For its fourth edition, EDF Pulse Africa is evolving and providing the resources to support the development of businesses on the African continent. In order to encourage the innovation ecosystem as a whole and to offer greater opportunities to entrepreneurs, EDF is relaunching its call for projects which is aimed at African start-ups and SMEs. The "EDF Pulse Africa Tour" pre-selection stages are being held in the 7 countries where the Group is present, but the principal change is the launch of the EDF Pulse Africa Factory: this year, 4 winners will be able to participate in this acceleration programme, which brings together partners committed to coaching and supporting the growth of African start-ups in the field of energy access.
In order to increase the opportunities for financing, structuring and business development in the energy sector in Africa, EDF Pulse Africa is being relaunched for its 2021 edition. The call for projects aimed at African start-ups and SMEs is taking place from 25 June to 26 July 2021 via the www.africa-pulse.edf.com platform. The pre-selection of candidates will follow the same procedures as in previous years: candidates from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Togo will be invited to present their project to a panel of local experts during the pre-selection stages of the EDF Pulse Africa Tour.
"Energy at the heart of entrepreneurial innovation" remains the principal theme of the EDF Pulse Africa Tour. A theme designed to promote dialogue and interaction between the key players in the energy and entrepreneurship sectors. The various events will be organised in partnership with African incubators and other EDF institutional partners. In short, a real springboard for all the candidates attending the event!
Applications from the 47 other countries will be processed electronically by our internal committee (5 candidates selected). The 15 finalists will go to Paris on 2 or 9 December to present their project in front of a Grand Jury convened for the occasion (in accordance with the relevant health guidelines).
Key dates for EDF Pulse Africa 2021:
- October - November: pre-selection of candidates via the platform and local juries in:
- South Africa October 14 in Pretoria
- Cameroon October 19 in Douala
- Cote d'Ivoire October 28 in Abidjan
- Morocco November 4 in Casablanca
- Kenya November 9 in Nairobi
- Togo November 16 in Lome
- December 17: Final and awards ceremony (place to be confirmed)