Bboxx wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year award – Building a Better Working World
London, 12 October 2017 –The three co-founders of Bboxx, a next generation utility, were named winners of the ‘Building a Better World’ award at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 UK awards, which recognises and celebrates entrepreneurs ‘inspired to make the world work better’.
Mansoor Hayamun, Laurent Van Houcke and Christopher Baker-Brian received the award at a ceremony held in London. The trio met at Imperial College London while studying Electronic Engineering. Recognising the challenges posed to community and economic development in the developing world by the unreliable electrical supply, they wanted to create a sustainable, environmentally responsible solution to the problem.
They founded Bboxx in 2010, which aims to provide an on-grid experience with off-grid solar energy solutions for the millions of people in developing countries currently without electricity.
Bboxx has made an enormous impact in the seven years since 2010. Its innovative systems are currently deployed in over 100,000 homes across 35 countries, improving the lives of more than half a million people.
Bboxx is headquartered in London and has a particularly strong presence in East Africa. It also designs and distributes electrical goods that can be powered by its off-grid energy systems.
Mansoor Hamayun, Bboxx CEO, was thrilled with the recognition:
“We are all absolutely thrilled to win this prestigious award which recognizes the huge potential of Bboxx to transform lives through electrification. Our job now is to continue building on this potential as we work towards our ambitious goal of electrifying 20 million people by 2020”.