Energy Camp 2024

The accelerator with a difference

Apply for the next Energy Camp for African Energy Startups!

Are you an innovative entrepreneur looking to transform the energy supply and livelihoods in SubSaharan Africa? Do you have a mature product or business idea and/or a first prototype for the decentralised renewable energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa?

This is your chance!

Energy Camp

From 18 to 23 October 2024, the next Energy Camp will take place in Nairobi, bringing together up to 12 visionary founders like you.

For an entire week, you’ll immerse yourself in an intensive program designed to elevate your business idea with guidance from seasoned trainers and collaboration with fellow entrepreneurs.

Here’s what awaits you at the Energy Camp:

  • Customer-Focused Product Development: Discover how to refine your product to meet customer needs effectively.
  • Exploring Sales Channels: Identify and leverage the best sales channels for your business.
  • Building a Dynamic Team: Learn the best ways to put together and manage a powerful team.
  • Financial Planning Essentials: Get crucial insights into financial planning and management.
  • Pitching to Investors/Partners: Master the art of presenting your startup to investors and potential partners.
  • Funding Applications: Understand what funders look for in applications and proposals to increase your chances of success.

Fellowship

The journey doesn’t end with the Energy Camp! As a Fellow of Startup|Energy, you’ll continue to benefit from our support:

Global Exposure: Present your startup to an international audience at our online pitch event.

Exclusive Expert Webinars: Participate in exclusive webinars with industry experts who can offer invaluable advice.

Network Access: Gain permanent access to our extensive international network and the collective entrepreneurial knowledge of our coaches.

Media Exposure: Share your progress and milestones through Sun-Connect News, reaching over 10,000 readers worldwide every week.

Don’t miss this opportunity to accelerate your startup’s growth and make a lasting impact in the energy sector.

Apply now and be part of the future of African energy innovation!

5 reasons to apply for the next Energy Camp:

Proven Success: 80% of our Fellows generate revenue, and collectively, they have raised nearly USD 3 million in grants, loans, and equity and won 18 Awards. Join a program with a track record of tangible results.

Practical Focus: Our Energy Camp is practice-oriented, not just theoretical. The training is tailored to the specific needs of African energy startups, ensuring you get relevant and actionable insights.

Expert Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of our trainers and coaches, who are experienced entrepreneurs with deep knowledge of the African market. Receive hands-on support from those who understand your unique challenges.

Valuable Connections: While we don’t offer cash rewards, we provide access to investors and the opportunity to present your startup to an international audience. Open doors to funding and global exposure.

Peer-to-Peer-Learning: As a Fellow of Startup|Energy, you’ll gain excess to exclusive peer-to-peer learning sessions with other startup founders, where you can share insights, collaborate, and inspire each other.

This is what some of our fellows say:

“I have now participated in several startup programs. Startup|Energy was important for me in a special way: Because the coaches are experienced entrepreneurs who have accompanied me for a long time (and still do!). The exchange with the other startups also helps a lot. We have now become a real startup community!”

Norah Magero, Founder Drop Access, Kenya

“The Energy Camp was just awesome! The coaching sessions were extremely helpful in improving our business. We particularly also enjoyed the open discussion with other entrepreneurs in the startup space and staying in touch after the camp.”

Tolulope Olukokun, Founder ThinkBikes, Nigeria

“The Energy Camp was a moment for us to meet, share, learn and grow. The openness and brutal honesty environment helped us a lot to think deeper on some aspects of our business. This helped us greatly in understanding our market and building a stronger business.”

Leandre Berwa, Founder SLS Energy, Rwanda

First step: Check if you are eligible

To be eligible Startups must fulfill the following criteria:
(You also can use this eligibility check)

Business sector
Your startup must offer a product or service for decentralized energy market in sub-Saharan Africa, such as:

  • Energy production or distribution
  • Storage systems
  • Energy solutions or services for example for health, education, water, sanitation, consumption, mobility, agriculture
  • Energy-efficient products and services
  • Financing solutions
  • Measuring and control systems
  • Recycling / Repurposing 
  • Clean Cooking


Type of product / service
Your business idea

  • is a development of a new product or service with MVP (not just an idea), or
  • a significant improvement of an existing product / service, or
  • you introduce with your startup a known product / service into new markets.

Location
Headquarters registered in Sub-Saharan Africa

Majority of shares
African residents or Non-Africans living permanently in Africa

Experience
One of the founders already has at least 2 years of business experience

Status
Company registered, MVP ready, first customers existing or pilot project realised

Independence
No branch or franchise of an international company

Age of product/service
max. 10 years

Investment
The company did not yet receive > 500k euros from investors

Second step: fill out the application form

If you are eligible, then nothing stands in the way of your application for the Energy Camp! Simply fill out the application form carefully and completely. The closing date for applications is 28 August 2024, 23:59 EAT.

If you have questions, please check our FAQ – or write an email to: mail@startup-energy.org.