AfricArena 2018 Available Challenges

How to ensure reliable electricity supply in urban areas?

Engie Challenge

How to ensure reliable electricity supply in urban areas?



ENGIE is active in Africa all across the energy value chain, from centralized to decentralized generation and through energy-related services to all kind of customers. In particular, ENGIE is committed to improve access to energy throughout the continent.

On the one hand, more than 600 million people live in areas not covered by the national electricity grid. ENGIE is very active on that front and is already providing clean and reliable electricity to more than 1 million people thanks to innovative solutions such as solar home systems and mini-grids in rural areas.

On the other hand, many households and businesses suffer from poor electricity quality and experience outages and curtailment on a regular basis, despite having access to the national electricity grid. To cope with this situation, the conventional backup solution consists in portable and standby diesel generators, which are non-sustainable, polluting, hazardous and expensive due to fuel and high maintenance costs. Another solution consist in UPS, although those systems tend to be expensive and only cover electricity for short-time curtailments. ENGIE wants to change that and to offer clean and reliable energy solutions to all kind of customers across Africa.



We’re searching solutions to improve the quality of electricity supply to grid-connected customers in a sustainable, affordable and profitable way.

You should propose either a technology (hardware and/or software) or an innovative business and operational model in order to provide services helping customers to cope with unreliable electricity supply.

About Engie

We are a global energy and services group, focused on three core activities : low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy; global networks and customer solutions. Driven by our ambition to contribute to a harmonious progress, we take up major global challenges such as the fight against global warming, access to energy to ail, or mobility, and offer our residential customers, businesses and communities energy production solutions and services that reconcile individual and collective interests.



*For the winner*

Proof of concept 

or supplier contract with Engie


*For the three selected startups*

Pitching workshops

Pitch in the Arena at the event 

Privileged contact with investors & VCs


*For the three selected startups*

FREE VIP entrance to the event

FREE flight ticket to Cape Town 

FREE accommodation in Cape Town

Selection Criteria


For this challenge we will consider only:

Startups from operating in Africa


Required format:

Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 50 Megabyte – You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video

Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes

Last day of submission: 10th of October 2018 – 12 midnight

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