$50,000 Prize For Energy Entrepreneurs

TOTAL, ENEA Consulting, SEforALL and Acumen have launched the Energy Access Booster 2020 call for projects to support energy access entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia.

This is in line with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which is Access to reliable, affordable and clean energy. To achieve this goal requires providing electricity to 1.0 billion people and clean cooking systems to 3.0 billion people worldwide by 2030.


  • Entrepreneurs must be from Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia
  • Give the high number of East African Entrepreneurs selected in the 2019 edition, preference will be given to Entrepreneurs operating outside East Africa.

Benefits: Selected Entrepreneurs will benefit from some or all of the following support depending on their needs, and capability of each partner.

  • A financial contribution of a maximum of $ 50,000 per selected entrepreneur
  • A strategic advisory consulting mission***
  • Operational support
  • Publicity for their company

The selected entrepreneurs will receive support in areas that include identification of relevant and sustainable business models, customer acquisition and retention, pilot project development, production organization, building appropriate distribution models, national or international scale-up, and financing.

Deadline: The call for projects is ongoing at the Clean Cooking forum and will be closed for applications December 13, 2019

The selection of the successful applicants is scheduled to take place by the end of January 2020, and the support will be provided for up to 14 months following their selection. “LPG technologies are included” small scale means projects used for non-industrial purposes (e.g. for waste-to-power a maximum installed capacity will be ~500KW)

“only if the project takes place in an eligible zone: these are countries and zones which are assessed as “normal vigilance” or “enhanced vigilance” by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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