(Business in Cameroon) - Young Cameroonian engineer Triomphant Tchulang who was representing his country at the final of the EDF Pulse Africa 2019 innovation competition, organized on November 21, 2019, in Paris by French energy company EDF, won the prize “coup de cœur.”
The Cameroonian engineer was rewarded through his start-up Clean Energy Services, which sells Off-Grid power generation solutions aimed at powering solar-powered freezers and refrigerators in remote sites.
The kits sold by Clean Energy Services are composed of solar panels, adapted refrigerator and LED bulbs. The kits are sold on credit provided the buyer pays an initial deposit of 20% of the kit’s value.
The solution is aimed in particular at populations in isolated sites engaged in activities that require cold: catering, sale of fresh products (meat, fish, etc.).
The five winners of EDF Africa Pulse 2019 won grants ranging from €5,000 to €15,000, as well as comprehensive support, including operational and financial advice, project development partnerships with incubators based in African countries, access to EDF's innovation ecosystem including R&D, EDF's internal creativity labs and the subsidiary specializing in support for EDF Pulse Croissance start-ups.
Triomphant Tchulang and Clean Energy Services join on the podium of this competition other Cameroonian start-ups, winners of previous editions. These include Fabien Kouatcha's Save Our Agriculture, "Prix coup de coeur" from the 2nd edition of EDF Pulse Africa in 2018, and Cameroonian start-up Eduair, 3rd prize of this competition in 2017.
Created in 2017, the competition EDF Pulse Africa challenge is aimed at supporting entrepreneurial dynamism in Africa with two main objectives: identifying potential partners by finding the continent's technological nuggets and supporting innovation by involving local entrepreneurs in the development of innovative offers.