JEE Greenovation Challenge: Innovate for a Green Future

This competition, which is proudly supported by Nigerian Conservation Foundation and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), seeks to support indigenous efforts to address climate change by encouraging providers and seekers of environmentally friendly technologies.


Jackson, Etti & Edu (“JEE”) is a full-service, Sector-focused, Commercial Law Firm with one of Africa’s leading Intellectual Property Practices.

The World IP Day was initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) as an annual event (every 26 April) to celebrate Intellectual Property and its contributions to the development of modern society.

This year’s edition is the 5th in the series of what has become the flagship event of our multiple award winning Intellectual Property Practice.

The bulk of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDG”) 2030, demand global accountability on safeguarding Mother Nature and show us how global sustainable development depends on the environment. Examples are SDG 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable & Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities) & SDG 13 (Climate Change).

The theme for the 2020 World IP Day is “Innovate for a Green future.” This year’s campaign puts innovation – and the IP rights that support it – at the heart of efforts to create a green future and our competition tagged “JEE Greenovation Challenge… Innovation for a Green Future” is based on this theme. The idea behind this challenge is to support indigenous efforts to address climate change by encouraging providers and seekers of environmentally friendly technologies. This challenge would recognise the innovation and creation of environmentally sustainable technologies, processes, and methods, products, or services.

Entry Requirements
Participation is open to Nigerian citizens or residents of Nigeria. Participation is also open to teams with at least one member being a citizen or resident of Nigeria.

Participants must be between 18 – 35 years old.

Participation: Process & Conditions
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Complete the online entry form by inputting the following information:

  • Name/Team Name
  • Team Members (where applicable)
  • Nationality (Proof may be required)
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Age(s)
  • Address

How to Enter the Competition
Submit a Pitch Deck of 5 – 15 pages, relevant to, and addressing any of the current environmental challenges presently facing the planet, including but not limited to the following:

  • Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Climate Change

Entries must be submitted using the online submission process/form.

Entry to this Competition free. Submission of an entry is considered as acceptance of the rules, terms, and conditions guiding the competition.

General Rules
A participant can submit no more than one entry.
Participants must own full copyrights to the document submitted, including sound effects, voice-overs, and music if used.
Submissions must not include any derogatory, defamatory, violent, or racist content.
Incomplete entries or entries that do not conform to the formal criteria or rules shall not be considered and will be automatically disqualified.

Criteria for Assessment
The following criteria will be the main points upon which application will be judged, and each entry must address the following:

  • Market Orientation: satisfy needs, be competitive on the market, solve a problem.
  • Environmental Impact: an innovation that has a positive impact on the environment.
  • Phase: the full life cycle of the innovation must be considered.
  • Impulse: intention for reduction may be economical or ecological.
  • Level: the innovation must set a green standard to existing alternatives.
  • Cost: the entire solution must be cost-effective & capable of implementation from the grassroots level/at the community level.
  • Sustainability: innovation must be seen to benefit future generations, in line with the WIPO theme.

Intellectual Property
The copyright, patents, trademark, and design rights of the materials submitted for this competition remain with the respective participants. However, each participant, by entering the competition, grants JEE the right to use the submitted materials for any of the Firm’s marketing and other forms of communication requirements, albeit, crediting the owners.

Submission Deadline
April 22nd, 2020, at 23:59 Nigerian time.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter and should be ready for a live session with the judges on April 27th.

Winner and Prize
Winners shall be announced on May 1st, 2020, with prizes which include a Seed Grant of N1,000,000 as well as Pro bono Intellectual Property Advice and filing program as deemed necessary.

Data Protection and Liability Disclaimer
Jackson, Etti & Edu is granted the right to process data provided for the purpose of this competition.


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