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Startup|Energy: Eight African ener­gy star­tups you should know about

10 ener­gy star­tups from 5 African coun­tries (Ghana, Kenya, Nige­ria, Rwan­da, Ugan­da) have gone through Startup|Energy’s Ener­gy Camps in the last 12 months. They were select­ed from a total of 156 appli­ca­tions received. Its busi­ness areas are: Ener­gy stor­age, bat­tery recy­cling, refrig­er­a­tion, health, agri­cul­ture, e‑mobility.

All ear­ly-stage star­tups received sev­er­al weeks of inten­sive one-on-one coach­ing from expe­ri­enced entre­pre­neurs as part of the Startup|Energy Accel­er­a­tor pro­gram. In addi­tion, their busi­ness mod­el was dis­cussed and fur­ther devel­oped in joint workshops.

Eight of these Startup|Energy Fel­low star­tups pre­sent­ed their busi­ness con­cept to near­ly 60 investors, man­u­fac­tur­ers and foun­da­tions in Kigali on Octo­ber 19, 2022.

These are the eight startups:

  • The inno­va­tions of Drop Access (Kenya) are the prod­ucts “Koyo” and the “Vac­ci­Box”: portable, solar-pow­ered refrig­er­a­tors that enable cool stor­age and safe trans­port of vac­cines and med­i­cines on the one hand and agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts on the other.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Norah Magero, CEO
  • Inno-Neat (Kenya) man­u­fac­tures reused lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies from recy­cled cells for use in solar and e‑mobility appli­ca­tions. The start­up thus offers a prac­ti­cal solu­tion for the old bat­ter­ies of Africa’s mil­lions of solar home systems.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by God­frey Simiyu Kati­ambo, CEO
  • SLS Ener­gy (Rwan­da) builds ener­gy stor­age sys­tems from bat­ter­ies obtained from e‑waste or dis­card­ed elec­tric vehi­cles. The com­pa­ny cur­rent­ly offers ener­gy stor­age as a ser­vice for cel­lu­lar towers.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Lean­dre Berwa, CEO
  • Solak­il­imo (Kenya) pro­vides solar-pow­ered cold rooms for fish, fruit and veg­etable farm­ers on a “pay-as-you-pre­serve” model.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Raphael Asi­ba, CEO
  • Thinkbikes (Nige­ria) pro­duces elec­tric road bikes and car­go bikes local­ly and makes them avail­able for rent to indi­vid­u­als and busi­ness­es in urban and rur­al com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide afford­able, clean mobility.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Tolu­lope Olukokun, CEO
  • TryKe (Kenya) com­bines the intro­duc­tion of elec­tric mobil­i­ty in rur­al Kenya (boda-boda, tri­cy­cles) with a unique logis­tics offer­ing for small­hold­er farmers.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Alex Makalli­wa, CEO
  • Worldtech Con­sult (Ghana) designs, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets turnkey, mod­u­lar, off-grid and hybrid cold chain solu­tions and rur­al elec­tri­fi­ca­tion solutions.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Julius M. Dzah, CEO
  • Zuhu­ra Solu­tions (Kenya): Their prod­uct, the Hal­isi Trol­ley, is a ful­ly solar-pow­ered street food trol­ley that allows ven­dors to avoid the time and expense of pur­chas­ing and main­tain­ing char­coal to heat their food.
    Rep­re­sent­ed by Lloyd Gitau, CEO

A spe­cial ele­ment of Startup|Energy’s accel­er­a­tor pro­gram is the per­ma­nent sup­port over a longer peri­od of time. This also includes the peer-to-peer exchange between the star­tups, which is unique in this form and has already led to the first eco­nom­ic coop­er­a­tions between the star­tups. As a Fel­low of Startup|Energy, star­tups will con­tin­ue to receive our sup­port in build­ing their busi­ness and find­ing part­ners and investors.

Addi­tion­al star­tups will be added to the Startup|Energy accel­er­a­tor pro­gram start­ing in spring 2023.

Startup|Energy is an ini­tia­tive of the Stiftung Solaren­ergie and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Freiburg to pro­mote star­tups in the field of decen­tral­ized ener­gy tech­nolo­gies in sub-Saha­ran Africa and Germany.