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Energy Access from the Bottom Up: Start-up and SME Showcase 2018

Energy Access from the Bottom Up: Start-up and SME Showcase 2018

by Apoorva Satpathy, India (EUREC 2016-17) - Analyst and Project Assistant; Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), Brussels

The publication “Energy Access from the Bottom Up: Start-up and SME Showcase 2018” shines a spotlight on 15 innovative African and European start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises in the energy access space, mostly active in Africa. This publication is supported by Africa-EU energy partnership (AEEP) and UNIDO and the implementation is supported by Federal Ministry of Austria, GNSEC and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

It is prepared as background information to the context of the Business Forum “Decentralized Energy in Developing Countries”, held in Vienna on 2nd October 2018. The Business Forum is a side event of the High-Level Conference on “Regional Cooperation to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries”, taking place on 3rd October 2018 in Vienna, Austria, as part of the Austrian Presidency of the Council for the European Union, and as part of European efforts more broadly to support sustainable energy in Africa. It also marks a follow-up in the discussions initiated and implemented by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development around their initiative Green People’s Energy for Africa as part of the Zambia Off-Grid Investors Forum, held in Lusaka, Zambia, in June 2018.

The aim of the Business Forum, and of this publication, is to contribute to the global efforts to scale up private sector and innovation capacities in Africa to make SDG-7 and particularly universal access to energy services - a reality by 2030. In particular, the event and publication provide:

  • first-hand insights into operations on the ground;
  • key ideas and recommendations for the public sector;
  • promote the uptake of renewable energy business opportunities, and
  • inform about new technology solutions in fields like digitalisation and fintech, which are elementary parts to be considered for increasing sub-regional cooperation and implementing fit-for-use policies and standards.

The publication can be found here: https://www.ruralelec.org/sites/default/files/ARE%20Energy%20Access%20from%20the%20Bottom%20Up%20Final.pdf

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