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2nd Call for Entrepreneur 2023
Smart Energy Solution for Africa (SESA)
Financial: (Grant)
  • Energy Access
  • Productive Use
  • Renewable Energy
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
Smart Energy Solutions for Africa (SESA) is a Research and Innovation Project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 program and coordinated by the ICLEI European Secretariat (a non-profit entity based in Brussels). SESA was launched in October 2021 with a duration of 48 months and is being implemented in nine African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania. The SESA project is developing and testing sustainable energy solutions and promising business models to accelerate the green transition and achieve energy access goals in Africa.

The SESA Replication and Scale-up Call is built on the experience gained in the demonstration actions and aims to select suitable enterprises willing to explore the replication and scale-up of selected technologies and business models developed and tested within the SESA project. In the below table, you can find the prioritized technology domains as well as the focus regions (where applicable) per country. The focus countries for this call are Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

The SESA project will make available between EUR 50,000 to EUR 100,000 per selected enterprise for the design, implementation, and evaluation of submitted replication projects via service agreements. Entities are welcome to form consortiums to apply for the call. However, if selected, the service agreement will be signed with the lead partner only.

Eligibility criteria Certain minimum criteria need to be met and only those applications which meet the below minimum criteria will be considered:

Your enterprise must be registered and operationally active in Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, or Tanzania; Your enterprise must have officially been in operation for at least three years; Your enterprise must have generated revenues and provide financial statements including income statements and balance sheets for the last two years (2022 and 2021); There are no pending litigations against your enterprise or members of its management team; Proof of previous similar work done in the country. Women-led and women-owned businesses are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Please note: The SESA Call for Entrepreneurs 2023 will focus on SMEs operationally active in Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Tanzania as first priority. However, this does not preclude applications from SMEs registered and operative in other African countries as long as the technical requirements are met.

"Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania" is not in the list (Worldwide, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, ...) of allowed values for the "Country Opportunity" property.