The Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) is a multi-donor fund providing early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models. Since 2010, EEP Africa has received funding support from Austria, Finland, NDF and the United Kingdom. OffGridBox has received funding from EEP Africa to install a total of 30 of our units in Rwanda.
We secured a loan of $300k from the DOEN Foundation, a Dutch fund that supports pioneers who work hard to establish a greener, more socially-inclusive, and more creative society. With this funding, we will be able to deploy 12 OffGridBoxes in Rwanda, as part of our efforts to scale up our social impact activities.
Good Energies Foundation
We received a grant from Good Energies, a Foundation which believes that reversing climate change and alleviating poverty go hand in hand. Their goal is to help prevent climate change and mitigate its harm, especially to people who live in poverty. The focus is on two levers that reverse climate change: clean energy and forest protection. Backed by a family of entrepreneurs, Good Energies Foundation invests in early-stage market solutions and funds efforts to bring successful approaches to scale.
MIT D-Lab is working with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. We are excited to announce our collaboration to properly recognize and better understand communities in need. Learn more about our desalination pilot in South Africa.
MIT Water Innovation Prize
As the main innovation-focused event of MIT Water Club, the MIT Water Innovation Prize is a startup competition focused on water innovation that awards up to $30K in grants annually to student-led teams from across the country and internationally. Each year, the Prize engages professional mentors from across the water sector/industry to help provide guidance to semi-finalist teams on business plans, technical challenges, and more. Our CEO had the honor to mentor teams in 2017, will also mentor in this year, and is looking forward to future involvements with the MIT Water Club.
As an industry professional in the Cleantech industry, we are delighted to return as a judge for the 2018 MIT EnergyHack hosted by the MIT Energy Club for the second time. Challenges are presented by companies in the energy industry, and students from a breadth of disciplines come together to develop rapid innovative solutions to solve energy issues our society faces today.
Off Grid Farming
Our partnership with Off Grid Farming is a clear reflection what it means to live off the grid. Located in the Italian region of Tuscany, visitors have a chance to experience what it is like to be fully disconnected from all networks - electricity, water, sewage, gas, etc - in order to become fully self-sufficient, without bills, and especially without polluting. We host our distributors and customers at Off Grid Farming for 2 nights at no charge.
Off Grid Academy
The Off Grid Academy is a school that introduces you to the world of living totally off-grid. One can learn the theory and practice of solar panels, hydrogen, and water purification. Get you hands dirty and make synergistic gardens and drip irrigation systems, or study how to create self-sufficient and sustainable communities. Also learn how to make honey and bread, build an oven, compost, and so much more all at the “schoolyards” of the Off Grid Academy.
Eco Structures Australia
We happily support this collaboration to create truly sustainable and resilient solutions, combining their unique housing and our power and water solution for off-grid living and ecotourism. Eco Structures Australia aspires to be the leading provider of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable Eco Tents throughout Australia and the world. They offer affordable environmentally sustainable accommodation products to service remote area locations and create cost-effective tourism infrastructure both in Australia and internationally. The semi-permanent design helps Eco Tents effectively service a broad demand base, including ‘Glamping’ tourism, pastoral needs, workers’ accommodation, mining, and remote residential or holiday housing requirements.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, we are grateful to work with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to develop technologies for rural areas across the globe. The MassCEC has awarded a series of grants for research and development and through employment opportunities in order to help scale our business. Additionally, they have helped to connect us with inspiring and knowledgeable mentors in the industry, giving crucial feedback for the development of a sustainable business.
The City of Somerville
We are excited to announce our collaboration with the City of Somerville. In February 2018, we moved our global headquarters to Somerville, MA. Additionally, we received a grant from the city to help finalize the R&D needed for our US model (now available for purchase!). As a direct result, primary schools in Puerto Rico now have a resilient supply of clean water and solar energy.
The World Alliance For Efficient Solutions
The World Alliance for Efficient Solutions is an initiative created by the Solar Impulse Foundation, following the success of the first solar flight around the world. OffGridBox was selected the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. The label is a new and credible symbol: a trademark, that carries the pioneering and innovative spirit of the Solar Impulse adventure. It is granted to solutions who meet high standards of both sustainability and profitability, through a strict assessment of the following criteria:
Environmental and socio-economic benefit
At CES 2017, we were honored to receive the The Not Impossible Ignition Award made Possible by National Grid and Hawaiian Electric Company. Not Impossible Awards not only demonstrated some of the most innovative and life changing technologies, but presented the work of hard working engineers through compelling and beautiful short documentaries. Not Impossible Labs and Not Impossible Foundation continue to work closely with our team for media support, technology partners, and funding.
Currently our office is headquartered at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States. Located in Somerville, MA, and operating a 100,000 sq. ft. campus, Greentown Labs enables entrepreneurs to solve today’s biggest energy and environmental problems by providing access to the resources, labs, and funding they need to thrive. At Greentown Labs, we deeply believe in the impact that innovative clean technologies will have on the world, and we know the relentless human energy of a few scientists, engineers and business people can make a big difference.
After acceptance to the accelerator program in early 2017, Techstars not only invested, but introduced our founders to the Boston startup ecosystem. Additionally, the program helped us define an exponential business model, enabling an early seed round in order to establish a US headquarters and begin international development in Rwanda. Due to our traction after the program, Techstars Ventures invested and continues to support us with introductions to key partners and funders.
Our company became a MassChallenge finalist in the summer of 2017. Determined to make the best of the MassChallenge network, we made many contacts and finished the program as the #1 company in cleantech, taking home the top prize of $100k. We are proud to be an alumnus and look forward to staying in the network and attending future events.