First editionGreen Africa Innovation Contest

1. CONTEXT AND OBJECTIFS

The Green Africa Innovation Contest is an annual competition of innovation in Morocco and aims to make Africa a recognized hub of innovation by igniting a new narrative for our continent, strengthening its economic future and building the spirit of green innovation throughout the African community.

By organizing this event, IRESEN encourage excellency in the green energy and aims to support R&D and Innovation in Africa. For this, several pitching sessions will be organized during two days for more than 100 start-ups coming from Africa, Europe, Asia and America. The Green Africa Innovation Contest will decern three categories of candidates:

• Best innovative startups

• Best innovative R&D project

• Best Ph-D thesis


An international jury will come together to honor the creative spirit by recognizing R&D and the most innovative new products/processes/services with high potential for introduction in the market, in the fields of green and sustainable energy.

2. TOPICS

These awards recognize R&D and the most dynamic, innovative researchers, entrepreneurs and startups who launched a new products/processes/services in the following topics:

Renewable energies

Energy Efficiency

Smart grid

Sustainable mobility

Energy storage

New energies


3. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

All interested researchers, entrepreneurs and startups are invited to participate in the competition of Green Africa Innovation Awards. After two days of pitching sessions, finalists will be selected by a jury composed by relevant and knowns personalities. Award ceremony will be celebrated for the nomination of the best R&D project, best Ph-D thesis and best innovative startups for 2017.

1) Requirements for Award of Best Ph-D Thesis:

• Year of graduation of Ph-D thesis: 2015, 2016 or 2017

• The subject of the Ph-D thesis must be in relation with the topics cited in point 2

• The results of the works of the Ph-D thesis must aim to applied research linked to market


2) Requirements for Award of Best Innovative R&D project:

• The subject of the R&D project must be in relation with the topics cited in point 2

• Minimum two international publications and/or one patent in the framework of the R&D project

• The results of the works of the R&D project must be linked to market and socio-economic development

The R&D project must be in progress or completed after 2015


3) Requirements for Award of Best startups:

• New products/processes/services developed by start-ups must be in relation with the topics cited in point 2

• New products/processes/services developed by start-ups must be innovative

• Existence of approved prototype and/or demonstrator is highly appreciated


4. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

All participants must send, by E-Mail, the following documents, the deadline is July 10th 2017:

1) Award of Best Ph-D Thesis:

• Curriculum Vitae of the participant

• Summary of Ph-D Thesis (no more than 2 pages)

• Copy of international publications and/or patents


2) Award of Best Innovative R&D project:

• Curriculum Vitae of the participant

• Summary of results of the R&D project (no more than 5 pages)

• Copy of international publications and/or patents

• Funding sources of the R&D project


3) Award of Best Startups:

• Curriculum Vitae of the founder

• Copy of Patents and international publications

• Summary of new products/processes/services developed by the Start-up (no more than 5 pages)


5. CRITERIA

The following criteria will be highly appreciated by the jury:

• The scientific and technological quality of presentations and expositions to the jury

• Innovative character of the works presented and its socio-economic and environmental impact

• Feasibility and viability of projects

• Quality of publications, Patents, Prototypes and demonstrators


6. CONTACT

Dr. Rachid EL MRABET

Research Institute in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN)

Address : 16, Rue Amir Sidi Mohamed, Souissi, Rabat - MOROCCO

Phone : +212 (0) 537 68 22 36

Mobile : +212 (0) 657 89 49 77

Fax : +212 (0) 537 68 88 52


E-Mail : elmrabet@iresen.org greenaib@iresen.org