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EDF launches 2nd edition of EDF Pulse Africa Awards

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Friday, 01 June 2018

EDF launches 2nd edition of EDF Pulse Africa Awards

Spurred on by the success of its first EDF Pulse Africa competition, which came to a close in December 2017, EDF is repeating the initiative with the very same goal: spotlighting and supporting African innovators who are contributing to the continent’s energy growth. Starting on the 23rd of May 2018, African start-ups will be able to submit projects in three categories: off-grid power generation, electricity uses & services and access to water through electrical power (farming and drinking water). Start-ups are now a permanent fixture in Africa’s socio-economic landscape. However, Africa’s economic momentum is accompanied by a more complex reality where young entrepreneurs struggle to get funding and expand their businesses, these being the main obstacles to the development of start-ups.With its EDF Pulse Africa awards, EDF is seeking to support entrepreneurship in Africa by pursuing two goals:
-Identifying potential partners by unearthing the continent’s technological talents;
-Supporting innovation by involving local entrepreneurs in the development of more innovative offerings.
The competition is open to start-ups in all African countries, including both French and English-speaking countries. They will have until the 9th of July 2018 to submit their applications on the following website: https://africa-pulse.edf.com. Committees made up of experts specialising in the field of innovation will select the ten most innovative projects and from this selection, the Grand Jury will award three prizes. The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Paris on the 22nd of November 2018.

Source: edf.fr