Andreas Spiess pitches Solarkiosk from Berlin
Ecosummit TV: Andreas Spiess wants to bridge the energy divide in Africa as it is the biggest roadblock for development. At ECO13 Berlin, he pitches Solarkiosk that targets 800 million Africans without access to energy. The Berlin-based cleantech startup develops and operates Solarkiosks to provide solar-powered local commerce hubs to offgrid communities. Their vision are entire smart green villages powered by renewable energies. Up to now, Solarkiosk runs 7 sunshops in Ethiopia and 5 in Kenya and has got one year of experience in the field. Having invested €5M Solarkiosk now wants to raise a big VC round to reach the milestone of 100 Solarkiosks in operation. In my opinion, this startup is one of the most exciting I have seen so far, not only because I was born in Nairobi. In fact, I encourage all of us to get involved in at least one renewable energy project in developing countries. Solarkiosk is an obvious candidate.
The ECO13 Berlin presentation slides of Andreas are available as PDF.
Tags: Africa, Andreas Spiess, Berlin, Cleantech Startup, Developing Countries, ECO13 Berlin, Ecosummit Berlin 2013, Ecosummit TV, Energy Divide, Ethiopia, Graft Architects, Kenya, Offgrid Commerce, renewable energy, Smart Green Startup, Solarkiosk, Sunshop