Engie Africa invites young people to join the project to make water and electricity more accessible in Africa. The call for projects was launched on May 6, 2019 and will close on June 6 of the same year.
Engie’s Africa subsidiary has recently launched a call for tenders for start-ups that offer new technologies or innovative services in the water and electricity sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Through this initiative, the company aims to improve access to electricity and drinking water in this part of the continent where at least 600 million people do not have access to electricity. In addition, 17% of the urban population is deprived of drinking water. The projects submitted must take into account the following criteria:
– Innovative nature of the solution;
– Technological level ;
– Energy efficiency (ideally labelled);
– Project maturity (the solution must exist physically: projects at the concept stage will not be selected);
– Consistency of the proposed economic model;
– Feasibility / economic viability;
– Possibility of quick project launch / Easy implementation.
With this initiative, Engie Africa aims to support development through solutions that facilitate the rapid and efficient supply of water and electricity in urban areas of sub-Saharan Africa at an affordable price for all. These solutions should make use of the possibilities offered by digital technology and be adaptable to other geographical areas.
The selected projects will first receive funding for the test period during which the winner will have to test the effectiveness of the solution he/she proposes. Then, if the results are conclusive, Engie Afrique will participate technically and financially in the development of the solution.
The deadline for applications is 6 June 2019. Full details of the offer are available here.
Engie’s Africa subsidiary sees off-grid energy as the solution to the energy deficit facing the African continent. According to the company’s estimates, “the potential of off-grid solutions will provide access to green electricity for 30 million people by 2025”.
In addition to this offer, Engie Africa is also looking for start-ups that offer new technologies and services to develop electric cooking in remote rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.