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YES! Youth Energy Day

YES! Youth Energy Day

Job Creation | Career Insights | Networking

Are you a final-year student in university, a recent graduate or an early career professional? 

Join us  10th November 2023


EnergyNet’s YES! returned this June in Nairobi, Kenya! Youth Energy Summit (YES!) is creating a platform and network for early career professionals, entrepreneurs, students and educators to boost the skills, connections and business readiness of a new generation of African energy Leaders.

The Youth Energy Summit (YES!) has ambitious goals to accelerate access to reliable energy on the African continent – however, we cannot do this alone. Our expertise exists in convening the biggest actors in the energy sector to actualise their business ambitions through events such as the Africa Energy Forum. This time, we are doing things differently.

YES! is partnering with corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, and other initiatives across the globe.

YES! will support hundreds of Africans in public and private sector roles to learn how to develop and prosper with both soft and technical skills and the opportunity to meet with peers and senior influencers from across the continent.

YES! also saw the launch of a digital platform, Beyond Privilege, allowing young people to engage with YES! initiatives all year round, and apply for job opportunities from anywhere on the continent. Features will include interactive discussions, online workshops, business planning, job creation, funding, and industry insights and news.

Working with partner organisations, YES! will amplify access to the many complementary initiatives that are becoming available across the continent. YES! is actively seeking partners as we scale up.





Who can attend YES! ?

For free

Students/Educators: Must be associated with or come through a university. Please register with your university email address


• Must have an established and registered business

• Must be Africa owned and focused solely on one country (Kenya for example).

• Trading for no more than three years

• Less than 20 employees

Cost: $500

Early career professionals: 

• Must be no more than five years since leaving university

• Must be working for a company/public sector entity that is attending aef

Training/ Initiative providers 



The challenge is not a competition, the challenge is not who will succeed first – the challenge is to electrify a continent & create the conditions for economic empowerment.


  • To engage 100 million Africans with the knowledge, tools and resources to engage with energy development
  • Bring together 1,500+ active energy actors to the 2023 Youth Energy Summit
  • Develop a series of workshops, both online and in-person, to reach a far wider audience
  • Connect like-minded organisations, initiatives and networks to develop new, powerful partnerships
  • Expand funding for the UN Sustainable Development Goals within Africa

How you can play a part:

  • Bring your organisation, initiative or network to the Youth Energy Summit
  • Bring yourself as a delegate
  • Work with us or our partners to organise or attend an in-country, in-person energy workshop
  • Spread the word, spread the knowledge, share the opportunities, share the ambition
  • The event being launched alongside AEF meant we could have access not only to each other, but to other industry professionals who are leading amazing work in the sector. We met and connected over a number of days which was extremely beneficial for the longer-term networking and potential future collaborations.
    University of Cape Town
  • Thank you so much for everything this week at YES! and for inviting Student Energy to participate in this exciting launch. I left the conference feeling energised, and with so many new connections – really looking forward to next year
    Shakti Ramkumar
    Director of Communications, Student Energy
  • YES 2022 was, in one word, scintillating. From the sessions to the speakers to the attendees, every element of the Summit connected and contributed greatly to its success. I'd say it exceeded my expectations for a first-time event.
    University of Nigeria
  • I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of YES!. The sessions were very interesting and I really enjoyed the entrepreneur and the educators' workshops.
    University of Cape Town
  • Well organized, a great chance to network and insightful information.
    Early Career Professional
    J.P. Morgan
  • The speakers, moderators and attendees involved for the launch were very knowledgeable, issues discussed were related to the youth and preparation of the youth for the future of work in the energy sector.
    Early Career Professional
  • The launch was a success. I have gained a lot of knowledge about various aspects of the industry. I'm honoured to have been part of this amazing initiative created for the youth!
    Early Career Professional
    IPP Office
  • The launch was a huge success. I truly enjoyed how we got the to engage with different stakeholders and young people, imparting invaluable knowledge that I’m confident will be of great benefit moving forward in the in the progression and development of my career.
    Early Career Professional
    IPP Office
  • The event was well organised, the pavilion was very well designed and put together and the general discussions were interesting.
    University of Cape Town
  • I saw all the effort put into the plan to make it work from the dedication of the team.
  • Everything went smoothly and I really enjoyed the sessions.
    University of Cape Town
  • I was fully engaged in all the sessions and I personally feel like the sky is the limit, in terms of my career growth in the energy space. Attending YES, allowed me to network with peers and experts I would have never met elsewhere.
    Noella Molefe
    Senior Advisor Climate Change & Sustainable Development | Just Energy Transition Office, ESKOM

Co-located with AEF.

We start our 25th edition of the Africa Energy Forum journey to Nairobi, Kenya, where we will host it from 20-23 June 2023.

Once again, we will unite governments, utilities and regulators with development finance institutions, commercial banks, power developers, technology providers, EPCs and professional services.

Over the last 24 years, the Forum has earnt a reputation as the most meaningful gathering of decision-makers in African energy to form partnerships, identify opportunities and move the industry forward. We hand-pick the most credible organisations in the sector, delivering an intensive networking experience like no other.


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