The first “SESA Call for Entrepreneurs” has been made public by the Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) consortium project, which is looking for small and medium-sized businesses, particularly those led by women, with a focus on sustainable energy solutions in Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, and South Africa.
Access to dependable, cheap, and sustainable electricity has proven difficult for rural African populations. The SESA project, which is supported by the European Commission, intends to test, evaluate, and then reproduce creative approaches and business models to quicken the green transition throughout Africa.
It began operations in nine African nations—Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania—in October 2021 for a 48-month period.
Siemens Stiftung will support chosen entrepreneurs with money ranging from EUR50,000 (US $49,000) to EUR70,000 (US $69,000) per firm over an 18-month term, as well as the chance to participate in the SESA Incubator Program, as a consortium partner.
“The call leverages social entrepreneurs’ talents, skills, and innovations to not only address climate change but also pave the way for social and economic development in rural areas”, said Dr Nina Smidt, managing director of Siemens Stiftung.
“Women are at the heart of this transformation. Supporting female-led enterprises enables the inclusion of vulnerable groups more at a climate risk, and in the process accelerates the realisation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”
The SESA Incubator Programme will begin in February 2023, and applications are accepted online until November 20.