Ngozi Deborah Atalor is a solar energy entrepreneur with serious promise.
The winner og this N1 million prize money, is Ngozi Deborah Atalor, a Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE entrepreneur. She won the pitching competition for young entrepreneurs in the alternative energy sector.
That’s not all. Just a month ago, she won a $5,000 merit category prize in the Shell LiveWIRE top 10 innovators competition, a global content open to beneficiaries of Shell LiveWIRE. The aim of this prize was to reward exemplary cases of innovation in business.
Ngozi Deborah Atalor is the Managing Director of De-Rahbs Energy Services, a company that specialises in solar panel construction, installation, and maintenance.
Following the judges’ assessment, her pitch presented the most convincing and realizable solution.
The first and second runners-up, Prince Ledee Basi and Ibiere Gilbert David respectively.
Basi’s Basiled Energy Ventures offers renewable energy, safety wears, and sensitisation services on the use of solar products. David’s Ibdav Resources on the other hand, provides bio-fuel clean cook stoves.
They both received N500,000 each for their efforts.
The three startups are from the LiveWIRE entrepreneurial programme for youths in the Niger Delta. In addition to the cash prizes, the 3 entrepreneurs would also receive coaching support from Cc-Hub.
said Igo Weli, the General Manager External Relations of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), said:
“There is energy transition as we speak and things are changing towards cleaner energy. Nigeria should be part of those solutions that would sustain the globe going forward. What we have done with the #makethefuture campaign Accelerator event here in Port Harcourt is to provide the platform for young Nigerian energy entrepreneurs to share their ideas on how they can be part of providing power solutions.”
LiveWIRE, he said, has produced 6,580 Niger Delta entrepreneurs since 2003.
Chief Executive Officer All-on Partnership for Energy Access, a firm supporting and investing in energy solutions providers, Dr. Wiebe Boer, and other alternative energy experts led discussion sessions with the young entrepreneurs.