Off-grid Energy Access & Innovation in Africa

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The Event - Startup Tuesday
Startup Tuesday is a weekly event to inspire and connect with like-minded people. This series of events is a collaboration among innovative hubs that aim to strengthen connections and support impact-driven entrepreneurship in The Hague. It’s the ideal occasion to network, learn from experienced founders, and explore solutions to shared challenges.

Startup Tuesday Programme:
17:00 Talk by Elsie Onsongo
17:30 Q&As
17:45 Networking Drinks [physical editions]

Startup Tuesday is the perfect occasion to become part of the startup community and learn from experienced founders for anyone working at or with startups.

About the talk
Approximately 573 million people still lack adequate access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 calls for action to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030. Meeting this need is a challenging task given that electrification, particularly in rural areas where most un-connected households live, is capital intensive, and demand is unproven. Nevertheless, research and development in this area has yielded promising frugal innovations, among them, off-grid solutions such as mini-grids and solar home systems.

The presentation will explore some of the challenges and opportunities that incumbents and start-ups in East Africa face when deploying technological innovations in off-grid areas, the business models underlying them, socio-cultural factors that influence the demand for and use of off-grid solutions, and a brief commentary about enablers in the policy environment.

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