Energy Innovation Challenge 2015 (CLOSED)


East Africa Energy Innovation Challenge 2015

The first annual East African Energy Innovation Challenge was an entrepreneurial training course and competition that took place in summer 2015.  Over 225 East African applicants across nine countries applied to the programme by pitching their ideas for providing energy services to off-grid villages.

The entrepreneurs identified a number of issues and opportunities in the off-grid energy space including reliability of supply chain for new forms of energy, the importance of marketing affordable alternative energy sources to potential consumers, and the disproportionate impact on women and girls associated with traditional cooking methods.

Four finalist teams developed their ideas over eight weeks with the Cambridge Development Initiative in Dar es Salaam and pitched their businesses to a panel of judges at the Dare to Change Dar conference, hosted at the Bank of Tanzania.

Congratulations to Chemolex for winning the competition!  Chemolex, founded by James Ogola and Clifford Okoth, provides off-grid rural households with clean, affordable home lighting systems by harnessing and storing solar energy in rechargeable batteries.


Read about the 2015 Entrepreneurs





  • Hilary Muramira

Dream Line Energy

  •  Frank Prosperous
  •  Petro Mwanlima
  •  Ally Mwanja

African Powering

  • Dominick Kihanda
  • Cosmas Muhagachi