Women-led startup Solar Taxi has been announced as one of the winners of Siemens Stiftung’s E-Mobility Innovation Call 2021. The nonprofit organization Siemens Stiftung, announced the results on its Twitter handle.
Siemens Stiftung’s E-Mobility Innovation Call 2021 awards African entrepreneurs with innovative e-mobility solutions and sustainable business models.
Solar Taxi’s innovation focused on harnessing electric-powered small vehicles (from electric motorcycles to mini-cars) for courier and cab services. The startup locally produces batteries for its vehicles and actively advocates for sustainability and eco-friendliness.
Siemens awarded Solar Taxi and the other enterprises €10,000 to €50,000. Solar Taxi will put the money toward product development, expanding services, and establishing a greater market presence.
According to Siemens, Solar Taxi qualified because of its innovative solutions, sustainable and inclusive business model.
The organization’s first competition in the field of electric mobility received more than 100 applications which were submitted from 19 African countries.
“The large number and scope of the applications submitted show the huge social and economic potential of innovative technical solutions related to electric mobility. We are convinced that local approaches create better access to basic services while creating permanent jobs – especially in rural areas,” says Rolf Huber, Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung and initiator of the electric mobility program.
Marah Köberle, who is in charge of electric mobility at Siemens Stiftung, added that they are committed to supporting the growth of social enterprises and closing the financial gaps in the E-mobility sector. According to him, accessing finance is an issue for most social enterprises, especially in Africa, and as such, they are delighted to welcome startups into their network.
Each winner will present their electric mobility solutions at the next event in Siemens Stiftung’s virtual discussion series, “Spotlight On…”, which continues on September 23, 2021.
About Siemens Stiftung
As a nonprofit foundation, Siemens promote sustainable social development, which is crucially dependent on access to basic services, high-quality education, and an understanding of culture. Their international project work supports people in taking the initiative to responsibly address current challenges.
The geographical focus of their work is on regions in Africa and Latin America as well as Germany and other European countries. They develop solutions and programs with partners and implement them together.