Kenya emerged shoulders high at the just concluded ClimateLaunchpad (CLP) competition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Leafe Ke, a renewable energy startup, claimed the first position in the 6th edition of ClimateLaunchpad that attracted participants from over 50 countries.
Leafy Ke seeks to solve the waste menace by turning used diapers into clean energy meant to reduce the use of charcoal and kerosene, both of which are non-renewable forms of energy that produce soot, smoke, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. These toxic substances are environmental pollutants and are also not good for health.
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The clean energy enterprise had also claimed first position in both the Kenya National Finals as well as the Africa Regional Finals of the competition at two separate events held in Nairobi in August and September this year.
In second place was Maclec, a hydrokinetic turbine technology company from India, while Enrdrape from Switzerland closed the top three with a geothermal idea which utilizes heat from indoor environments located underground for renewable heating and cooling of buildings.
ClimateLaunchpad is a green business ideas competition that focuses on addressing climate change through the use of innovative technology. A record 2,601 entrepreneurs applied to take part in this year’s competition across 53 countries globally. CLP national leads organized training and caching for the successful applicants who interest the competition. Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) is CLP’s national lead in Kenya.
In addition to renewable energy, good ideas meant to provide solutions for post-harvest losses, alternative packaging, water crisis among others were received.
“We had fantastic pitches and the competition was stiff,” says Kennedy Berenju, a Business Analyst from KCIC.
There were also good conversations on how to get more people on board with regard to the sustainability agenda. In order to expand its reach and open up the competition for more ideas, CLP is seeking to organize next year’s edition in 70 countries. Over the past six years, the competition has created 8,000 jobs through 1,900 startups. During the period, 6,700 ideas were received.
To view this year’s finalists, click here.
By Vincent Ogaya