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September 28, 2020
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Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre Completes All On Hub-Sponsored 2020 Embryo Incubation Program

The winners of the 2020 edition of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre’s (NCIC) Embryo Incubation Program, sponsored by the All On Hub, were announced today on the Power Solutions Radio Show on Nigeria Info FM in Lagos and online. They are: Afrinet Power, Bin Energy, Climate Innovation Motors, Homefort Energy, MySolarBid, Quadcycle Nigeria, Sollef and Quadloop.

Twelve renewable energy start-ups have successfully completed a 16-week incubation program run by the NCIC and funded and supported by off-grid energy impact investment companyAll On, via its technical support facility the All On Hub.

The participants received training and support in a variety of areas aimed at developing their business knowledge and commercial skillset. Such aspectsincluded strategy and planning, product development, regulatory environment, marketing, finance and fund-raising.

“We were very impressed by the quality of the business pitches made by the ventures at the end of the entire training program. The overall standard speaks to the hard work and commitment of the entrepreneurs, the quality of our training facilitators and the potential of the ventures,” said CEO of NCIC, Bankole Oloruntoba. “We are pleased to announce that the best eight business pitches will each be awarded a $10,000 grant to further develop their business ideas.”

The All On Hub, which is funded and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, oversaw the coordination of the training events, with team members traveling to the various centres to ensure adequacy of the facilities and smooth running of the training sessions. The program transitioned to virtual training to overcomedisruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Hub was created to build a pipeline of sustainable off-grid energy businesses in Nigeria, which can help provideelectricity powered by renewable energy to some of the 28 million households and 11 million Small and Medium Enterprises that still lack access to reliable on-grid energy in the country.

“We are pleased to have partnered with NCIC by sponsoringthis program which groomed 12 energy entrepreneurs, taking their innovations from mere ideas to proper, marketable business concepts,” saidAll On Hub Manager, Sele Inegbedion. “This underscores our unwavering commitment to support the development of the Nigerian off-grid energy sector in order to close the country’s access-to-energy gap.”

Some innovations from the winning business ideas include thedevelopment of electric vehicles and charging stations, energy efficiency technologies, biogas production and systems built on IoT technology.

About the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center

Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) was created in 2018 by the World Bank and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Office of the Vice President with the mandate to lead the growth of the Nigerian green economy in developing and deploying solutions to climate change challenges, with footprints in venture development, green investment and capacity building services to climate-smart entrepreneurs. NCIC’s primary thematic areas of engagement include renewable energy, waste management, smart agriculture and innovative water solutions.

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