Congratulations from the NYU Social Entrepreneurship Program, NYU Green Grants and D-Prize to Samuel Sofela (NYU Tandon 2020), Chukwuka Madumelu and Oghare Victor Ogidiama of Qantab Light Cube for being selected as the winner of the 2017 NYU/D-Prize Social Venture Competition!
Qantab Light Cube is a renewable energy company based in Nigeria with a focus on the deployment of stand-alone portable and rooftop solar units to rural and urban homes, and solar PV micro grids systems to rural communities. The company's primary objective is to join a growing ensemble of solution providers who proactively engage vision, expertise and action in becoming an indispensable energy provider. They also provide before and after sales service to customers as well information regarding their electricity consumption. With the competition grant, Qantab will sell and distribute solar lamps across Nigeria, while establishing sustainable business models with microfinance banks to finance small and medium solar systems for rural and urban customers.
We are also thrilled to congratulate Ijeoma Ozoma (NYU Law 2019) and E-Squared, another NYU finalist from the 2017 competition, who will receive an independent $15,000 grant from D-Prize. E-Squared will use school-based distribution and novel payment options to eliminate many of the barriers preventing the distribution and adoption of solar power lamps in Uganda.
Meet the Qantab Light Cube Team:
From left: Chukwuka Madumelu, Samuel Sofela, and Oghare Victor Ogidiama
Samuel Sofela (NYU Tandon 2020) Samuel Sofela, Co-Founder and Head of Business Development, has diverse work experience across the agricultural, beverage, oil and gas industries, in project, engineering and marketing units. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in engineering, Samuel worked as a market analyst and subsequently a business consultant in the commercial and industrial arm of the marketing department of MRS Oil Nigeria. He has a master&39;s degree in Microsystems Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi where his research work was based on energy-efficient carbon nanomaterial-based devices for application in energy systems to reduce energy consumption. His knowledge mix has driven him to be part of the progressive change in resolving the lingering energy crisis in Nigeria. He is currently a PhD student at New York University where he is designing low-energy devices for biomedical applications and also a cofounder of Nigeria Future Energy Group (NiFEG).
Chukwuka Madumelu Chukwuka Madumelu, Co-Founder and Managing Director, has a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi. During his M.Sc. research, he was involved in the design and development of Hetero-junction with Intrinsic Thin layer (HITTM) solar cell. This research ignited his interest in applying PV technology to solve the energy crisis in Nigeria. Prior to this, he worked in First Bank of Nigeria PLC, where he led a team of about 80 persons. He was the project manager in the development of an application within his team that made accounts processing 7 times faster, thereby enabling his team to process over 5,000 new accounts daily. He is a founding member of the Nigerian Future Energy Group (NiFEG). Chuwkuka works full time in Nigeria with Qantab.
Oghare Victor Ogidiama Oghare Victor Ogidiama, Co-Founder and Head of Logistics, is a passionate believer in sustainable development and climate change mitigation. He is a professional with about a decade of experience in the energy industry. Within this period, Oghare has played various roles in procurement and research in multiple international organizations including Saipem and Chevron. He is proficient in the use of SAP for logistics and supply chain management. Oghare has initiated several endeavors aimed at ensuring that people get access to cleantech energy sources at affordable prices as well as working on emissions (NOx and CO2) reduction. He is a founding member of the Nigerian future energy group (NiFEG) and a sustainability consultant at Handasa, UAE. He is currently a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate at Masdar Institute Abu Dhabi, UAE and recently joined a team of other Nigerians to draft the Climate Change Mitigation Bill, which has passed its second reading at the floor of the Nigerian senate.
Past NYU/D-Prize Grand Prize Winners:
REACH Uganda Angelina Micha Djaja (NYU Abu Dhabi 2016) Clara Bicalho (NYU Abu Dhabi 2016) Eduardo Campillo (NYU Abu Dhabi 2017) David Kafambe (Cavendish University 2016)
Goal: REACH Uganda aims to empower teachers in Uganda and promote creative learning tolls in primary scholls in order to enable all students to attain basic quantitative skills. Their educational model brings the "flip the classroom" intervention to the Ugandan context by providing schools with low-cost and sustainable learning materials and innovative methods to tackle the issue of limited resources. Ultimately, REACH envisions every primary school student in Uganda graduating with the skills they need to pursue higher education and realize their goals.
Jeunes Braves (May 2015) Som Tang'ma Kpante (NYU GSAS 2016) Komi Begedou (University of Lome 2015)
Goal: Jeunes Braves strives to improve the health and educational opportunities of girls in Togo, Africa by empowering them to make healthy choices in their relationships. The ultimate goal is to decrease incidence of HIV and unwanted pregnancies, and increase the number of girls who are able to complete secondary school and attend university.