A total of 46 East African startups with products for the decentralized renewable energy market applied for Startup|Energy’s Energy Camp East Africa.
From the applications, these five startups were selected to participate in Energy Camp:
- Solar Pipo (Uganda): Making solar energy accessible to the dairy industry
- Inno-Neat (Kenya): Secondary use of lithium-ion batteries for solar and e‑mobility applications
- Solar Freeze (Kenya): Solar cold storage for perishable products for small rural farmers
- Fin‑e (Uganda): using fintech to improve business development of local solar companies in Africa.
- Zuhura Solutions (Kenya): The Halisi Trolley — a solar-powered food vending trolley
Each Energy Camp participant receives several months of online coaching from experienced entrepreneurs who know the local energy market inside out. The final event will be a face-to-face workshop in Kampala (Uganda) from 27–29 September. There the startups present their business ideas in front of other startups, investors as well as experienced entrepreneurs. The finale is the competition for the Startup|Energy Award, which is endowed with 5,000 euros.
Startup|Energy is an initiative of the Stiftung Solarenergie and the University of Freiburg to promote regional and international exchange between startups in the field of decentralized, renewable energy supply in D‑A-CH and East Africa. Selected startups from Energy Camp East Africa will therefore be given the opportunity to participate in the next Energy Camp Freiburg, find cooperation partners or pitch to investors.