Kenya's SolarFreeze wins the best energy access startup prize

Kenya's SolarFreeze was awarded the Africa Energy Prize at the recently held RES-EXPO conference. SolarFreeze makes and sells solar-powered cold storage unit systems that provide refrigeration services to smallholder farmers and traders with no need for grid connection.

The prize was awarded to SolarFreeze by The Enel Group, through its new division Enel X, and Swiss-based group Seedstars World (Seedstars).

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“We are glad to support a company promoting development in rural villages through innovative electrification solutions. During the selection process for the Africa Energy Prize, we have identified a number of startups bringing unique energy projects to the Continent. These new business models, which couple socio-economic growth with the development of commercial and productive activities, are truly key to making Africa’s future greener and more sustainable.” said Riccardo Amoroso, Head of Innovation and Product Lab at Enel X.

Following the award, the Kenyan energy startup will enter a three-month programme worth approximately $50,000 in acceleration services and cash funded by Seedstars.

“Almost 600 million people are lacking access to electricity in Africa. Solving energy issues through entrepreneurship and technology is, therefore, a critical agenda point at Seedstars where we aim to find real solutions to real problems. Seedstars is glad to have Enel onboard to help support some of the greatest entrepreneurs, disruptors, and innovators in this space.” said Alisee de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars.

Enel’s collaboration with Seedstars began formally in July 2017 when the two signed a cooperation agreement. The partners engaged the small-scale entrepreneurs who are providing innovative energy solutions focused on electric mobility, storage, distributed generation and energy efficiency, thereby tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG7 - ensuring affordable and clean energy for all. The agreement established the Africa Energy Track challenge aimed at identifying innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa within the framework of the Seedstars World startup competition.

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