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 Interested in business solutions to off-grid energy access in Africa? Watch finalists in the 10th annual competition present their business models for a clean energy finance company in Sub-Saharan Africa—and enjoy a networking lunch with the judges.

Join the 5 finalist teams from Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, IESE Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, and Presidio Graduate School, and expert judges from the energy industry, academia and Nithio (this year’s contest partner) for the Final Round of the competition on November 7th from 8 am-3 pm at Fuqua School of Business. Breakfast and lunch will be provided! Limited spots for the networking lunch are available—register here to save your spot! 

75 teams representing universities from 11 countries from across the globe and 13 US states participated in this year’s challenge – the most diverse cohort since the competition’s inception. Vying for a chance to win $15,000 in prize money, participating teams worked on developing a business model for Nithio’s growth and diversification in the energy access financing market in the sub-Saharan African region. Nithio is an AI-driven platform for clean energy solutions financing that has standardized credit risk to catalyze billions of dollars of capital to address climate change and achieve universal energy access. 

Conducted in partnership with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke and the Duke MBA Energy Club, the annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition (EEMCC) engages graduate students from across the globe to solve clean energy access challenges in emerging economies.
More information about past competitions can be found here.

Join the event virtually: Link (Passcode: Nithio2022)




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Coffee and Breakfast Bar

Opening Remarks

Team 1 Presentation


10-Minute Break

Team 2 Presentation


Team 3 Presentation


10-Minute Break


Team 4 Presentation


Team 5 Presentation


Networking Lunch

Announcing Winners and Closing Remarks

You are cordially invited to the Energy Week Kick-Off Reception 6:00-8:00 pm. Register Here.

Panel of Judges

Below are the judges for the Final Round of the case competition. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet them in person and network during lunch. 

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