Welcome to Business Plan Competition Application Page

How to apply ?

Prior to start your application, please do the following

1. Read the Application Guide

2. Fill the Application Form

Competition Context

  • Provide opportunities for capacity building, mentorship, and networking in the ROGEAP Business Bootcamp towards strengthening  their entrepreneurial skills,  and refining  their business models
  • Participation in the 2024 ESEF regional forum scheduled to take place in Abidjan and business plan pitch grant awards  

Objectives

  • To stimulate the development of innovation within the Off-Grid Electrification Sector’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Facilitate access to further financial and technical support schemes from ROGEAP or follow-on investment.
  • To promote and support sustainable, gender, social and environmental sensitive SMEs in the off grid solar sector. 
  • Identify and showcase promising business ideas and ventures that have the potential to make a significant impact in off-grid electrification, whether through technological innovation, business model innovation, or both.
  • Attract investment and financing for off-grid electrification projects by showcasing viable investment opportunities and connecting entrepreneurs with potential investors, including venture capitalists, impact investors, and development finance institutions.

Eligibility Phases

  • Stage 1 or 2 Standalone solar SME
  • Business owner that is a citizen of a ROGEAP country or that has a locally registered business.
  • Present a business plan to venture in off grid solar sector.
  • Must be willing to comply with environmental and social safeguards
  • Be willing to report performance during ROGEAP project phase period
  • Countries will be limited to the 13 countries eligible for support through DGIS and CTF: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. This group can be extended if additional donor MoU are realized.

Phase 1

A one-week regional bootcamp (60 winners )

Phase 2

Technical assistance (20)

Phase 3

Three prizes will be awarded during the Business Plan Competition :

1st Prize

$10,000

2nd Prize

$5,000

3rd Prize

$2,500

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