Energy Camp East Africa

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Application

Individuals and teams who are in the (pre-)founding phase with their mature idea or whose start-up is no more than five years ago can apply for the Energy Camp East Africa. If you only have a vague business idea, you should still work on it and apply later.

Your startup must operate in one of these areas of decentralized renewable energy supply:

  • Energy production
  • Smart Living, for example energy for health, education, water, sanitation, consumption, mobility, agriculture
  • Energy-efficient products and services
  • Financing solutions
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Storage systems
  • Energy distribution
  • Measuring and control systems


Your startup must be registered in the East African Communtiy (EAC) or be in the pre-establishment phase. The EAC countries are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. You must intend to start your work first in the EAC countries.

You must have already completed a pilot project or won first pilot customers.

If you have already received more than 500k Euros from non-African investors, you will not be able to apply for the Energy Camp.

Startup|Energy supports the development of your new company in many ways:

  • You will receive intensive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and experts. The sessions focus on the topics that need to be further developed or sharpened for the success of your company. This may concern your product itself, for example, or sales and marketing or the financial plan for successful investor search.
  • At the workshop in Kampala you will have the opportunity to present your company idea to other startups and coaches and to have it critically questioned. But you can also discuss a single topic that burns under your nails, if that helps you more.
    During the workshop, you are not only one of the presenters, but also has to work creatively with the business ideas of other startups.
  • At the final Startup|Energy Award you have the opportunity to present your idea to a jury of experts and stakeholders. The winner receives prize money of 5,000 Euro for the further development of their product.
  • We will also connect you with partners from the Startup|Energy community: investors, partner companies, accelerators.

To apply, simply fill out and submit the application form.

Startup|Energy encompasses the full range of decentralized renewable energy supply and use:

  • Production from renewable energy sources
  • Smart Living, for example energy for health, education, water, sanitation, consumption, mobility, agriculture
  • Energy-efficient products and services
  • Financing solutions
  • Resilience Engineering
  • Storage systems
  • Energy distribution
  • Measuring and control systems

No, individuals can also apply.

No! Local start-ups from all over East Africa can apply, offering an offer for the local market of decentralized renewable energy.

A maximum of two people from each selected startup can participate in the workshop in Kampala.

Unfortunately, no. The Energy Camps in Freiburg and East Africa each focus on start-up ideas for the local market.

No, but you should be ready to prepare for a business start-up.

Yes, but the start-up must not be more than five years ago.

A maximum of five startups will be selected to participate in the Energy Camp Kampala.

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2021, 24:00 EAT.

You can see the full terms and conditions here.

2. Coaching phase

The coaching sessions focus on the topics that need to be further developed or sharpened for the success of your company. This may concern your product itself, for example, or sales and marketing or the financial plan for successful investor search.

At the end of the coaching you should have developed a detailed presentation of your business idea. You will then present these at the workshop in Kampala in front of the other startups as well as experts.

The coaches are experienced entrepreneurs. Some of them come from the energy sector, partly from other sectors. We believe that it is often precisely the questions and suggestions of non-industry experts that can take you forward.
A complete overview can be found here.

You can arrange this individually with the coach. Most of the time they will probably take place online (Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).

Yes. The coaching sessions are an important part of the Energy Camp. They help you perfect your business idea.

No. However, depending on the topic, the team members should participate, in whose competence the subject area is covered.

3rd Workshop and Competition

You will present your developed and sophisticated presentation in coaching to other startups and the other coaches and discuss it with them. But you can also discuss a single topic that burns under your nails, if that helps you more. During the workshop, you are not only one of the presenters, but also has to work creatively with the business ideas of other startups.

The winner receives prize money of 5,000 euros for the further development of their product.

A maximum of two people can participate from each selected startup.

If you are invited to the workshop in Kampala, Startup|Energy for you the cost of travel, accommodation and meals.

The workshop in Kampala will be held in English.

The jury consists of the coaches as well as selected experts and stakeholders.