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BuffaloGrid

BuffaloGrid allows people living off-grid to buy electricity simply by sending a text message. Soon we will provide internet too!

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location London, GB-ENG, United Kingdom
  • Currency GBP
  • Founded November 2011
  • Employees 4
  • Website buffalogrid.org

Company Summary

People living off-grid can now buy electricity simply by sending a text message. The BuffaloGrid “Hub” is a portable solar-powered device that charges phones and lights. The text pays for the charge and unlocks a charge port. The BuffaloGrid Hub allows people living in even the remotest areas of the world to get convenient access to services via a cashless payment. Once in a village, we will provide many other services, such as internet access.

Team

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    Daniel Becerra
    Managing Director

    Daniel has a MA and MSc in Innovation Design Engineering awarded by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. Daniel was one of the founders and the design director of Artica Technologies, a company which created a multi award winning low-energy cooling, ventilation and heat recovery system. Since the sale of Artica in late 2010, he has been working on the development of BuffaloGrid, taking an idea to an invested venture.

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    Damon Millar
    Technical Director

    Damon has a MA and MSc in Innovation Design Engineering awarded by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. Damon has 15 years experience designing complex systems. His experience spans the full range from semiconductors, satellite systems and Formula 1. He has helped start up three successful companies. Damon brings relevant first-hand experience to BuffaloGrid, having lived off-grid for a year in the Guatemalan forest.

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    Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith
    Technical Director

    Stefan graduated from Imperial College, London with a Masters degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering before completing a joint MA / MSc in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art in 2009. He has worked in the electronics industry since 2003 and has won several awards. His work has spanned four continents and involved solving numerous complex design challenges in hostile and sensitive environments.

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    Philip Schluter
    Non Executive Director

    Phil Schluter spent the first 9 years of his life in Kenya. With an interest in African development and having studied History and Economics, he graduated from Oxford in 1994. He joined his family coffee company. Schluter SA (founded in 1858) and Phil is now the 6th generation to head up the company. They specialise in African coffee trading. Phil founded Buffalo and has an extensive network in Africa.

Advisors

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    Helen Schluter
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed
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    Joan Adams
    Accountant
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Previous Investors

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    Philip Schluter
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    InnovationRCA
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    Alejandro and Oscar Villareal
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