“The seed we plant today through the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme will transform Africa”, Tony Elumelu CON, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation who is investing $100 million over the next decade to provide training, mentoring and funding to 10,000 African start-ups and early stage enterprise across the 54 African countries.
Today I share with you a story of what a structured approach with seed capital funding to supporting African entrepreneurs can achieve. It is when we read stories like this that we know that our programme works and our investment is yielding results. We are proud of Kennedy Lamwenya, 2015 TEF Entrepreneur from Kenya, founder of Angaza Boma which specializes in distribution of 22″ solar powered digital solar TV system to rural communities in Kenya. He has just emerged as the winner Africa Energy Innovation Award 2017. Read his story and be inspired. For further information about the Tony Elumelu Foundation, visit: www.tonyelumelufoundation.org
From Kennedy Lamwenya
“I write to you with great happiness. Am Kennedy Lamwenya from Kenya, founder at Angaza Boma; a TEEP 2015 Winner which specializes in distribution of 22″ solar powered digital solar TV system to rural communities in Kenya.
Am humbled to share with you that I emerged the winner of the Africa Energy Innovation Award 2017 at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference & exhibition that took place in Johannesburg South Africa between 28-29 March 2017; out of 5525 applicants for our innovative solar powered TV system that is connecting rural communities to information, education, entertainment, solar lighting, and phone charging. Additionally, we received R300,000 cash reward to support our company to connecting more communities to our technology.
The $5000 seed grant we received from the Foundation enabled us to start importing product stock for sale to our customers, growing by day until now we have connected over 5500 rural households in Kenya. We can’t thank you enough. We share in your dream for Africa. Thank you, sir.
I highly appreciate TEF Accelerator Program for shaping our vision towards winning these award”.