Microsoft funds three African startups providing affordable internet access with TV whitespaces to rural communities
Through its Airband Grant Fund, software giant, Microsoft has invested an undisclosed amount in three African startups — Nigeria’s ColdHubs, Rwanda’s Mesh Power and Kenya-based Agsol — to provide internet access and cloud-enabled solutions to underserved African communities.
ColdHubs is a solar-powered cold storage for perishable foods, Mesh Power uses solar powered nanogrids and smart metering systems to provide affordable electricity to communities without access to energy and Agsol provides solar-based machinery for agriculture processing
According to Microsoft, the startups are using TV white spaces (TVWS) and other promising last-mile access technologies to deliver internet-connected solutions to rural communities in Africa.
The grant will provide financing, technology, mentorship, networking opportunities and other support to help scale these start-ups’ innovative new technologies, services and business models.
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