Award for Digital Innovations in Clean Energy (Kenya)

Access to clean energy remains a considerable challenge and a top govement priority in Kenya. As transition to decentralized energy and e-mobility moves a pace in Kenya, digital innovations become essential for optimization, monitoring, regulation and financing.

Startup|Energy is calling on innovators and spin-offs from Kenyan universities to take part in the Digital Energy Solutions Award 2024.

Eligible to participate are

  • Students, (post-)docs and staff of all Kenyan universities
  • Startups (not older than 5 years) with a demonstrated affiliation to a Kenyan university


This is what participants can win:

  1. The winners will receive a cash prize:
      • 1st prize 200k KSH
      • 2nd prize 150k KSH
      • 3rd prize 100k KSH
  1. Pitch at international Demo-Day:
    Additionally the top five finalist will have the great opportunity to pitch their innovation and solution to international investors, organizations or potential cooperation partners at an virtual Demo-Day.
  2. Increased visibility:
    The three winners will also be featured in an article that will appear in Sun-Connect News(>10,000 subscribers worldwide).


What do applicants have to show?

  1. They have developed a digital solution that can be used in Kenya’s renewable energy sector, for example (the list below is only suggestive and not exhaustive):
      • To make energy production or distribution more efficient
      • To improve energy solutions for health, education, logistics, water, sanitation, efficiency, mobility, agriculture, among many other sectors.
      • To support or enable financial services and product offerings  in clean energy sector
      • To measure or control or monitor energy consumption or production
  1. They already have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that they have tested with potential customers. Innovative ideas that have not progressed to MVP stage are not eligible.
  2. They must submit a pitch deck


Deadline for applications: 19. 07. 2024

Here you can find more information and the application form. Apply now!


The Award is sponsered by: