NEF Tertiary Institutions Energy Pitch Challenge 2024 (up to 3.5 million)
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NEF Tertiary Institutions Energy Pitch Challenge 2024 (up to 3.5 million)

Call For Applications: NEF Tertiary Institutions Energy Pitch Challenge 2024 (up to 3.5 million)

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.

2024 Themes

The 2024 key themes are:

  • Powering Agribusiness
  • Energizing Healthcare
  • Local Manufacturing
  • Cleaner Production


  • 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.


  • A share of 3.5 million Naira USD grants to be awarded to winning teams to pilot/upscale project prototypes.
    • First Prize – 1.5 Million Naira
    • 2nd Prize – 1.1 Million Naira
    • 3rd Prize – 0.9 Million Naira
  • At least 2 student representatives (comprising at least 1 female and 1 male) of each shortlisted teams MUST be accompanied by 1 faculty staff member, and will be offered complimentary registration,
  • Hotel accommodation & travel/logistics support; to fully participate in NEF2024 technical, training, networking, capacity building sessions, and Live Pitch Finals to be held on Tuesday, 9 July 2024 in Lagos.

Application Process

  • Stage 1: Submit Pitch Deck (with a maximum of 7 slides) to outline the idea, problem statement, innovation potential, and impact;
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted entries invited to present a Poster to illustrate the concept, technical design, delivery plan, and cost/benefit analysis at NEF2023 Day 1;
  • Stage 3: Finalists are invited to submit a 90seconds video pitch to summarize innovation

Deadline: May 7, 2024

Click HERE to Apply