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