Abidjan, at the heart of African innovation

The EDF Pulse Africa Tour finally ended its last West African step in Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, on Thursday, November 9, 2023. This annual tour, launched in 2019, gave the opportunity to 20 start-ups specialized in low-carbon energy from different countries on the African continent, to see their solutions rewarded. EDF is keeping its commitment in Africa by becoming the ramp for African entrepreneurial innovation by rewarding African start-ups for their innovative solutions. 

From left to right: Christ Anderson Ahoua Boua (EDF Africa Communication Manager), Colombe Yao Djirebo (Co-Founder of Smartfin Patrimoinie), Nadeige Tubiana Outtara (Managing Director of Trace Côte d'Ivoire), Mahamane SOW (EDF Regional Director for West Africa) Hafou Touré (Technical Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry), Guillaume Herry (President of the Abidjan Sustainable City Club), Sergine Diome (Deputy Managing Director of Conergies).

Under the patronage of Mr. Mamadou Touré, Minister of Youth, Professional Integration and Civic Service, 8 start-ups from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo presented their innovative projects in front of a full panel of experts in the field, composed of Mahamane Sow (EDF Regional Director for West Africa), Christ Anderson Ahoua Boua (EDF Africa Communication Manager), Guillaume Herry (President of the Abidjan Sustainable City Club) Nadeige Tubiana Ouattara (Managing Director of Trace Côte d'Ivoire),  Sergine Diome (Deputy Managing Director of Conergies), Marjorie Saint Lot (Director of UBER Ivory Coast), Colombe Yao Djirebo (Co-Founder of SmartFin Patrimoine), Jean Eric Minoungou (CEO of Green Engineering Services) and Hafou Touré (Technical Advisor to the Minister of Trade and Industry).

After several hours of deliberation, two prizes were given to West African start-ups:

Therence Temfack representative of the start-up Data 354, winner of the EDF Pulse Africa Awards.

DATA 354 wins the first prize EDF Pulse Africa

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.

More information about DATA 354

Henry Lamba, CEO of Schrödinger Technologie and Christ Anderson Ahoua Boua.

Coup de Coeur prize was awarded to the start-up Schrödinger Technologie

Schrödinger Technologie, a Nigerian company, specializes in the development of portable water purification devices that can be replenished by solar energy and a filtration technology that eliminates 99% of viruses and bacteria in 90 seconds. 

More information about Schrödinger Technologie

DATA 354 is the last finalist of the Tour. It joins Pylon, Knights Energy Kenya, SeaH4 PTY Ltd, ATAREC and Diwa Innovation for the EDF PULSE AFRICA Grand Final in December 2023.

EDF Pulse Africa Tour stage by stage

Next stage, March 2024 for the Grand Final in Paris (France).

5th stage

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The EDF Pulse Africa Tour came to an end with its last step in West Africa in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), on Thursday, November 09, 2023.

4th stage

Douala, Cameroon

On October 31st, 2023, Spotlight on the startups that are standing out in Central Africa's energy landscape.

3rd stage

Casablanca, Morocco

On October 25th, 2023, Morocco was the destination of Energetic Innovation with EDF Pulse Africa Tour.

2nd stage

Pretoria, South Africa

On October 18th, 2023, Innovation has been unveiled in South Africa at the EDF Pulse Africa Tour 2023.

1st stage

Nairobi, Kenya

On september 6th & 7th, 2023, Innovation in the energy sector was in the spotlight at the Africa Climate Week (ACW).