 2 - 7 September 2024
Contest Finale Day at Nigeria Energy Conferences 15 - 17 October 2024

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be young professionals residing in Nigeria, aged between 18 and 32 years old

  • Submissions are open to both individuals and teams

  • Team compositions are encouraged to be interdisciplinary, fostering collaboration and innovation and the team lead within the age limit

  • Each applicant or team must have a faculty member, industry leader, or mentor to serve as referee providing guidance throughout the contest

  • Gender equity and balance are strongly encouraged



  • Interested participants must complete the application form available on the Nigeria Energy website
  • The idea should be in the pre-seed/early stage category

  • Submissions must include a Pitch Deck outlining the proposed idea, problem statement, innovation potential, expected impact, and commercial viability

  • The individual or the team should be able to cover their travel, accommodation and logistics to Lagos for Nigeria Energy

    Team composition

  • Teams may consist of members with diverse backgrounds and expertise, promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration

  • Each team must have a designated mentor from academia or industry to provide guidance and support throughout the contest

Evaluation Criteria

  • Uniqueness and creativity of the proposed idea

  • Relevance to the energy sector and alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 7

  • Feasibility and potential for implementation

  • Commercial viability and scalability.


  • The top 3 shortlisted entries will have the opportunity to present their projects at the Technical Seminar at Nigeria Energy in October 2024

  • Three finalists will be selected during the conference, receiving substantial support to further develop their ideas and ventures

  • The winner will be offered the global exposure to showcase their idea at the Middle East Energy 2025 in Dubai (the trip will be covered by Informa Markets), leading to valuable partnerships, media attention and access to potential investors. Additionally, the winner will be awarded a grant prize at Nigeria Energy 2024

  • The runners-up will be recognized with prizes at Nigeria Energy 2024 

  • The top 15 selected entries will go through a virtual business incubation program to develop their ideas to profitable ventures. On the completion of the program, the shortlisted 15 entries will be offered a complimentary delegate pass worth $500 to the Nigeria Energy Leadership Summit, an opportunity to network with C-level executives from the energy value chain

  • Participants will gain exposure to industry professionals, potential investors, and mentors within the energy sector

Got any questions?

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