Young Talent Challenge

The industry needs your talent and ideas!

The Initiate! Young Talent Programme welcomes students and young professionals about to graduate and ready to work in the industry or under 35 and working for a utility - join us!

Why You Should Apply To Participate In The Young Talent Challenge:

  • The winner will receive a cash prize of R3000
  • The winner of the Young Talent Challenge is featured in the Africa Elites Magazine
  • The winner will get a global mentorship supported by key industry role players
  • Winning the Young Talent Challenge scores you an interview on ESI Africa, Africa's leading power and energy journal, where you can showcase your research across Africa and the globe
  • This is a unique opportunity to not only shape the future but also start establishing a sound and professional personal brand, taking your career to the next level
  • Be seen as a thought leader in the industry
  • Network and work with some of the industry’s brightest minds
  • The Initiate Young Talent Challenge is your gateway to the future, presenting you with a platform to be seen and heard by key industry figures 
  • Gain maximum exposure within a pool of the top power, energy and water decision-makers
  • Learn about career opportunities in Africa’s energy sector

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Submissions close 20 May 2021

What Does The Young Talent Challenge Entail?

The Initiate! Young Talent Challenge is a competition for postgraduate students enrolled at universities in Africa. Four students will be selected to represent their university to complete a series of challenges which give them an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Enlit Africa digital conference and exhibition. This is an opportunity to disrupt the industry with innovative and a new ways of thinking.

During the digital event, the Young Talent finalists will have the opportunity to present their solution to the audience of Enlit Africa Connect. Each team also has a 5-10 minutes opportunity to pitch their innovation to a prestigious committee of judges.
 

Ready to make an impact in the power and energy sector? Here's what you need to enter

Simply click on the boxes to find out more about entering the contest:

Why Enter?

  • The winner will receive a cash prize of R3000
  • The winner of the Young Talent Challenge is featured in the Africa Elites Magazine
  • The winner will get a global mentorship supported by key industry role players
  • Winning the Young Talent Challenge scores you an interview on ESI Africa, Africa's leading power and energy journal, where you can showcase your research across Africa and the globe
  • This is a unique opportunity to not only shape the future but also start establishing a sound and professional personal brand, taking your career to the next level
  • Be seen as a thought leader in the industry
  • Network and work with some of the industry’s brightest minds
  • The Initiate Young Talent Challenge is your gateway to the future, presenting you with a platform to be seen and heard by key industry figures 
  • Gain maximum exposure within a pool of the top power, energy and water decision-makers
  • Learn about career opportunities in Africa’s energy sector

Submissions close 20 May 2021

Entry Process

  • Submit your individual abstract
  • Individuals are selected by the Initiate Advisory Board members
  • Based on your abstract, you could be selected to be part of your university team
  • You will be notified about the success of your entry and  your team members by 25 May 2021.

How do I Enter

You can simply enter online:
  Click Here To Enter Online

                   Or

Complete the submission form with the below information and submit this to nazlee.fredericks@clarionevents.com

Your submission should include:

  • Abstract Title:
  • What is currently the biggest challenge facing the African energy sector and how do you propose flipping this around to being an opportunity? (maximum 500 words)
  • List three learning objectives you want to take away from the Talent Challenge. (maximum 100 words)
  • Your biography and a photograph 

Download The Submission Form Here

Important Dates - Make a note!

  • Abstract Submission: 20 May 2021 
  • Notification of Acceptance: 25 May 2021
  • Competition Final Question Issued: 25 May 2021
  • Competition Presentation: 2 June 2021 - to be aired 9-10 June
  • Finale at Enlit Africa- 9-10 June 2021
  • Winner Announcement: 10 June 2021 (during digital Enlit Africa)
     

The reigning winners of the Initiate Young Talent Challenge 

Hail from Strathmore University, Kenya. These thought leaders included engineering students Ignatius Maranga, Raymond Kiyegga, economics student Fredrick Amariati and cyber specialist Alex Osunga.

University Partnerships

We are constantly looking for universities dedicated to working with students who can make a difference in accelerating the energy transition. Join the Initiate! community and we will make sure to work with you to promote your cause, your university and your students.


By becoming one of our partners we will connect your selected students to those industry professionals who can truly accelerate their careers and their opportunities.

Testimonials

  • “Initiate! was an AMAZING EXPERINCE! Initiate exposes you to a network with like-minded students and industry partners.”
    Johann Bierman
    Master’s in Electrical Engineering University: Stellenbosch
  • “Initiate is a great opportunity for learning and connecting with power and energy leaders from across the globe.”
    Carol Ngwenya
    PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Department of chemical Engineering
  • “Initiate! is a brilliant initiative. I'm so happy, I participated.”
    Olufemi Olayiwola
    Electrical Engineering University: University of Cape Town
  • “Initiate! Increased my network with working professionals and strong MSc and PhD students."
    Chelsea Tucker
    University: University of Cape Town

Got more questions? Get in touch!

Get in touch with our Initiate! project lead to discuss the various options.

Project leader: Naz Fredericks

Email: nazlee.fredericks@clarionevents.com

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 001 3822 / +27 (0) 71 404 1142

Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

Gold Sponsor

  • Lucy Electric
  • Conlog
  • Landis+Gyr
  • General Electric

 

Silver Sponsor

  • Brady
  • Canada Pavilion
  • G3-PLC
  • IFS
  • Oracle
  • IEEMA
  • Power Africa
  • Longi Solar
  • PRIME Alliance
  • Toshiba

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamezela
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Apua Asea

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • Ntiyiso
  • Salga-logo

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi
  • SAIEE
  • FEENIX