Diwa Innovation, Atarec, and Data 354 are the winners of the 5th EDF Pulse Africa Awards

The EDF Pulse Africa Awards Ceremony took place in Paris on Thursday, March 7, 2024, and honored the winners of the 5th edition, in the presence of Luc Rémont, Chairman and CEO of the EDF Group. The start-ups Diwa Innovation, Atarec, and Data 354 distinguished themselves among the 6 finalists qualified at the end of the "EDF Pulse Africa Tour", preselection round covering the 5 regions of the African continent.

The 6 finalists, who presented their projects to the jury in Paris on Thursday, March 7, were selected at the end of 5 regional stages (East Africa, Southern Africa, North Africa, Central Africa and West Africa) of the EDF Pulse Africa Tour. The 6 finalists were then coached to prepare for their pitches before the grand final.

From left to right: Francis Romano (KNIGHTS ENERGY) ; Luc Rémont, Chairman and CEO of EDF Group, Béatrice Buffon, Group Senior Executive Vice-President, International Division of EDF Group, Mohamed Taha El Ouaryachi (ATAREC), Didier Dinamou (DIWA INNOVATION) , Therence Temfack (DATA 354) ; Christ Anderson Ahoua Bouha, EDF Africa Communication Manager.

Highlights of the 5th edition

427 start-ups applied for this 2023 edition of the EDF Pulse Africa awards (compared with 79 for the 1st edition in 2017), covering more than half of the 54 African countries.  

Three prizes were awarded to African start-ups and SMEs offering innovative solutions in three categories: Low-carbon decentralized production, Energy efficiency and low-carbon consumption solutions and Decarbonization through Digital solutions.

  • First place went to Diwa Innovation (Cameroon): this start-up designs energy-sufficient refrigerators (using clay and solar PV). It also received the Coup de cœur du jury Prize, in partnership with HEC Paris, for personalized support from the HEC West Africa Hub.
  • Second place went to Atarec (Morocco): this start-up produces renewable energy for ports and their surrounding areas at competitive costs, using "Wave Beat" technology that has been patented in 70 countries and ex aequo, Data 354 (Ivory Coast): this start-up identifies biomass sites by analyzing satellite imagery.

And last, start-up Knights Energy won the jury's Coup de boost Award, for a partnership with EDF Kenya.

Winners were awarded prizes ranging from €10,000 to €20,000, plus a complete support to develop a pilot project with one of the prizewinners and to implement the solutions proposed by the start-up.

A look at the 6 finalists of the edition 2023

Discover the 6 finalists qualified at the end of the EDF Pulse Africa Tour, preselection round covering the 5 regions of the African continent.

ATAREC

ATAREC

Winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Award in Casablanca (Morocco) on October 25, 2023, Advanced Third Age Renewable Energies Company (ATAREC), Moroccan start-up, give the opportunity to open a possibility to a sustainable marine energy thanks to her solution, the Wave Beat. An energy technology patented over 70 countries which has proved its effectiveness at the Port of Tanger. ATAREC won Second Prize at the Grand Final on 7 March 2024.

Data 354

DATA 354

Winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Award in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) on November 9, 2023, The ivorian start-up Data 354 supports governmental, public and private institutions in data expertise. It also proposes to set up a web application to indicate carbon stock, biomass and to measure the vegetation index in areas intended for agroforestry. DATA 354 won Second Prize at the Grand Final on 7 March 2024.

Knights Energy - For ptofessional Solar Solutions

Knights & Apps

Winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Award in Nairobi, Kenya, on September 6 & 7, 2023, this company is designing renewable energy solutions for industrial, commercial, and residential applications that enable individuals and organizations to be part of a sustainable green energy powered world. Knights & Apps won the jury's Coup de Boost Award for its partnership with EDF Kenya.

PYLON

Pylon

Winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Prize at the Green Transition Challenge on June 15, 2023, Egyptian start-up Pylon (YC S21) is developing an infrastructure management platform for utilities in emerging energy markets.

SeaH4 - Sustainable fuels

SeaH4 PTY

Winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Award in Pretoria (South Africa) on October 18, 2023, SeaH4 PTY is elaborating 3rd generation biofuels, offering a zero carbon emission alternative to fossil fuels. This solution perfectly meets South Africa's needs on its mission to achieve zero net CO₂ emissions and give the rural population the means to develop.

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