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Press release: Mobisol Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum, and Ashden Award Winner

  • World Economic Forum on Wednesday announced its selection of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers 2017
  • Companies were selected for their potential to significantly impact business and society through new technologies, and advance the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Mobisol, which designs and distributes de-central solar solutions for households and businesses off the central electricity grid in East Africa, made it to the selection for its contributions in the field of sustainable energy
  • Mobisol was awarded an Ashden Special Jury Award, acknowledged for its long-term engagement in providing large solar solutions for end-users in East Africa with a focus on productive-use

Berlin, June 14, 2017 – Mobisol, the Berlin-based company that has electrified over 80,000 households and small businesses in East Africa over the past five years, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “technology pioneers”, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies.
Mobisol focuses on plug-and-play solar solutions, e.g. high-quality solar home systems in sizes from 80 to 200Wp that can be combined with efficient direct-current appliances such as TVs, stereos, radios and the like. The products are being designed or tested for the market by Mobisol and then distributed through the company‘s over 50 shops in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania where lower income customers can get access to electricity for the first time in their lives by paying off their solar products in instalments over 36 months via Mobile Money.
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community are early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.
“We welcome Mobisol in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “We hope that thanks to this selection, the World Economic Forum can facilitate greater collaboration with business leaders, governments, civil society and other relevant individuals to accelerate the development of technological solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.”
The Technology Pioneers were selected by a committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives and based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter and Wikimedia.
In addition to being recognized as a Technology Pioneer, Mobisol is attending the annual Ashden conference where CEO Thomas Gottschalk and Chief Strategy Officer Thomas Duveau will receive a special jury Award on behalf of the company. The Ashden Awards are given to pioneers in sustainable energy and are a globally recognized measure of excellence.
“It’s an honour to the company, and to me personally, to be acknowledged with these two prestigious awards”, said Thomas Gottschalk. “It shows us that from the one first solar system that we installed in Tanzania, we have grown to a scalable social business that is able to demonstrate where the next big market is growing: Decentralized solar electricity combined with highly efficient DC appliances. We want to trigger others to come and join us in our mission: To plug in the world.“
International Ashden Award winners receive £20,000 in prize money along with a tailored package of support to help scale up their work.
All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here:
More information on past winners can be found here.
Find more details on this year’s Ashden awards week:
Photos, a 1-minute video and a detailed case study are available here:

About Mobisol: Mobisol focuses on innovative solar solutions for decentralized electricity in developing and emerging markets. So far, Mobisol has installed over 8 MW of capacity only through stand-alone solar units in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (
About Ashden: Since the Ashden Awards were founded in 2001, Ashden has rewarded more than 190 enterprises around the world which so far have collectively improved the lives of some 79 million people, saving more than ten million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Funders of the 2017 Ashden Awards include Citi, Ecotricity, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Grosvenor, the IKEA Foundation, Impax Asset Management, Oak Foundation, UK aid, and the Waterloo Foundation.