10 days left: Apply now to par­tic­i­pate in the Ener­gy Camp Kigali by Startup|Energy

African ener­gy star­tups that have devel­oped a new prod­uct or ser­vice for the decen­tralised solar ener­gy mar­ket in Sub-Saha­ran Africa can now apply to par­tic­i­pate in the Ener­gy Camp in Kigali.

The Ener­gy Camp from 16–19 Octo­ber 2022 offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther devel­op your own busi­ness mod­el togeth­er with oth­er African ener­gy star­tups. The par­tic­i­pants will also receive valu­able advice from expe­ri­enced entre­pre­neurs from the solar indus­try, who will par­tic­i­pate in the Ener­gy Camp as coaches.

Final­ly, all star­tups present their busi­ness idea in a pub­lic pitch to inter­est­ed investors and project part­ners in Kigali.

All star­tups that meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria can participate:

  • Busi­ness: Inno­v­a­tive prod­uct / ser­vice for an exist­ing decen­tral­ized ener­gy mar­ket, or intro­duc­tion of an exist­ing product/service in a new ener­gy market
  • Age: If com­pa­ny estab­lished: < 10 years
  • Sta­tus: Min­i­mum viable prod­uct ready / First pilot projects and/or cus­tomers available
  • Loca­tion: Reg­is­tered in Sub-Saha­ran Africa
  • Inde­pen­dence: No branch or fran­chise of an inter­na­tion­al company
  • Major­i­ty of shares: African res­i­dents or non-Africans liv­ing per­ma­nent­ly in Africa


How to apply?
Sim­ply send us your start­up pre­sen­ta­tion. This should com­prise a max­i­mum of 10 slides with the fol­low­ing content:

  1. Intro­duc­tion. Explain the busi­ness idea in sim­ple and clear­ly under­stood terms.
  2. Prob­lem. Explain the exist­ing prob­lem in the market.
  3. Solu­tion. The solu­tion slide should state the way(s) in which the busi­ness solves the prob­lems that your tar­get mar­ket is facing.
  4. Tar­get mar­ket. What are the tar­get cus­tomers and what is the mar­ket size for your prod­uct or service?
  5. Trac­tion. This slide can include a sim­ple bul­let point list of mile­stones such as the num­ber of users, annu­al rev­enue return rate, and prof­it margins.
  6. Mar­ket­ing and sales strat­e­gy. How will you adver­tise and sell your prod­uct to the market?
  7. Com­pe­ti­tion. Pro­vide infor­ma­tion on the qual­i­ties that set your prod­uct or ser­vice apart from oth­er enti­ties or alter­na­tives in its market.
  8. Team. The team slide will under­score a com­pa­ny’s man­age­ment team’s exper­tise and capa­bil­i­ties to mar­ket and sell a product.
  9. Finan­cials. Show us your income state­ments and pro­ject­ed growth.
  10. Invest­ments and fund­ing. How much fund­ing do you need and for what exactly?

Dead­line: Send your start­up pre­sen­ta­tion to mail@startup-energy.orgby 10 Sep­tem­ber 2022 at the latest.

Startup|Energy is an ini­tia­tive of the Stiftung Solaren­ergie and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Freiburg to pro­mote star­tups in the field of decen­tralised ener­gy tech­nol­o­gy in Sub-Saha­ran Africa and Germany.