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Alumnus tackling energy challenge through green technology

Edward Kinyanjui left his job as a Chief Operations Officer in the Telcoms sector to go into Entrepreneurship. In June 2010 he teamed up with a partner Plexus Energy.

 Starting with power backups they quickly found themselves dealing with other solar solutions like solar lighting, household products and water heading. Plexus energy now has over 10 staff and did its first project outside Kenya last week.

Edward was one of the Kenyans Selected in the Green Pioneer Acceleration Programme. This is a comprehensive business accelerator that seeks to support early stage enterprises contributing innovative solutions to environmental issues.

Impact AmplifierGrowth AfricaVC4Africa and Hivos are offering this comprehensive programme to take the selected businesses from ‘market proof’ to ‘ready for investment’.

The programme seeks to position companies for scale by getting their strategy, financials and pitch deck in shape, and preparing them for fundraising conversations with investors. It combines a rigorous curriculum with practical experience shared by successful entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. Graduates will also have access to over 600 private sector investors and can tap into the combined networks and knowledge of the participating partner organizations.

Edward encourages others to get into entrepreneurship. He states that if one has an idea, they ought to do their research and get it going.

‘Capital is not the barrier, courage is; with a good idea and Focus, money will come to you.’

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