Global Alliance Africa to host in-country Energy Catalyst Event Series
In line with its mandate to provide efficient energy solutions to Africa's myriad of energy challenges through the deployment of innovative technology and business models, the Global Alliance Africa Project, delivered by Innovate UK KTN, will host an informative Energy Catalyst briefing and brokerage event series in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and online.
The Energy Catalyst, which is a programme aimed at accelerating the innovations needed to end energy poverty on the continent, is one of the UK’s biggest energy access focused grant funding initiatives, having invested more than £60 million in over 360 projects.
The programme will leverage financial and advisory support, build strategic partnerships and uncover new insights to provide energy solutions to improve lives.
Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst programme helps early-to-late-stage innovators develop market-based technologies and business models that accelerate access to clean, modern and affordable energy in Africa, Asia and the Indo Pacific regions.
Sophie West, the Regional Lead of the Global Alliance Africa project, stated that alongside the live events, Innovate UK EDGE is providing an online brokerage platform, B2match, to support potential applicants in finding partners for Energy Catalyst funding rounds.
“With key industry leaders in attendance, this event will provide ambitious organisations a chance to learn more about the Energy Catalyst and identify/match with potential partners from bioenergy, storage, solar PV, wind, heating and cooling, clean cooking, smart grids, and novel payment systems.The event is open to businesses, research technology organisations (RTOs), academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations, and non-governmental organisations in Africa, the UK, and internationally.”
West explained that due to COVID-19 restrictions, a select number of participants will be able to join the event in person, with live streaming available for online and global attendees.
“B2match allows you to search for, message and meet online with potential partners globally to form a consortium to apply for funding. The platform is now open to allow potential applicants to connect and network before and after the brokerage event.”
About Energy Catalyst
Funding for the Energy Catalyst is provided through the UK’s Ayrton Fund, part of the UK’s International Climate Finance commitment, which includes investment from the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), as part of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) Platform, and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Energy Catalyst Round 9 is now open for applications (closing 10th Aug 2022) – click here for details.
About Innovate UK KTN and Global Alliance Africa
Innovate UK KTN is the “UK’s Largest Innovation Network” responsible for the implementation of the Global Alliance Africa project. Global Alliance Africa aims to accelerate innovations that promote inclusive economic growth, job creation and reduction of poverty. The overall objectives of the project are to build stronger UK-African and Pan-African knowledge and innovation partnerships that lead to mutual socio-economic benefits for African partner countries and the UK.
Current funding opportunities
Energy Catalyst Round 9
Opens: 18/05/2022 Closes: 10/08/2022
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to create new or improved clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or the Indo-Pacific regions.
Energy Catalyst Briefing: Launch and Brokerage Event by Innovate UK KTN - Nigeria
11.00 - 14.00 | Hybrid
Energy Catalyst Briefing: Launch and Brokerage Event by Innovate UK KTN - South Africa
10.00 - 13.00 | Hybrid
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Energy Catalyst Briefing: Launch and Brokerage Event by Innovate UK KTN - Kenya
08.00 - 11.00 | Hybrid
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