Call for Applications: Smart Villages Energy Innovation Challenge 2016

Deadline: 16 April 2016

Smart Villages and the Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI) are currently inviting applications from young aspiring East African entrepreneurs for the Energy Innovation Challenge 2016, in order to support their ideas for social businesses that can run on off-grid energy.

Priority Areas

The possible areas to be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Mobile-phone-based businesses
  • Innovative methods of agriculture processing or storage
  • Waste management and sanitation
  • Ideas for improvements to education or healthcare.

Award Information

Finalists will win a spot in the seven-week DAREnterprisers course and the opportunity to develop business skills, build their network, meet peers for collaboration and win $3000 start-up capital.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals and teams of up to three people may apply for this competition. Applicants must be:

  • A current student or recent graduate (within two years) at an East African university or higher learning institution.
  • Students across all areas of study are invited to apply. This is a youth entrepreneurship competition and applicants must be 30 years or younger to apply. Gender balance may also be considered during assessment. As teamwork is a key element to the success of a business, priority will be given to teams of two or three people ahead of individuals. Individuals may apply and may be chosen if their idea is particularly promising and scores highly across other selection categories.
  • Current students may be eligible to receive practical training credit. Students from outside Ardhi, DIT and UDSM will need to contact their universities directly to confirm.

How to Apply

The contest is divided into two phases.

  1. Idea generation and application
  2. Training and development

Applicants are required to submit an application form with their details and proposed idea through an online process.

For more information, please visit Energy Innovation Challenge 2016.