Two pioneers of the solar industry support the startup scene in East Africa as members of Startup|Energy: Energiebauern GmbH, based in Bavaria, has been a leader in Germany in the realisation of large PV plants for 20 years. The Chinese manufacturer Omnivoltaic is one of the first companies to develop and produce professional solutions for off-grid regions in Africa and Asia.
Decentralized, renewable solutions are needed worldwide to enable a secure and clean energy supply. In Africa, the development is moving from numerous decentralized fossil energy solutions (diesel, kerosene) 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 are making their mark today. Some of them have done outstanding pioneering work. With their exemplary commitment, they also became motivators and role models for the younger generation of African entrepreneurs.
The number of African energy startups 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 startups in Africa also face specific challenges. One of the biggest is their lack of visibility to collaborators 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 startups in the field of decentralized, 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 Com-munity: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. There is a network of partners who support the Startup|Energy initiative.
At the heart of Startup|Energy are Energy Camps: intensive programs for startups lasting several months.
Selected startups receive intensive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs and subject matter experts. The meetings focus on the issues that need to be further developed or sharpened for the success of the company.
During a workshop lasting several days, the startups present their business idea to the other startups and coaches. During the workshop, they are not only among the presenters, but also have to work creatively on the business ideas of other startups.
At the final Startup|Energy Award, the startups present themselves to a jury of experts and stakeholders. The best start-up concepts are 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 Startup|Energy Africa
Startup|Energy is looking for 20 (ideal) members who will support 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 about the selected startups of the Energy Camp;
- They are in close contact with the African startup scene in the decentralized energy market;
- In your media relations, you can communicate membership as a credible commitment.
The logos of the member companies are placed on the websites and event brochures of Startup|Energy in a publicity-effective way. In addition, membership is highlighted in Sun-Connect News articles (weekly newsletter with more than 10,000 recipients).
- Davis & Shirtliff, Kenya
- Energiebauern GmbH, Deutschland
- Omnivoltaic Energy Solutions Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Support the young African startup scene and become a member of Startup|Energy Africa.