On November 23, 2018, Black Star Energy, after pitching in front of an EDF Top executive and competing against nine other African finalists, won the second EDF Pulse Africa 2018 awards with a prize of €10,000.
The 10 finalists have been invited for a week in Paris to participate in a three-day coaching session at the EDF training centre called “The Lab” to accelerate their ability to pitch their innovation.
They were selected by an EDF from a panel of 432 startups from 24 African countries.
This second edition attracted four times more entries than last year.
EDF Pulse Africa has confirmed the momentum of African start-ups and their interest in EDF’s support.
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“EDF is committed to supporting African startups willing to growing the continent’s energy sector,” explained the Country representative of EDF in Ghana, Mr Olivier Clement.
“You are a start-up and you would like to be supported by EDF. Be part of EDF Pulse Africa 2019. Next session will start mid of 2019!” said he as he encouraged all.
Black Star Energy from Ghana is specialised in the development of mini-grids. The company already operates 15 of them in the country and aims to connect more than 12, 000 Ghanaians to the grid by the end of the year.
The system has a very high capability factor (over 98 per cent) and allows clients to track their energy usage and pay their bills via smartphone.
The customer relation platform is flexible enough to meet a wide range of customer needs and apply customised time-of-use tariffs.
The start-ups CEO, Ms Nicole Pointdexter, said the award represented a great opportunity to get in touch with major international companies such as EDF, but especially to strengthen its credibility in the field related to access to energy in Africa.
But EDF support with startups awarded doesn’t end with this final.
This is just the beginning of a programme to facilitate their development: operational and financial advice, project development partnerships with local players and with EDF experts, access to EDF’s innovation ecosystem (EDF’s R&D function and creativity labs).
The EDF is doing its best to put Black Star Energy on the ramp of bigger success.