Drop Access and Inno-Neat win the Startup|Energy Award

Kenyan star­tups Drop Access and Inno-Neat have won the Startup|Energy Award at the clos­ing of Ener­gy Camp East Africa on 29 Sep­tem­ber 2021. A total of five star­tups from the decen­tral­ized ener­gy sec­tor in East Africa pre­sent­ed their inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices. The judges includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pow­er Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP), Uncon­ven­tion­al Cap­i­tal, Kenya Cli­mate Ven­tures, Ven­ture South and GIZ.

About the winners:

  • Drop Access ’ inno­va­tion is the Vac­ci­Box: a portable, solar-pow­ered refrig­er­a­tor that pro­vides cool stor­age and safe trans­port of vac­cines and med­ica­tions. It also includes inno­v­a­tive real-time med­ical data management.
  • Inno-Neat man­u­fac­tures solar-grade, reused lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies from recy­cled cells for use in solar and e‑mobility appli­ca­tions. The start­up thus offers a prac­ti­cal solu­tion for the waste bat­ter­ies of Africa’s mil­lions of solar home systems.

Impor­tant cri­te­ria for the jury’s deci­sion were the degree of inno­va­tion, the mar­ket size and the found­ing team. The prize mon­ey for each win­ner is 2,500 euros for the fur­ther devel­op­ment of the busi­ness idea. They will also receive a free (vir­tu­al) booth at the Off-Grid Expo in Germany.


The five star­tups that par­tic­i­pat­ed in Ener­gy Camp East Africa received inten­sive one-on-one coach­ing from expe­ri­enced local entre­pre­neurs over the past few months. In addi­tion to Drop Access and Inno-Neat, these star­tups also par­tic­i­pat­ed in Ener­gy Camp:

  • Fin‑e (Ugan­da): a fin­tech start­up that aims to sim­pli­fy and opti­mize financ­ing for local SMEs to improve lives in sub-Saha­ran Africa.
  • SolarPipo (Ugan­da): a start­up mak­ing solar acces­si­ble to the dairy sec­tor. SolarPipo makes it eas­i­er for dairy cus­tomers to pur­chase solar for cool­ing, water pump­ing and oth­er pro­duc­tive uses.
  • Zuhu­ra Solu­tions (Kenya): Their prod­uct, the Hal­isi Trol­ley, is a ful­ly solar-pow­ered street vend­ing trol­ley that allows ven­dors to avoid the time and expense of pur­chas­ing and main­tain­ing char­coal to heat their food.

The next Ener­gy Camp for Africa will take place in 2022. The appli­ca­tion phase for the Ener­gy Camp in Ger­many for star­tups in the local decen­tral­ized ener­gy sec­tor begins on Novem­ber 15, 2021.

Ener­gy Camp East Africa (27.–29.09.2021) in Kampala


Startup|Energyis a joint ini­tia­tive of the Stiftung Solaren­ergie (Freiburg) and the Albert-Lud­wigs-Uni­ver­sität Freiburg to pro­mote region­al and inter­na­tion­al exchange between star­tups in the field of decen­tral­ized, renew­able ener­gy sup­ply. The focus is on ener­gy camps in Ger­many and Africa for local start-ups.

The Startup|Energy ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ed, among oth­ers, by GIZ and GET.invest , a Euro­pean pro­gramme fund­ed by the Euro­pean Union, Ger­many, Swe­den, the Nether­lands and Austria.