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Interested in business solutions to off-grid energy access in Africa?  Watch finalists in the 11th annual competition present their business models supporting electricity access in Nigeria —and enjoy a networking lunch with the judges.

Join the 5 finalist teams from York University, IESE Business School, University of Colorado at BoulderCambridge Judge Business School, and Kellogg School of Management, and expert judges from the energy industry, academia and Okra (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 availableregister to save your spot!  

The annual competition sees student teams competing for $15k in prizes across 3 rounds to propose innovative business based solutions to a real problem faced by a partner company, 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. 

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 Energy Club’s generous Sponsors and the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke. The program engages graduate students from across the globe to solve clean energy access challenges in emerging economies. 

For questions about our 2023 Case Competition, contact Ben Egan (




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Coffee and Breakfast Bar

Opening Remarks

Team 1 Presentation


15-Minute Break

Team 2 Presentation


Team 3 Presentation


10-Minute Break


Team 4 Presentation


Team 5 Presentation


Networking Lunch

Announcing Winners and Closing Remarks

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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