Award for
Digital Innovations
in Clean Energy (Kenya)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students, (post-)docs and staff of all Kenyan universities
  • Startups (not older than 5 years) with a demonstrated affiliation to a Kenyan university

1. You have developed a digital solution that can be used in Kenya’s renewable energy sector, for example (the list below is only suggestive and not exhaustive):

  • To make energy production or distribution more efficient
  • To improve energy solutions for health, education, logistics, water, sanitation, efficiency, mobility, agriculture, among many other sectors. 
  • To support or enable financial services and product offerings  in clean energy sector
  • To measure or control or monitor energy consumption or production

You already have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that you have tested with potential customers. Innovative ideas that have not progressed to MVP stage are not eligible.

3. You must submit a pitch deck containing these six slides:
1. The problem / need
2. The solution / product offering
3. Target customers / market traction
4. How to reach customers / pricing strategy
5. Costing, Marging, Profitability
6. Team

Please note: The pitch deck must not contain more slides and only slides with the specified content!

  • The winners will receive a cash prize: 1st prize 200k KSH; 2nd prize 150k KSH; 3rd prize 100k KSH
  • The top five finalist will have the great opportunity to pitch their innovation and solution to international investors, organizations or potential cooperation partners at an Online Demo-Day organized virtually later in the year 2024.
  • The three winners will also be featured in an article that will appear in Sun-Connect News (>10,000 subscribers worldwide).

To apply, simply complete the questionnaire and submit by July 19, 2024.

It’s very simple: You just have to name at least one reference person from a Kenyan university when you apply.

No, but your innovation should be geared towards possibly founding a startup with it.

Deadline for applications is July 19, 2024, midnight.

  • Application deadline is 19.07.2024.
  • Until end of July 2024 selected coaches of Startup|Energy Accelerator program select up to 10 finalists.
  • On September 11, 2024 will be the final online pitch competition, where the three finners will be selected.

The jury consists of staff members from the following institutions:

  • Kenyatta University: Gathu Kirubi PhD
  • Mount Kenya University: Donatus Njoroge
  • University of Freiburg: Dr. Harald Schützeichel
  • University of Nairobi: Prof. Mary Kinoti

You can see the full terms and conditions here.


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