Business Masters 2010

Pamoja Cleantech team has been invited to compete among the best student entrepreneurs in one of the world’s finest business case competitions – Business Masters 2010. Our team is among the 10 finalists and we will travel to Karlsruhe 12-15 January to present in the final round. Read more

Innovations Against Poverty – Zambia visit

Pamoja Cleantech took part in a business delegation to Zambia 5-10 December to promote the new SIDA programme Business for Development ( B4D ) – Innovations Against Poverty.

The week was full of exciting meetings with future potential partners and customers which could be part of implementing our sustainable business model. I met with local telecom operators to discuss renewable energy solutions and presented our rural electrification concept at the Arcades market, the Swedish Embassy and The National Technology Business Center to mention a few. I was much inspired by many knowledgeable innovators, business and development people during this intensive week in Lusaka, Zambia.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide cover recent Pamoja visit in news article

“A delegation of Ugandans and Rwandans working in the energy sector came all the way to Holland to talk rubbish. Yes, that’s right. Your average pile of garbage hides a sustainable energy source.

Museveni would be so pleased if he saw this. Uganda could get rid of all the rubbish on the streets and increase its energy supplies!” Belinda Mabangi can hardly hide her excitement upon approaching the Attero waste energy plant. The expert in solar panels and hybrid energy is one of the delegates on a trade mission to explore sustainable energy options.”

 See video and Read more at Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Trade Mission in the Netherlands

It was an exciting week in Holland this end of November. Davis (our engineer from Uganda) and I (Felix) have been invited to a trade mission hosted by Team Pro in Rotterdam. The whole event was focused on the countries Rwanda and Uganda.

It was a week full of site seeing, match making with potential investors and partners, and company visits. I had never been to Holland before and now I have been traveling to almost every corner of it in one week.:) Davis has been freezing the whole time and I was feeling like in spring time…

Really fruitful contacts have been established during this time and it has a present and future benefit for our project.


Globe Forum Dublin

Pamoja Cleantech team was invited to participate at the Globe Forum in Dublin. The event was interesting from a networking perspective. I met with a lot of interesting contacts for the future when we are a little further down the road. Also I was glad to talk to representatives from KIVA. Their East African presence is definately something we will look closer at. Also having the chance to talk to former Irish president Mary Robinson was a pleasure. Most of all I was looking forward to hear Dipal Chandra Barua of Bright Green Energy Foundation. Read more

Pamoja Cleantech featured in Kauppapolitiikka 4/2010

Pamoja Cleantech with co-founder Peik Stenlund and engineer Nasrullah Muhammed was interviewed in Kauppapolitiikka – a specialized magazine on international trade policy and business. The magazine is published by the Finnish Foreign Ministry and distributed among 11 000 international trade experts and organisations, as well as private persons, universities, libraries and other educational institutions with special interests in the topic. See pages 16 -20.

SU Innovation – New Strategy to Support Social Entrepreneurs

Stockholm University has received funding from the European Social Fund to create a new incubator for social entrepreneurs! This means the incubator is going to develop a toolkit to support and encourage social innovation over a 3 -year period.

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Nordic Africa Days : Time Space Africa: Reconnecting the continent

After the eventful week in Helsinki it was time to relocate to the historical riverside town of Turku. The event took place in Åbo Akademi´s Arken house, in the heart of the old ironmill block.

Nordic Africa days was organized by different nordic universities and institutions such as Nordic Africa Institute. Most of the participants were researchers from nordic universities, and the keynote speacers were international experts.

Few keynote speakers worth mentioning were author/professor  Mahmood Mamdani, who has written may interesting books. And Joyce Nyairo Program officer of media and civil society in  the Ford foundation in Kenya.  She talked about the changes in media, radios and television in east Africa

The focus of the event was more in social sciences and culture than in technology. That was one of the various reasons why the seminar was so interesting, challenging and beneficial. Talking to people with different backgrounds, from political sciences and urbanization researchers to gender issue specialists was really insipring. Getting to know Africa from non-energy or non-environmental angle  is in my aspect really important to the European Pamoja team. Read more

Mobile Africa Summit

Pamoja Cleantech attended Europe’s largest event on mobile business in Africa -The Mobile Africa Event in Helsinki. Felix pitched the “Sprouts of Sustainability” concept and the feedback was great. I have a feeling something conrete and good is still to come from us meeting all these new people at this event. Thanks to the Mobile Brain Bank  for great hosting.

Mobile Africa Public Report

News coverage: - Mobile Africa Summit Provides Platform for Start-Ups - Nokia sees mobile surge in Africa

The Economist: Energy in the Developing World – Power to the People

The September Issue of the Economist touched upon the matter Pamoja is dealing with. Interestingly, the article starts with something which could be Pamoja’s problem statement:

AROUND 1.5 billion people, or more than a fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity, and a billion more have only an unreliable and intermittent supply. Of the people without electricity, 85% live in rural areas or on the fringes of cities. Extending energy grids into these areas is expensive.”

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