The Demo Day was a culmination of the Bootcamp phase of the Negawatt Challenge where four teams showcased working prototypes of their innovative solutions to the energy efficiency issues of Nairobi. Two top teams will then be selected to advance to the final Acceleration stage, which places an emphasis on the minimum viable product (MVP) design and business pitch deck development for investors. The Boot camp included one month of mentorship and entrepreneurship training at @iBizAfrica for the following Negawatt startup teams identified through the Negawatt Weekend: Angaza, Wattsaver, Wezesha Huduma, and Plugin.
The team unveiled a solution to help energy consumers move from grid to solar bit by bit. The Angaza Smart Energy Device also promises to help consumers Keep track of consumption reducing monthly utility bill by optimally connecting different home appliances to different energy sources. Starting off with Kshs15,000 (∼US$155) for a Kshs100,000 (∼US$1,030) system, users will enjoy affordable and stable power supply and smart energy management and monitoring. The team behind this innovation are all young engineering students, namely Phillip Ochola (Team Leader), Frankline Mogoi (User Experience Specialist), Clement Nzau (Marketing Specialist), and Caroline Njeri (Business Lead).
The startup team is composed of Joseph Kanyi (Team Leader), Daniel Simiyu (Research & Software Design Specialist), Brian Mutwiri (Hardware and Software Architect), Dennis Mwanza (IT and Business Lead), and Alloice Lagat (UI/UX Lead). They designed a smart device - Wattsaver - that automatically switches off power supply to a fully charged device and electronic gadget on standby. The energy-saving gadget not only guarantees savings in energy bills but also preserves and extends the life of electronic gadgets and batteries.
This startup team launched smart biogas-producing and monitoring technology. They unveiled the automated Green Cell Energy Technology. Their solution is a redesign of the traditional bio-gas dome, where the dome structure is replaced with a new greenhouse structure and layered tanks. The new design is incorporated with Internet of Things (IoT) technology where sensors are able to detect the temperature and methane gas levels required for optimum biogas production. The startup intends to roll out clean and affordable green energy in slum areas of Nairobi. Wezesha Huduma is comprised of Paul Kimanga (Team leader), Lenah Wanjiku (Lead Engineer) Joseph Gitonga ( Lead Software Architect), John Ngugi (Software Developer), and Alex Kachu (Sales and Technical Lead).
This startup invented the Plugin Pulse, a device that will drive solar energy adoption and provide solar energy providers and other energy data consumers with a myriad of energy usage data across different consumer groups, including households, organizations, and factories. The team, positioning itself to be the "Google Analytics of energy data in Africa" is composed of Dr. Winnie Waudo (CEO and Clean Energy Expert), Graham Ingokho (Operations and Technology Lead), Michael Mugo (CFO), Kelvin Micheni (Lead Product Development and R&D), and Pharis Kahama (Lead UX Specialist).
The startups are awaiting with baited breath for the announcement of the top two teams to proceed into the final stage of the Negawatt Challenge, a summer business acceleration program, the aim of which is to set the teams on the path for MVP development and launch and go-to-market.
The winners will be announced this week through a blog post by @iBizAfrica and the iHub.