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Meet the 2015 Finalists: JikoPower

Posted by Michelle Harden & Marrione Camacho

The JikoPower thermoelectric generator converts waste heat generated during cooking into usable electricity. In areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, over 135 Million mobile subscribers lived without electricity in 2013. 90% of these peoples have cellular coverage while less than 50% of the population has electricity.

Critical needs such as recharging their mobile phone are both costly and inefficient. For example, in the US, what is the average annual cost to keep your phone charged? A quarter. In sub-Saharan Africa, the cost is a quarter per day and represents a far greater percentage of income. This patent-pending technology ensures that anyone can use their cooking fire to easily harness the power of the fire to generate enough electricity daily to keep their mobile phones charged in a most cost-effective and easily accessible way.

The college students who founded JikoPower, have a go to market strategy to partner with African telecom providers whom already have the distribution channels for their product. We look forward to the final pitch by Ryan Ahearn, President and Co-Founder.

Check out the full list of Finalists here.