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:

  • You will network with your peers, share your knowledge
  • You will work with other utility professionals to put your ideas into practice to present an innovative solution to the posed challenge.
  • By joining the programme you have access to the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference programme where you will additionally be able to network with the policymakers, thought leaders and utility giants.

What Does The Young Talent Challenge Entail?

The Initiate! 3-day challenge is for postgraduate students enrolled at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, the University of Witwatersrand, and Strathmore University.

Four students will be selected to represent their university to complete a series of challenges where they'll have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the conference and exhibition. 

On the last day, students will be invited to our ‘Ideas Pitching Platform’ at the Training and Development workshop, where each team will have 5-10 minutes 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?

Not only could your team win great prizes, as a participant you will receive:

  • Paid-for economy flights to and from Cape Town, accommodation and meals
  • Incubate your innovation with our knowledge partner, The Innovation Hub
  • An opportunity to be interviewed by ESI Africa, Africa's leading power and energy journal, where you can showcase your research across Africa and the globe
  • A free pass to Enlit Africa valued at R12,500
  • Gain maximum exposure within a pool of the top power, energy and water decision-makers
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • Date to be confirmed for submissions

Entry Process

  • Submit your individual abstract
  • Individuals are selected by a Enlit Africa Advisory Board members
  • Based on your abstract, you could be selected to be part of your university team
  • You will be notified on the success of your entry and be informed of your team members by TBC

How do I Enter

You can simply enter online:

  Click Here To Enter Online


Complete the submission form with the below information and submit this to

Your submission should include:

  • Abstract Title:
    What is the biggest challenge in the current African energy sector and how would you propose to flip this around to being an opportunity? (maximum 500 words)
  • List three learning objectives you would want to take home. (maximum 100 words)
  • Your biography and a photograph 

Important Dates - Make a note!

Abstract Submission: TBC

Notification of Acceptance: TBC

Last day of registration: TBC

Final Competition: TBC

Meet the reigning winners of 2019!

During the first Initiate Impact Challenge a team from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya walked away with the grand prize of R20 000. They proposed an innovative concept to provide equitable energy access to remote villages based on, among others "{Uber)ising" solar energy.

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Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

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Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • Ntiyiso
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Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

Silver Sponsor

  • Nyamezela
  • Ntiyiso Consulting
  • Hauwei
  • Akilee

CEO Forum Partners

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

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa