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Malagasy startup fundraising for East Africa expansion

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Established in 2017, Jirogasy, a Madagascar-based startup design and manufactures solar-powered computers just entered the Seedstar and Shell Foundation acceleration program. The company was the first to manufacture connected objects or solar kits for e-health and e-education. Jirogasy will participate in the Investment Readiness Program of the Shell Foundation and the incubator Seedstars due to run for 3 months and accompanied by classes, mentorship, investor roadshows, and networking.

The founder, Yann Kasay who leads the team is a Young Leader 2019 of the French-African Foundation, entrepreneur, and advocate for African enlightenment. Jirogasy was the only French-speaking company to participate at the Jua Kickstarter Olympics, ending up a finalist.

The startup recently partnered with Aceleron, a Birmigham-based England company to purposefully equip East African schools with solar-powered computers. The two will directly pool their technologies to promote digital literacy. Aceleron is a supplier of batteries made from waste products of lithium-ion batteries and solar lanterns.

It’s now a year since Jirodesk 2 was launched and remains one of Jirogasy’s flagship inventions – a computer fully designed and produced in Madagascar. The computer is purposefully designed for rural areas where access to electricity is low. Funding for the Jirogasy 2 was provided by Efficiency for Access Research and Development Fund (funded by UK Aid and IKEA foundation). Thus far, the fund has awarded €3.4 million to over 20 organizations working on the development of solar technologies.

The company previously signed a partnership with AccesMad, a French-Malagasy NGO, to provide solar computers to seven schools in 2021. This partnership will see them equip 24 schools with the Jirogasy 2 computers by 2022.

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