Startup|Energy News

GET.invest and Stiftung Solarenergie continue cooperation to promote African startups

Stiftung Solarenergie is excited to announce that the cooperation with GET.invest to promote African energy startups will be continued. Both organizations have already been supporting African energy startups since 2021 as part of the Startup|Energy initiative. This cooperation will now be extended.

Completion of the 1st cohort of the incubator programme to support Kenyan small businesses

In Kenya, the first course of the “Solar Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Program” (SEEP) was completed on 8 December 2023. The program aims to train and provide ongoing support to small and micro enterprises specializing in solar clean energy products and services. The SEEP project aims to train SMEs operating in the clean energy sector and support them in managing their businesses.

Two Fellows of Startup|Energy shortlisted for African Engineering Innovation Prize

In a celebration of engineering innovation in Africa, two Fellows of Startup|Energy – Christopher Maara and Léandre Berwa – are among 16 African engineering innovators shortlisted for the $60,000 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The prize will be shared among four finalists to emerge from the longlist. Read more…

Clean Energy Bootcamp in Nairobi (2024)

The Startup|Energy initiative is offering a unique boot camp for clean energy innovators from selected universities in Uganda, Kenya and Germany: In April 2024, up to 12 innovators will meet in Nairobi to spend a week developing their CleanTech innovations in workshops.

These three universities are involved in the boot camp:

  • Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg
  • Kenya: Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and  Mount Kenya University, Thika
  • Uganda: Makerere University Business School, Kampala

SME-Incubator Uganda: Two-day bootcamp for young company founders

The two-day bootcamp is part of the Freelance Incubator Program in Uganda with the aim of taking the practical experiences of freelancers, discussing them with each other and developing solutions. In addition, there is a targeted transfer of information that expands the knowledge of the participants.
The bootcamp consists of interactive sessions and discussions on business planning, successful business principles, marketing, financial planning, credit management, leadership and product demonstration. Solar microenterprise owners and their business coaches attended the event. Of the 9 participants, three were women.
The bootcamp was organised by our partner Sendea Academy Uganda.

Kenyan Solar Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Program (SEEP) launched

The program aims to train and provide ongoing support to small and micro enterprises specializing in solar clean energy products and services.
Led by Gathu Kirubi, director of the Kenyan Solar Energy Foundation and an experienced solar entrepreneur, 43 participants (17 of whom are women) receive basic entrepreneurial training at two training sites. They then receive hands-on support in running their solar microenterprise over a few weeks.

Read more here

Pre-Announcement: Co-Creation Lab in 2024

The Co-Creation Lab brings together (post-)docs and master’s students from four universities in Uganda, Kenya and Germany to collaborate in workshops to further develop their CleanTech innovations.
The aim is not a one-sided transfer of knowledge, but an equal exchange of ideas and solutions for the respective region. The goal: to learn from other local contexts for one’s own startup idea.Three innovative ideas from each university will participate in the Co-Creation Lab in April 2024 in Nairobi.Start of application period: December 2023