French electric utility company Electricity Du France (EDF), has launched the second edition of its EDF Pulse Africa competition, which seeks to support African innovators who contribute to the continent’s energy growth.
The competition aims to support young African innovators who come up with economical solutions toward giving people access to electricity across the continent by pursuing two goals:
- Identifying potential partners by unearthing the continent’s technological talents
- And supporting innovation by involving local entrepreneurs in the development of more innovative offerings.
Speaking to GhanaWeb News at the launch of the programme, the country representative for EDF, Olivier Clement said he realised most young entrepreneurs struggle to get funding and expand their businesses. As such EDF decided to support these entrepreneurs. Read more: Local entrepreneurs pioneering smart villages in Africa
“EDF wants to push the start-ups to go further and it’s not easy to be a start-up and just try to launch your activity. So EDF is very proud to help any start-up in Africa to develop its activity,” said Clement.
Submissions close in July
African start-ups will be able to submit projects in three categories: off-grid power generation; electricity uses and services; and access to water through electrical power (farming and drinking water).
The competition is open to start-ups in all African countries.
Interested innovators will have until the 9th of July 2018 to submit their applications on the following website: https://africa-pulse.edf.com.
Committees made up of experts specialising in the field of innovation will select the ten most innovative projects and from this selection, the top three will go to the next round.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Paris on the 22nd of November 2018.
Watch below as Clement explains further about the competition.