Many of the international companies that dominate the African off-grid industry today were creative start-ups not long ago in an industry sector that was largely untapped at the time. Some of the pioneers from that time are now idols for a growing number of young Africans who want to found their own start-ups with new ideas. Their goal: strengthening a decentralised energy supply in their country.
The advantage of local start-ups compared to international companies often lies in their proximity to the specific social and cultural requirements of the new energy products. In fact, African energy startups focus mainly on developing solutions to everyday challenges. Many of their products and services are innovations that also provide important impulses for non-African energy companies.
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