Nairobi: Enel and Seedstars give a prize to the best African startup for energy access

Published on Wednesday, 24 January 2018

“We are delighted to support a company that promotes the development of rural villages through innovative electrification solutions”

– Riccardo Amoroso, Head of Innovation and Product Lab - Enel X

Amoroso stressed how these new business models, which combine socio-economic growth with the development of commercial and productive activities, are essential for making Africa’s future greener and more sustainable.

“Almost 600 million people do not have access to electricity in Africa. Resolving energy issues with an entrepreneurial spirit and technological capacity is therefore a fundamental objective”

– Alisée de Tonnac, CEO – Seedstars

Enel’s collaboration with Seedstars began when the two companies signed an agreement in July 2017. Seedstars is a group of Swiss companies operating in 80 countries with the aim of impacting emerging markets with startup scouting, company-building activities and acceleration programmes. Seedstars World, a competition for world-class startups, is its flagship project.

The two partners reached out to small entrepreneurs who presented innovative energy proposals focused on electric mobility, accumulation, distributed generation and energy efficiency, thereby contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Particular emphasis is placed on Objective 7, which calls for the guarantee of clean energy at affordable prices for everyone.