Highlights from the Global Alliance Africa Kenya Energy Catalyst Competition Information Event
In line with its mandate to provide efficient energy solutions to Africa’s myriad of energy challenges through the deployment of innovative technology and business models, the Global Alliance Africa Project, delivered by Innovate UK KTN, hosted a hybrid informative Energy Catalyst briefing and brokerage event in Kenya in March 2023, to give information about the Energy Catalyst Round 10 funding call.
Hosting the event in Nairobi was a significant step towards promoting sustainable and affordable energy solutions in Kenya. The event was attended by several stakeholders in the energy sector, including George Aluru, the Chairperson of the Electricity Sector Association of Kenya, and the Strathmore Energy Research Centre.
The event provided a platform for participants to discuss and explore innovative energy solutions, share ideas, and network with other stakeholders. George Aluru’s presence added weight to the event as he shared insights into the challenges facing the Kenyan energy sector and highlighted the government’s commitment to developing sustainable energy solutions. He emphasised the need for collaborative efforts between the government, private sector, and other stakeholders to achieve the country’s energy goals.
The Strathmore Energy Research Centre also played a significant role in the event by providing research-based insights into the latest trends and developments in the energy sector. The Centre’s expertise was instrumental in shaping the discussions and providing valuable guidance on how to overcome some of the challenges facing the industry.
Overall, the Energy Catalyst event in Nairobi was a success. The participants left with a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Kenyan energy sector and a renewed commitment to working together towards a more sustainable and affordable energy future.
About Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst Fund
The Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 10 Funding Competition is a funding opportunity for UK-based companies and research organisations that are working on innovative energy projects. The competition is run by the UK government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and is designed to support the development of new technologies and business models that can help to address the world’s energy challenges.
The competition is open to projects that are focused on the following themes:
1. Energy access
2. Energy storage and distribution
3. Clean growth
Applications are judged on several criteria, such as the potential impact of the project, the technical and commercial viability of the proposed solution, and the capability of the team. Successful applicants receive funding to develop their projects, with the amount of funding depending on the stage of development and the size of the project.
The goal of the Energy Catalyst Round 10 is to support the development of innovative energy technologies and solutions that can help to address global energy challenges and create new business opportunities for UK-based companies.
Energy Catalyst Round 10 funding is now open with a deadline of 28th June 2023. To be in scope for Energy Catalyst round 10 your project must address both energy access and clean energy. Click here for full information about the funding opportunity.
You can also register for B2B Match virtual brokerage to find partners for your Innovate UK Energy Catalyst Round 10 application: https://energy-catalyst-networking.b2match.io/
About Global Alliance Africa
The Global Alliance Africa project is a six-year project funded by UK Aid through Innovate UK (GCRF) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
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Energy Catalyst Round 10
Opens: 27/02/2023 Closes: 29/06/2023
Up to £10m across 3 stages, to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.
Global Alliance Africa
We are delivering a 6-year (2019-2025) UK International Development funded Global Alliance Africa project which aims to build new and stronger UK-African partnerships to maximise the creation of inclusive market access, funding and investment opportunities through innovation knowledge transfer between the UK, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.