Enterprise

Kenyan solar start-up bags GES prize for innovation

Workers fit a house with solar tiles. Strauss Energy beat stiff rivalry to bag Sh200,000 in the US. PHOTO | FILE
Workers fit a house with solar tiles. Strauss Energy beat stiff rivalry to bag Sh200,000 in the US. PHOTO | FILE 

A Kenyan enterprise beat 29 others to bag Sh203,000 at the recently concluded Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in the US.

The start-up Strauss Energy won the people’s choice category during the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (Gist) Tech-I competition held on the sidelines of the GES at Stanford University, California.

The firm makes, sells and installs two-in-one roofing tiles infused with solar cells to real estate developers.

“We were a large group of start-ups given three minutes each to convince a panel of investors and a room of audience that your business is the next big thing. We did not have the aid of a slide presentation,” Ms Charity Wanjiku co-founder of the business, told the Business Daily.