On November 23, Marianne Laigneau, Group Executive Director in charge of the International Direction, rewarded the three winners of the second edition of the EDF Pulse Africa Awards. These three start-ups, promising projects for the future, will participate actively in the continent's energy development.
The EDF group has rewarded three start-ups among the 436 companies that are candidates for the second edition of the EDF Pulse Africa Awards. The awards were presented by Marianne Laigneau, Group Executive Director in charge of International Management, in the presence of the members of the Grand Jury. The three winners selected by the Grand Jury won prizes ranging from € 5,000 to € 15,000, as well as support facilitating access to EDF's innovation ecosystem and French or international financial institutions.
1st prize: Savanna Circuit Tech Ltd., project led by Kenyan entrepreneur Emmastella Wangui.
2nd prize: Black Star Energy Ltd., project led by entrepreneur Nicole Pointdexter
3rd prize: Two Exaequo, Water Access Rwanda and Solarcreed Nigeria, projects sponsored by entrepreneurs Christelle Kwizera and Saheed
The jury decided to award a special prize "Coup de coeur Occitanie" to Flavien Kouatcha for his project Save Our Agriculture
Marianne Laigneau, Group Executive Director in charge of International Management and President of the EDF Pulse Africa jury, said: "The EDF Pulse Africa Awards are a strong commitment by EDF to support these particularly inspiring initiatives, which contribute to the solutions of tomorrow, which are part of the dynamics of our portfolio of hydropower, biomass and off-grid projects being developed in Africa. For the EDF group, it is also an opportunity to identify those who work today on the energy solutions of tomorrow. "