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Register Your Team to Participate in the Case Competition​

Team registration closes September 10, 11:59 p.m. EDT. There is no fee to register. No late registrations will be accepted.

Interested in business solutions to off-grid energy access in Africa?  The 11th annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition invites graduate students from across the globe to solve real world, clean energy access challenges in emerging economies. Part of Energy Week at Duke, the competition is organized by the MBA Energy Club at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and is sponsored by the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke.

The 2023 competition will see student teams competing for $15,000 in prizes to propose innovative business based solutions to a real problem faced by our partner, Okra Solar, a company whose mesh-grid products have energized 14,000+ individuals and have the goal of bringing affordable, reliable, and productive energy access to all. Okra provides Internet-of-Things enabled hardware and software to help developers profitably energize remote last-mile communities. 

Last year, the competition attracted participation from 75 teams across more than 30 schools located in France, Ghana, India, Mali, Nigeria, and more. A total of $15,000 were awarded to the winning student teams from Cambridge, Presidio, and Duke. Learn more about last year's competition and see a summary of past competitions.

TEAM RULES: Teams are to be composed of a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of five (5) full-time graduate students. All team members must represent the same university. Participants from any university worldwide are encouraged to sign up—the final round will be held in a hybrid mode to accommodate for finalists who are not able to travel to Duke. We encourage participants to ensure finance expertise on the team as the case will require substantial finance knowledge and understanding. 


September 10 - Registration closes

September 12 – Round 1 case released via email to registered participants

September 22 – Round 1 submission deadline

October 3 – Round 2 finalists announced and case released

October 13 – Round 2 submission deadline

October 24 – Top 5 finalists announced

November 7 – Final Round presentations and winners announced

Register your team by September 10, 11:59 pm EDT.

For questions about our 2023 Case Competition, contact Mohamed Ramadan (


Interested in becoming one of the sponsors of 2023 Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition at Duke?

 Contact Sisi Wu ( and Larissa de Andrade (

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