SunCulture named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021
Off-grid solar technology company among top-ranked companies in the Most Innovative European, Middle Eastern, and African companies category
On March 10, 2021, SunCulture was named to (Fast Company magazine) prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies.
The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.
Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.
“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.
“We were thrilled to see Fast Company recognise companies in the EMEA region and we are proud to be listed alongside so many incredible and creative organisations. I have no doubt that we’ll continue to see innovative market leaders continue to emerge from Africa in the coming years,” said Samir Ibrahim, CEO, and Co-Founder of SunCulture.
The companies achievements
The company has been recognised for developing and scaling the strongest power system for off-grid farmers in Africa, and for the first solution that powers both the farm and home.
In 2020, SunCulture scaled their Climate Smart Battery with Rainmaker2 innovation, an all-in-one battery and charge controller with a solar water pumping system. Their micro-irrigation products make smallholder farmer irrigation simpler and cheaper while increasing yields and reducing water usage by 80 per cent.
The product package is fitted with additional appliances that make everyday life for smallholders easier and more rewarding, including home lighting and radio/mobile charging.
Custom add-ons include TV and Direct Drip irrigation kits. Customers can take advantage of SunCulture’s Pay-As-You-Grow financing option by paying in small installments over several months.
This past year, SunCulture launched the first large-scale solar irrigation subsidy in Africa by partnering with the Togolese government and a distribution partner to bring the benefits of solar irrigation to thousands of farming households. This represents Africa’s first-ever large-scale public/private partnership utilising smart, targeted, and time-bound solar irrigation subsidies to tackle food insecurity.
A win for clean energy
While this is, of course, a win for SunCulture, it is a bigger win for the future of clean energy productive use technology on the continent.
SunCulture develops and commercialises life-changing technology that solves the biggest daily challenges for the world’s 570 million smallholder farming households. The company is a market leader in solar-powered water pumps and irrigation systems, serving customers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Togo, and Cote D’Ivoire.
The company is also recognised as a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer and a Financial Times Transformational Business and was named to the London Stock Exchange’s “Companies to Inspire Africa” index.