Post Boot Camp Update

As one of the 9 invited start-ups to participate at Climate Launchpad Norway, we are grateful for the networking and business development opportunities. During the intensive 2-day boot-camp, we received professional support from trainer to further develop our Solar4School program. Moreover, we are excited to begin exploring ground of collaboration with a solar system credit service provider. By channeling European …

Battle Our Way to Global Impact

CIS has been selected to participate at Climate Launchpad boot camp in Norway, where we will receive national and international support to create larger global impact. While solar system is not a new concept for households in Africa, schools are often not able to locate a suitable product with matching capacity and features. As such, our Solar4School project can fill …

Prototyping Support from Lund University

Due to our dedication and passion to bring lights to schools in Africa, CIS has been awarded Leapfrog Grant from Lund University to move forward our Solar4School project. The Leapgrod Grant is not only an assurance of the quality of our projects, but also an acknowledgement of CIS’s consistent execution of our vision since 2016. By the end of 2019, CIS will have a …

Thesis Opportunity with Us!

Not sure what to write for your final year thesis? Studying under the field of engineering, business / management, agriculture or social innovation? CIS is inviting students studying in eligible countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway) to write your master thesis with us, so you work can be applied to the real world! Not only will you receive …

First Prototype of the Solar4School System!

With the help from Adefemi, our Nigeria-based colleague, CIS has developed first prototype for our Solar4School system. Powered by Twilio, it is a smart program essentially allowing users to pay for solar charging service using M-Pesa payment system. In the past, owing to lack of technical expertise, most of the charging stations in African need to be monitored manually. However …

Call for CTO!

In order to meet our needs in this technology-driven world, CIS plans to introduce numerous tech initiatives in Africa. While we will be offering internet of things (IoT) products to our partners, CIS is also training a network of African tech professionals, as well as launching platform connecting African young entrepreneurs with European and Asian investors. CIS is happy to …

Technology Deficit in Africa, and the CIS Solution

Thanks to the guidance of CIS’s dedicated adviser and technical partners, our Solar4School prototyping process has been smooth. Corresponding product design layout shall be ready by May, covering all technical aspects from electric circuit diagram to component list and specification. Although Solar4School system is targeted towards schools in Eastern Africa, we adhere ourselves to European safety standards. Consequently, we deliver …

Getting Social Innovation to Work in Africa

Due to lack of information, many valuable ideas and businesses faced challenges when they tried to enter into Africa. Africa is a fragmented continent with 54 nations. Even within a country, different tribes share diverse cultural heritages.  As the door-opener for European businesses and ideas coming to Africa, CIS has been working closely with private schools in Kenya for over …

Our Responsibility to the Planet

Last week, our management team has attended Eco-Friendly Heroes workshop in Lithuania, exploring potential strategies for CIS to become more environmentally responsible. To remain sustainable and competitive in the long term, CIS benchmarks our operation to European standards. We constantly prioritize programs that promote and advance the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy. For example, our Solar4School program encourages schools …

Challenge Our Conventional Thinking

When people think about CIS, they usually relate to our long-standing agricultural program. Since 2016, we have been assisting our partner schools working towards self-sustainability, through need-based agricultural workshops and on-site advisory service. Although sack gardening program has earned CIS trusts and support from external parties, situations today are not the same as with 3 years ago. In order to …