Accelerator + Fellowship

Accelerator + Fellowship

Do you have a mature product or business idea and/or a first prototype for the decentralised renewable energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa?

Then our Accelerator is the right place for you!

We have a strong focus on long-term support through continuous coaching by experienced entrepreneurs and building a vibrant startup community.

Become part of our startup community!

To be eligible Startups must fulfill the following criteria:

Business sector
Your startup must offer a product or service for decentralized solar energy market in sub-Saharan Africa, such as:

  • Energy productiun or distribution
  • Storage systems
  • Energy solutions or services for example for health, education, water, sanitation, consumption, mobility, agriculture, mobility
  • Energy-efficient products and services
  • Financing solutions
  • Measuring and control systems

Type of product / service
Your business idea

  • is a development of a new product or service with MVP (not just an idea), or
  • an improvement of an existing product / service, or
  • you introduce with your startup a known product / service into new markets


Headquarters registered in sub-Saharan Africa

Majority of shares
African residents or Non-Africans living permanently in Africa

No branch or franchise of an international company

At least one of the founders already has at least 2 years of business experience

Company registered, first customers existing and/or pilot project realised

Age of product/service
max. 8 years

The company did not yet receive > 500k euros from investors

Read what some of our Fellows have to say about our Accelerator:

Norah Magero, Founder Drop Access, Kenya

„I have participated now in several startup programmes. Startup|Energy was important for me in a special way: Because the coaches are experienced entrepreneurs who have accompanied me for a long time (and still do!), always very close to my practical needs. The exchange with the other startups also helps a lot. We have now become a real startup community!“

Tolulope Olukokun, Founder ThinkBikes, Nigeria

„The Energy Camp was just awesome! The coaching sessions were extremely helpful in improving our business. We particularly also enjoyed the open discussion with other entrepreneurs in the startup space and staying in touch after the Camp.“

Godfrey Katiambo, Founder Inno-Neat, Kenya

„Since we became a Startup|Energy Fellow, we have found new partners thanks to the continued support of the coaches and also an investor. I’m sure we wouldn’t have been mature enough without Startup|Energy.“

Leandre Berwa, Founder SLS Energy, Rwanda

„The Energy Camp was a moment for us to meet, share, learn and grow. The openness and brutal honesty environment helped us a lot to think deeper on some aspects of our business. This helped us greatly in understanding our market and building a stronger business.“

Are you interested? Then read more about how you can apply here.