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VENTURES AFRICA – Energy management specialist Schneider Electric is inviting African students to take part in its 2014 global business challenge, ‘Go Green in the City’ which would focus on innovative energy solutions around the world.
A total of 217 African students, representing 21 countries, have already signed up for the upcoming edition.
These students primarily come from Nigeria (83 applications), Algeria (29 applications), Morocco (23 applications), Ghana (18 applications), South Africa (17 applications), and Egypt (12 applications).
“The young generation in Africa is increasingly aware of the mounting electricity and energy needs which go hand in hand with social progress and environmental protection,” said Mohammed Saad, President of Schneider Electric in Africa.
Saad added: “The challenge lies not only in producing more electricity, but also in generating smart energy so as to enable intelligent growth in Africa.”
He said the project would consolidate Schneider’s reputation as a leader in green energies.
By February next year, 100 best students would have been short-listed and have one month to work with a mentor from Schneider Electric to present a synopsis and video outlining their business case.
The top 12 teams will then be invited to Paris in June 2014 to take part in the final. The winning team will travel to various Schneider Electric sites across the world and meet with staff and management from the Group.
They will also be offered a permanent position within the Group.