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Pitch about Your Clean Technology Solution and

Be Part of Ethiopia’s Green Economy

Call for Pitch Competition


The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) is established by the World Bank’s infoDev Climate Technology Program to accelerate the development, deployment, and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies. The Center provides early stage financing and capacity building services to enable local enterprises to proactively and profitably develop innovative climate technology solutions that meet local needs. The ECIC operates with support from the United Kingdom’s UKAid as well as the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and in line with the Government of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy. The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) is implemented by a consortium led by the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network (HoA-REC&N) of Addis Ababa University.

ECIC Mission

The Ethiopia CIC aims to provide a holistic set of early-stage financing, business support and capacity building services to the Ethiopian private sector, working to develop, launch and grow innovative climate technology ventures that promote Ethiopia’s Climate Resilience and Green Economy.

Pitch Competition

The Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) is now inviting climate technology individual entrepreneurs, startup companies or growth companies to participate in a Pitch Competition. The winners of the Pitch Competition will receive monetary reward. The benefits of the program are far greater than the monetary rewards as the participants will gain valuable experience in pitching/presenting their deals to qualified investors, service providers, and potential partners. The Pitch competition awards are Birr 5,000 for first prize winner, Birr 3000 for second prize winner, Birr 2000 for third prize winner and Birr 1000 for the audience favorite.


What to Expect in the Pitch Competition?

The Pitch competition involves making a five minute presentation about your climate technology business idea to Pitch competition judges and an audience comprising of bankers, micro-finance institution representatives, donors, government representatives, the business community, pitch contestants and other stakeholders


The Pitch Competition is targeting entrepreneurs, startups and existing companies in Ethiopia that are developing an innovative new product or business model within the clean technology/climate change mitigation and adaptation space. Eligible sectors include:

sustainable agribusiness and water management

bio-fuels and bio-mass

transportation technologies


energy efficiency

solar and wind technologies

waste management and recycling

other clean tech or clean tech support businesses

Women owned businesses and companies that promote women-led innovation or job creation are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application information

To respond to this request, please obtain an application online at www.ethiopiacic.org or in person at the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center office located in Bole area, Demble Building, office No 1112B, using lift No. 4,5&6. Prospective applicants that are unable to retrieve this package from the internet or cannot come to the office can request an electronic copy by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications to the Pitch Competition should be submitted no later than 5:00 PM ET time on Friday October 28, 2016 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in person.

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