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ONLINE EVENT: Harnessing Innovative Scalable Business Models for the Green Energy Transition in Africa

From 20-21 April 2021, the EU-Africa Business Forum, hosted by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the European Council, co-organised with the support of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership and the Africa Europe Foundation, will hold the first Digital Marketplace for the Green Energy Transition. The virtual event is a unique opportunity to dialogue, network and build new bridges in the green energy sector by participating in exhibitions, workshops, conferences and one-on-one meetings.

In parallel to the marketplace, EDFI ElectriFI and GET.invest, a European programme supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria, have teamed up to host a side event on Harnessing Innovative Scalable Business Models for the Green Energy Transition in Africa on 21 April from 9:00-10:30 CEST.

Draft Agenda

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Stefano Signore, Head of Unit of DG INTPA F1: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy; Nuclear Safety (tbc)
09:00 – 09:20 Panel Introductions by Michael Franz, Team leader at GetInvest Gemma Verhoeven, ElectriFI Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
09:20 – 09:25 Company Pitch by Ms Marianne Walpert, CEO and Founder of Simusolar
09:25 – 09:35 Q&A
09:35 – 09:40 Company Pitch by Mr Femi Adeyemo, CEO and Founder of Arnergy’s CEO
09:40 – 09:50 Q&A
09:50 – 09:55 Company Pitch by Mr Matt Orosz CEO and Founder of OnePower
09:55 – 10:25 Q&A
10:25 – 10:30 Closing Remarks

This highly timely discussion will feature innovative companies from the joint EDFI ElectriFI and GET.invest pipeline, pitching their approaches to the green energy transition on three critical business models: Solar Home Systems, Commercial and Industrial, and Mini-grids; and explaining how they were able to scale up their businesses with the help of GET.invest and EDFI ElectriFI.

The programme has been designed with a high degree of interactivity and the audience in mind, providing ample opportunities to exchange and ask questions to sector innovators, learn about different scalable and replicable approaches, and find out about support mechanisms available.

To learn more about EDFI ElectriFI and GET.invest, participants can meet representatives of the two programmes at their respective booths on both days of the virtual marketplace.


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