Energiebauern GmbH is a new mem­ber of Startup|Energy Africa

Bavaria-based Energiebauern GmbH is one of the pio­neers of the solar indus­try in Ger­many. Now, as a mem­ber of Startup|Energy, it sup­ports the start-up scene in East Africa.


Decen­tralised, renew­able solu­tions are need­ed world­wide to enable a secure and clean ener­gy sup­ply. In Africa, the devel­op­ment is mov­ing from numer­ous decen­tralised fos­sil ener­gy solu­tions (diesel, paraf­fin) and an unsta­ble pow­er grid with low cov­er­age to an inte­grat­ed on/off-grid solu­tion based on renew­able energies.

In Africa’s decen­tralised ener­gy mar­ket, it is main­ly inter­na­tion­al com­pa­nies that dom­i­nate today. Some of them have done out­stand­ing pio­neer­ing work. With their exem­plary com­mit­ment, they have also become moti­va­tors and idols for the young gen­er­a­tion of African entrepreneurs.

The num­ber of African ener­gy start-ups is steadi­ly increas­ing. Their advan­tage over inter­na­tion­al com­pa­nies often lies in their prox­im­i­ty to the spe­cif­ic social and cul­tur­al require­ments of the new ener­gy products.

How­ev­er, local start-ups in Africa also have spe­cif­ic chal­lenges to over­come. One of the biggest is their lack of vis­i­bil­i­ty for coop­er­a­tion part­ners and investors.


The Uni­ver­si­ty of Freiburg and the Solar Ener­gy Foun­da­tion (Freiburg) have launched the Startup|Energy ini­tia­tive to pro­mote region­al and inter­na­tion­al exchange between start-ups in the field of decen­tralised, renew­able ener­gy sup­ply in D‑A-CH and East Africa.

The Solar Ener­gy Foun­da­tion is respon­si­ble for the imple­men­ta­tion of the Start­up Accel­er­a­tor in Africa. Startup|Energy focus­es (ini­tial­ly) on the start­up scene in the coun­tries of the East African Com­mu­ni­ty: Burun­di, Kenya, Rwan­da, South Sudan, Tansa-nia, Ugan­da. There is a net­work of part­ners there who sup­port the Startup|Energy initiative.

Ener­gy Camps

Ener­gy Camps form the cen­tre of Startup|Energy: inten­sive pro­grammes for start-ups last­ing sev­er­al months.

Select­ed start-ups receive inten­sive coach­ing from expe­ri­enced entre­pre­neurs and tech­ni­cal experts. The ses­sions specif­i­cal­ly address the top­ics that still need to be fur­ther devel­oped or sharp­ened for the com­pa­ny’s success.

At a final work­shop last­ing sev­er­al days, the start-ups present their busi­ness idea to the oth­er start-ups and coach­es. Dur­ing the work­shop, they are not only among the pre­sen­ters, but also have to work cre­ative­ly on the busi­ness ideas of oth­er start-ups.

At the final Startup|Energy Award, the start-ups present them­selves to a jury of experts and stake­hold­ers. The best start­up con­cepts will be award­ed with attrac­tive prizes.

We will also con­nect star­tups with part­ners from the Startup|Energy net­work: Investors, part­ner com­pa­nies, accelerators.

The first Ener­gy Camp East Africa will take place in Kam­pala (Ugan­da) from May to June 2021.

Become a mem­ber of Start|Energy Africa

Startup|Energy is look­ing for 20 (ide­al) mem­bers to help pro­mote local African ener­gy star­tups through their com­mit­ment. As a mem­ber of Startup|Energy Africa, you con­tribute to the pro­mo­tion of local startups.

These are your advan­tages as a member:

  • You will receive detailed infor­ma­tion on the select­ed start-ups of the Ener­gy Camps;
  • You are in close con­tact with the African start-up scene in the decen­tralised ener­gy market;
  • In your media work, you can com­mu­ni­cate the mem­ber­ship as a cred­i­ble commitment.

The logos of the mem­ber com­pa­nies are placed on the Startup|Energy web­sites and event brochures for pub­lic­i­ty. In addi­tion, atten­tion is drawn to the mem­ber­ship in arti­cles of Sun-Con­nect News (week­ly newslet­ter with more than 10,000 recipients).

The first members:

  • Davis & Shirtliff - a well-known whole­saler of decen­tralised ener­gy com­po­nents in Kenya
  • Ennos AG, a for­mer Swiss start-up that sells solar pumps for irrigation
  • Energiebauern GmbH, Oper­a­tor of pho­to­volta­ic sys­tems with over 20 years of experience

Join us!

Sup­port the young African start­up scene and become a mem­ber of Startup|Energy Africa.

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