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Electricite De France (EDF) 2021-2022 Pulse Africa Awards for African Energy Start-ups

Wishing to contribute in facilitating access to energy alongside the agents of change in the
continent, EDF’s International Division initiates a call for projects and launches the “EDF Pulse Awards” in Africa (hereinafter referred to as ” EDF Pulse Africa), in order to be sustainable and effective as a development partner.
The contest is open to start-ups, micro-enterprises and small businesses in Africa that develop innovative solutions in the field of energy. Within the framework of this call for projects, a Grand Jury will award three (3) prize classes, known as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of the Jury, to the project winners in one of the following fields. EDF reserves the right to reward a favorite project with one (1) prize called “Special Prize”:

  • Off-grid electrical production: in this category, the Grand Jury may reward one innovative solution for the production and / or storage of electricity in off-grid area (solar, hydroelectric, wind, thermal, etc.)
  • Electrical uses and services : in this category, the Grand Jury may reward an innovative product or service with low power consumption or a common use of electrical services (Hardware ex: household appliances, tablets, fans, cooling systems … / Services eg mobile money, breakdown service …)
  • Access to water: in this category, the Grand Jury may reward one innovative solution to improve access to water through electricity (agriculture, domestic use, etc.)

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About Electricite De France (EDF)

Électricité de France S.A. (literally Electricity of France), commonly known as EDF, is a French multinational electric utility company, largely owned by the French state. Headquartered in Paris, with €71.2 billion in revenues in 2016, EDF operates a diverse portfolio of 120+ gigawatts of generation capacity in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2009, EDF was the world's largest producer of electricity. Its 58 active nuclear reactors (in France) are spread out over 19 si... read more


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EDF Pulse Africa Awards


Aim and Benefits of EDF Pulse Africa Awards

  • In preparation of the grand oral, the representatives will participate to three (3) day coaching session and support in order to the grand jury.
  • The costs of transport and accommodation in France of each finalist representative will be borne by the Organizer
  • The awards ceremony will be filmed and distributed or redisplayed on the Internet, especially on social networks.
  • Each winner will receive a trophy “EDF PULSE AFRICA 2021 PRIZE”
  • The three (3) laureates will receive from EDF an allocation for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes: 15K €, 10K € and 5K € respectively. This allocation will contribute to the development of their projects. The endowment will be paid by bank transfer or check to the winning team structure.
  • The three (3) winners will benefit from easy access to financing and possible development of partnerships with EDF Group companies in Africa.

Requirements for EDF Pulse Africa Awards Qualification

  • Be a structure (start-up, micro-enterprise …) of less than 30 people.
  • Be domiciled in Africa.
  • Be established by July 26, 2021.
  • Introduce an innovation that uses or produces electricity, and falls within the scope of one of the 3 categories mentioned above.
  • Be the bearer of a project with an advanced stage of development:
    • Be in the pre-commercialization phase (or be marketed for less than one year).
    • Have a prototype by November, 2021, allowing the demonstration of the proposed solution to the general public, at the time of the Grand Jury.

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Documents Required for Application

  • One (1) editable PDF application form (annexed to this regulation) presenting:
    • The structure, its team and its motivations;
    • The developed solution or product, as well as its market and economic model;
    • The stage of advancement: tests, prototypes, fund raising, commercial contacts, support and partners, awards…
  • One (1) project photo in high definition, JPEG or PNG format, 800 x 600 pixels minimum
  • One (1) team photo in high definition, JPEG or PNG format, 800 x 600 pixels minimum


Application Deadline

July 26, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Electricite De France (EDF) on edf-pulse-africa.mynelis.com to apply

For more details,visit EDF website



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