May 21, 2024
$80,000 grant funding awarded to Eight Clean-Energy Start-ups from 2022 NCIC/All On Incubation Program
– By Godswill Odiong

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All On,through its venture-building platform the All On Hub, in partnership with the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 edition of the annual incubation program for early-stage renewable energy entrepreneurs.They are: Retile, Let It Cold, Energy Assured, Nutrideen Agriculture Concepts, Danwawo Group, Swift Tranzact, SolarisGreentech Hub and Powerbox Energy Systems.

 

 

The incubation program, which started training new cohorts in May 2022, aims to contribute to the reduction of Nigeria’s energyaccess gap by building a pipeline of early-stage renewable energy enterprises with the potential to scale.

This year, the program received 290 applications from which 18 ventures were shortlisted and completed the 6-month incubation program conducted by the NCIC.

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, at a Demo Day event hosted at the All On Hub multi-purpose hall in Ikoyi, Lagos, the start-ups pitched their business plans to a seasoned, varied panel of judges for a chance to win $10,000 grant award funding. The Demo Day event marks the completion of the Embryo Incubation program (EIP).

In her address, All On CEO Caroline Eboumbou congratulated the participants and commended them for their dedication to supporting the clean energy transition with their bold ideas. She noted that the shared vision of All On and NCIC has been to groom early-stage clean energy entrepreneurs, providing them with the key ingredients to enable their dreams of impacting unserved communities a reality. She further charged the entrepreneurs not to relent and reaffirmed All On’scommitment to their continued development in the future.

The CEO of NCIC Mr. Bankole Oloruntoba reiterated the organization’s commitment to the growth of renewable energy start-ups in Nigeria. He reflected on the journey of the EIP noting that over 50 ideation-stage businesses have gone through the program. He thanked All On for its partnership which over the last three years has provided funding and capacitybuilding support to the renewable energy start-ups. Bankole charged the entrepreneurs to remain focused and maximize the resources available to them through the NCIC network to accelerate the growth of their businesses,drawing inspiration from notable alumni from the previous cohorts.

Of the eight (8) winning pitches, four (4)were delivered by women founders/CEOs – a notable sign of the positive strides being made by women entrepreneurs in the sector. The women-led ventures are: Let It Cold, Energy Assured, Danwawo and Solaris.

One of the female recipients of the $10,000 grant, Zainab Abdulwaheed, cofounder of Let It Cold, thanked All On and NCIC for the opportunity. “My business has benefited from my participation in the incubation program over the last six months, and we have improved our understanding of how a business operates,” she added.

According to judge Damilola Asaleye, Vice President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), “the innovative ideas during this year’s incubation program were outstanding, original, and demonstratedsustainability. The quality of the pitches wastop-notch. They all demonstrated that Africa and Nigeria can solve energy poverty with locally developed solutions. NCIC and All On are truly unlocking potential.”

The All On Hub manager, Sele Inegbedionaffirmed the success of the EIP over the last 3 years. “The All On Hub has deployed $240,000 to this program series in grant awards, and it has proven to be a worthwhile commitment. The progress made by alumni entrepreneurs is a testament to the value of this program, and the quality of pitch presentations at today’s event gives strong promise for the future of energy access in Nigeria. We look forward to continued partnership with NCIC, as we deepen our support to these bright ventures.” He added.

Some of the clean energy ideas presented at this year’s pitching event include solar-powered cooling systems, cold storagesolutions, solar home systems (SHS), solar generators, energy efficiency technologiesand biogas production.

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