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AGSOL is producing a solar-powered mill for people living in poverty-stricken areas. The cloud-connected agro-processing machine converts harvested staple foods into edible high-value products and also produces power on a transformative scale to power a house, school, health clinic, or nano-grid.

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Microsoft funds three African startups to boost rural internet access

Aug 8, 2018

4 min read Microsoft has, through its  Airband Grant Fund , invested an undisclosed amount in three startups to provide internet access and cloud-enabled solutions to underserved African communities. The three startup are:  Mesh Power  and  ColdHubs  which hail from Rwanda and Nigeria, respectively, and  Agsol  — which is registered in Hong Kong and Australia — has operations in Kenya. The three were part of eight startups from the US, Africa and Asia that the company announced it had invested in yesterday. In a blog  post  on Wednesday (1 August), Microsoft head of technology and corporate responsibility Shelley McKinley said the eight startups are helping to provide affordable internet access to unconnected and underserved communities using TV white spaces (TVWS) and other promising last-mile access technologies. Mesh Power team in the Bugesera District, Eastern Province, Rwanda (MeshPower Ltd via Facebook) “Our grant fund will provide financing, technology, mentorship, networking opportunities and other support to help scale these startups’ innovative new technologies, services and business models,” said McKinley. Ventureburn contacted Microsoft to establish just how much the company had invested in the startups but had not received a response from the company at the time of publication. Kigali-based Mesh Power operate solar-powered microgrids that use innovative electrical and mobile technology to provide clean and affordable electricity services to low-income, off-grid communities in Rwanda. Oweri-based ColdHubs has developed a “plug and play” modular solar-powered walk-in cold room for for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. The company is currently transforming their various refrigerated crop storage rooms into Wi-Fi hot spots using TV White Space technology. Agsol manufactures solar powered agro-processing machines purpose built for poor, off-grid farming communities in developing countries. The startup’s machines convert staple foods into edible and higher-value products, and provide a scalable solar power platform that offers essential energy services. Launched last year, the Airband Grant Fund is part of the  Microsoft Airband Initiative  which aims to extend broadband access across the US, and ultimately connectivity around the globe. August 7, 2018 August 3, 2018 June 25, 2018 June 6, 2018 June 5, 2018 May 29, 2018 August 7, 2018 July 19, 2018 July 18, 2018 July 10, 2018 June 6, 2018 June 5, 2018

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