Rwanda – the cleantech Silicon Valley of Africa?

In February, Grantham PhD student Oliver Schmidt, who is part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP, joined an impact investing trip through Rwanda. He visited two start-ups from Imperial College London that are trying to make the case for low-carbon ‘cleantech’ business in Africa, and compared them to a third operating across the continent. I did have my doubts when booking flights to Rwanda. The country is infamous for the genocide in 1994. Eastern Congo, just across the border, still sees frequent rebel insurgences and kidnappings. However, minutes after landing in Kigali, the country’s booming capital, I realized that the trip’s organiser was not joking when calling Rwan

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