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Light Up Africa Inc

Powering People Beyond Light Poverty

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Chicago, IL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

It's time to prioritize energy as a human right in Africa. Light Up Africa combines both mobile and immobile technologies to provide access to electricity, charge mobile phones, and monetize Kenyan lives. Our product, the Taapoa, is a user-centered technology embracing the prevalence of mobile phone technology as primary means of internet and telecommunications access in lieu of capital-intensive infrastructure in developing economies.


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    Alan Wayne Hurt
    Founder & Chief Lighting Officer

    Chief Lighting Officer, B.S., Engineering 5+ years on sustainable engineering projects in 13 countries in the developing world. Following a volunteering trip to Kenya in 2007, Alan is making it his lifelong mission to solve the global epidemic that is Light Poverty. Alan has broad experience working on engineering projects in 16 countries and has collaborated with several start-ups in Kenya.

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    Dr. Andrew Otieno
    Principal Advisor

    Phd, Mechanical Engineering, Grew up in Kenya and has significant experience in designing appropriate technologies for the developing world, Runs Jane Adeny Memorial School.

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    Dr. Michael Devries Vermeer

    Applying technical, scientific expertise of solar energy to real world solutions for alternative energy research, policy, and business.

    An experienced researcher in solar energy and electrochemistry, I recently received my PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University with a joint posting at Argonne National Laboratory. My doctoral work on solar fuels centered on the development of improved photoanodes for the water oxidation half-reaction. In


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    Bart Loethen
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    Kurt Schafluetzel

Previous Investors

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    Dennis Barsema
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    The Impact Engine
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    Dell Social Innovation Challenge