Microsoft entered into a strategic partnership with Tunisian renewable energy firm Saphon Energy at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Morocco this week, Ventures Africa reported.

The agreement was signed with Microsoft 4Afrika, a branch off multinational Microsoft who will supply Saphon Energy with financial and technology support and large scale visibility, Ventures Africa reported.

Saphon Energy developed a bladeless wind turbine dubbed the ‘Saphonian’ or ‘Zero-blade Wind Converter’. The generated energy will be used to pump water and expand connectivity, Ventures Africa reported.saphonian-by-saphon-energy

The Maraya is another invention which Saphon is designing which will have the ability to collect and monitor data, Ventures Africa reported.

Managing Director of Microsoft Morocco, Samir Benmakhlouf, said that they fully supported unique innovations such as these which will drive Africa to new heights.

 ‘Microsoft 4Afrika’s support of Saphon Energy is a perfect illustration of our commitment to promote new ideas born in Africa with the potential to change the world…

 North Africa is an important region to us. We see tremendous potential for technology in the region to transform the lives of people, increase business aptitude and bring positive change across society’, Benmakhlouf said.

 Anis Aouini, Mastermind of Saphon Energy, said that African technology companies were encouraged to preserver and continue to achieve great results with the support received from companies such as Microsoft, Ventures Africa reported.

Microsoft and AFEM started the Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco which encourages and teaches women to start their own business using advanced Cloud Technology. The first 50 women were introduced at the GES summit, Ventures Africa reported.

‘We believe that cloud computing has the greatest potential to transform competitiveness amongst SMEs and start-ups, delivering greater access to IT, slashing costs and enabling more agile, innovative business models. We look forward to seeing the business models that come out of the Academy’, Benmakhlouf added.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.