Kenyan bags Ksh1.2m in global climate launchpad Award
A Kenyan from the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) in Kenya was declared the 2017 global climate launchpad Award winner beating fifteen other finalists from across the globe.
In a grand ceremony held at Limassol, Cyprus, Boniface Jiveri of BioAlkanol Gel also bagged 10,000 Euros an equivalent of 1.2 million shillings and further received acceleration services from the Climate-KIC Accelerator whose mission is to unlock the world’s clean tech potential that addresses climate change alongside the prestigious award.
ClimateLaunchpad (CLP), the world’s largest green tech competition for early-stage start-ups declared Bio Alkanol Gel from Kenya the 2017 overall winners for their idea of producing eco-friendly fuel for domestic use through fermentation of egg shells and waste fruit peelings.
Speaking after the award, Jiveri, who also the CEO and Founder of Bio Alkanol Gel acknowledged KCIC as having been instrumental in preparing him for the pitches along with the boot camp trainings.
“…I look forward to actualizing my idea to full commercialization and being part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator.” Said an elated Jiveri
This year’s competition attracted 36 countries from different continents with CLP’s objective being to support early stage businesses to grow their ideas into viable businesses that respond to the effects of Climate Change.
Kenya was selected as the host country for the Africa edition because of the strides it has taken in incubating and funding startups geared towards addressing climate change in Africa through institutions such as KCIC.