WACEE goes greener

The WACEE Challenge 2019

Accra International Conference Center

6 - 8 November, 2019

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The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana) is organizing an idea challenge dubbed, “WACEE Challenge” to encourage ideas on innovative approach in the West African energy and environmental ecosystems. This is a prelude to launch the new concept of the West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference (WACEE 2019), branded: “WACEE goes greener!”, which will take place from 6th –8th November 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

The challenge consists of two phases, with each phase tailored to increase participation around West Africa. At the first submission phase, very limited amount of information is required, making it quick and easy to share. The qualifying participants for the second phase will be asked to submit once more a brief, but more in-depth information.

We are looking for ground-breaking ideas and strategies to create a sustainable West African energy and environmental ecosystems. This initiative is in line with the theme of the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

Grab the opportunity to present your innovative idea on an international platform at WACEE’19. WACEE Challenge invites all startups, NGOs, schools and companies within the West African sub-region to submit their ideas under the following areas of interest




Circular Economy



The WACEE Challenge Process

The selection of the WACEE challenge 2019 will be done in 2 phases. In phase 1, participants will submit a one-page summary and a short video (2 minutes maximum) clearly defining the problem(s) and proposing groundbreaking solutions.

Selected finalists will present a more detailed concept in phase 2 and pitch their proposed solution to a panel of judges. Each presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the jury. The judges will select the winners who will be invited to attend WACEE’19, receive a stand for free and present their business model on stage to the visitors.

Phase 1 Deadline: Monday, 10 June 2019(midnight)

Who can participate?

• WACEE Challenge is open to startups, NGOs, schools and companies in West Africa

• Participants must be less than 5 years old in operation at the time of submission of the idea

• Individuals who are interested in participating in the WACEE’19 challenge should be at least 18 years old

Scoring criteria
We invite ideas that are ambitious, impactful and able to have measurable impacts. Your submission should contain:

• A description of the problem and geographical area

• A presentation of the solution you have come up with to resolve above-mentioned problems

• An overview of activities such as what will be done, what won’t be done, and what the result will look like

WACEE Challenge

For more information on participation & sponsorship, contact: challenge@wacee.net