National Second prize winner


Making life-changing solar affordable for schools in developing settings


Solar4Schools develops an automatic stand-alone solar energy system for schools in developing countries who are struggling with access to affordable and clean energy. Using mobile payments and IoT technology the solar energy system is initially financed by selling phone charger services to the wider community. This subsequently provides an additional income source for the school. Furthermore, the Solar4Schools system enables schools to stop using kerosene and candles, so it is cleaner and enable schools to reduce carbon emission by 91% per year. The community will also benefit by not having to walk 2-10km to the town for phone charging, but rather go to the school, which in turn will place schools at the centre of the community. Our starting point is Kenya which is a country with an enormous potential for investment in solar energy. While its use in the country is increasing, at present it is problematic. This is because most solar products in the country are designed for homes.

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  • 2019 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Solutions for Emerging Markets
  • Norway
  • € 20
  • € 5.5k
  • 5
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  • 1. Founder And Head Of Operations - Wenjing Yang. Wenjing Has A Master’s Degree In Innovation And Special Dynamics And Possesses Three Years’ Experience In Social Innovation In Kenya And Sweden. 2. Product Development - Mariusz Maruszak. Marius Is An Electronic Engineer And Is Involved In The System Optimization And Testing Of The Product. 3. CFO - Chung Tsz Chung. Our Financial Officer Chung Has Experience In Working In Similar Projects And Has Worked In Kenya, Sudan And Egypt. Chung Has A Master’s In Finance And Is A Serial Entrepreneur With Projects In Hong Kong And Norway. 4. Business Developer - Lulu Pownall. Raised In East Africa But Now Living In Nordic, Lulu Has A Master’s Degree In Economics And Business Administration And Has Experience Working In Development Projects For International Consultant Companies And NGOs In Africa. Her Experience In Working In Both Europe And Africa Provides Improves Our Company’s Understanding Of The Working Environment In Africa. 5. Sales Manager: Wangari Watene. Our Sales Manager Is A Native Kenyan Currently Living In Nairobi. Wangari Has Three Years’ Ground Experience With Us In Kenya And Has Been Working In The Field Of Social Innovation For More Than Two Years With International Organizations In The Country.

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