Monday, October 8, 2007

Attention Entrepreneurs--Lighting Africa Grant Competition

The World Bank is offering grants of up to $200,000 per.

From the Press Release:
A Competition for the Design and Delivery of Innovative Lighting Products

The Development Marketplace team of the World Bank Group launches today a grant competition entitled “Innovations in Off-Grid Lighting Products and Services for Africa.” The competition will reward project ideas that address the various off-grid lighting needs of Sub-Saharan Africa, including alternative distribution models, new clean lighting technology, stronger production chains, and improvement of the policy environment.

Ten to 20 winners will receive grant funding up to $200,000.

The competition is open to a broad range of innovators around the world, including private businesses, nongovernmental organizations, universities, government entities, and individuals.
Lead sponsors include the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, the Global Environment Facility, and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility. Other supporters include Good Energies Inc., the governments of Norway and Luxembourg, the European Commission, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 23:00 GMT on October 31, 2007.

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