The Digital Energy Challenge for startups is back, offering a platform for innovative digital projects aimed at enhancing energy access and grid services across Africa. This annual competition recognizes and rewards the most promising startups in the energy sector, providing them with financial support, technical assistance, and widespread visibility.

Fostering Innovation in Energy Systems

Startups focusing on universal electricity access and mini-grids are encouraged to submit their projects, contributing to efforts to extend reliable energy services to underserved communities. Projects aimed at improving grid management efficiency play a vital role in optimizing energy distribution systems, enhancing reliability, and reducing wastage.

Resilience and Decarbonization of Power Systems

Innovative solutions addressing the resilience and decarbonization of power systems are crucial for building sustainable energy infrastructures and combating climate change. Winning startups stand to receive financial support of up to €150,000, coupled with technical assistance to further develop and scale their projects.

Cross-Sectorial Boot Camp

Selected startups will participate in a joint boot camp facilitated by experts from various sectors, offering valuable insights, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The projects of winning startups will be promoted through extensive communication campaigns led by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), amplifying their impact and visibility.

Eligibility Criteria: Pioneering Entrepreneurs

Startups must meet specific eligibility criteria, including being founded less than 10 years ago, in the pre-seed/early-stage financing phase, and employing between 1 and 99 full-time employees.

NGOs as Start-ups

NGOs can also apply under the startup category if their projects meet certain additional criteria, such as being digital, innovative, and locally headquartered or active in project management within the country.

How to Apply: Seizing the Opportunity

1. Download the application pack for Start-ups.

2. Complete the application form and prepare the required documents.

3. Submit the project before the deadline on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 23:59 CET.

As the digital energy landscape continues to evolve, the Digital Energy Challenge 2024 stands as a beacon of opportunity for startups and NGOs alike, driving innovation, sustainability, and progress in the energy sector across Africa.