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.

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 best start-up concepts are awarded with attractive prizes.
  • After all, you will become part of the growing Startup|Energy community. This gives you a number of offers:
    For these members of the community, online meetings are held regularly, where current topics of decentralized energy supply are presented and discussed.
    As a member of the community, you are also invited to participate in the following Energy Camps, both in Freiburg and East Africa. Unlike your first participation, however, you have to pay for your own costs.
    All startups that have successfully completed an energy camp are presented in the newsletter of the founding center of the University of Freiburg and in Sun-Connect News (more than 10,000 subscribers worldwide) in order to achieve as much public attention as possible.

A participation is therefore worthwhile permanently for you and your business idea!

To apply, simply fill out and submit the questionnaire (available from 1 February 2021).

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

  • Production from renewable energy sources
  • Measurement and control systems (control, distribution, billing)
  • Resilience Engineering (Safety and Reliability)
  • Storage
  • Distribution
  • Financing solutions
  • Applications to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as health, education, water, health, consumption, mobility.
  • Social, economic and social transformation processes

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.

Yes! Startup|Energy is open to all kinds of business ideas.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2021, 11:59 pm EAT.

2nd 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.

In addition, the workshop offers exchanges with start-ups from Germany and visits to energy projects and “start-ups on site” in Uganda.

In order to promote exchanges with German startups, two startups will receive free tickets to participate in the Energy Camp in Freiburg (14-17 September 2021). This offers a unique opportunity to get to know solutions for a decentralised renewable energy supply in this region. In addition, we are happy to organize meetings with potential business partners for you.
In addition to this prize, a cash prize is awarded for the most creative business idea as well as for the most innovative social business concept.

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.

4. And after that?

All startups become part of the growing Startup|Energy community. This gives you a number of offers:

  • For these members of the community, online meetings are held regularly, where current topics of decentralized energy supply are presented and discussed.
  • As a member of the community, you are also invited to participate in the following Energy Camps, both in Freiburg and East Africa. Unlike your first participation, however, you have to pay for your own costs.
  • All startups that have successfully completed an Energy Camp are posted on the Startup|Energy.
  • In addition, the startups are presented in the newsletter of the founding center of the University of Freiburg and in Sun-Connect News (more than 10,000 subscribers worldwide) in order to get as much public attention as possible.

Yes, this is possible if you bear the costs of travel, accommodation and meals yourself.