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