Launch of the Access to Energy Institute – First collaborative research and development platform in the solar off-grid industry

The launch of the Access to Energy Institute was announced by its founder, Thomas Gottschalk, jointly with its four funders, the IKEA Foundation, DOEN Foundation, Good Energies Foundation and the Dutch development bank FMO.

The A2EI is a new organization form in the access to energy space. The A2EI strives to become the first charitable and collaborative research and development platform in the solar offgrid industry.

Millions of households have been equipped with innovative solar solutions developed by the fast growing solar home system industry. However, productive use appliances and larger solar solutions that can empower small businesses and small scale agriculture, create jobs and generate income are still mostly missing. The team at A2EI, which is composed of seasoned solar offgrid pioneers and based both in Berlin and Arusha, is convinced that a non-for-profit and co-development environment, in which commercial returns are not the main rationale, is ideal to invent/develop, build and pilot these solutions.

Next to own R&D projects, the A2EI is putting its technical, personnel and financial resources to the disposition of entrepreneurs who may need a nurturing environment to get from the ideation to the execution phase.

The intellectual property developed within and together with the A2EI will be accessible to the whole sector. Sharing innovation rather than privatizing it seems a prerequisite to foster a much faster adoption and scaling of solar solutions in order to achieve the sustainable development goal number 7 from the United Nations “access to energy for all”.

The team around Thomas Gottschalk will strive to forcefully make the point that collaboration can be an important complement to the innovation which emanates from competition. Together with entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and customers, the A2EI believes it can be much faster when it comes to building the much needed solar generators, solar welding machines, solar agricultural tools and machines, solar cooling solutions and many more.

KAKUTE Bridge Program

The KAKUTE Bridge program, in partnership with the JR Institute of Information technology (JRIIT) will bring this formal entrepreneurship training syllabus to students studying technical trades who are ideal candidates for business startups.

Objectives:

Connecting the brightest graduates with partnered business accelerators, the Bridge program will become a mechanism for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

The plan

4 phase entrepreneur and business incubation program:

  • Awareness campaign: including student ambassadors, promotional material (posters) etc.
  • Business plan competition: to be submitted in soft/ hard copy at COB WS2
  • Five practical workshops culminating in product exhibition with potential customers
  • KPCL Bridge Program; the KAKUTE business incubation program.

Expected outcome:

  • 260 JRIIT students Improved understanding of entrepreneurship fundamentals and the culture that exists in starting a new business.
  • 150 candidates: expression and definition of business ideas through completion of business plans
  • 10 male and 10 female entrepreneurs: Further define business concepts through business incubation, additional entrepreneurship training
  • 10 entrepreneurs Graduates of the Bridge program receive intensive mentorship and are introduced to our partner accelerator Twende.

Treasure from TAREA

Treasure from TAREA Northern Zone branch who is Operational Manager from KPCL  required to assist  preparation of Renewable energy day in Singida, this include pre visit and various meetings to participant on government, institution, private sector and service vendors

Opening of the event done by Regional commissioner of Singinda whereby all districts in Singida instructed to start Renewable energy desk with collaboration of TAREA, and Development Officer to be key contact person.