Changing the Environment
Christopher Baker-Brian, Mansoor Hamayun, Laurent Van Houcke
BBOXX is a clean-energy company that designs, manufactures and finances innovative solar systems – both on- and off-grid – to improve access to energy across the developing world. The kits it creates combine solar panels, batteries and control units to provide electricity to power devices such as smartphones, laptops and lighting. 2015 saw the startup launch a range of accessories including a low-energy television, shaver, radio and phone charging hub. BBOXX currently serves more than 10,000 customers in Kenya and Rwanda and is adding more than 1,500 customers each month. In March 2015 the company announced a $3 million round of Series B funding led by private equity firm Bamboo Finance and Dutch eco fund DOEN Foundation.