YARIV COHEN OF IGNITE POWER AND KHALID BAAREH OF IKCON SCOOP THE 2022 ACCOMPLISHED ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS
Accomplished Entrepreneur Award 2022 winners Yariv Cohen and Khalid Baareh Establishing an enterprise in Africa presents multiple challenges, resulting in many companies steering away from the region. One particular risk to operations in many countries stems from lack of infrastructure – but Yariv Cohen was undeterred. Determined to bring solar power to the homes of poor rural communities, he co-founded Ignite Power in 2014; choosing, in true entrepreneurial style, to view the many challenges that lay ahead as opportunities to create distributed, digital infrastructure rather than threats. With affordability in deep rural locations at the heart of its value proposition, Ignite Power connects ‘last-mile’ communities across Sub-Saharan Africa to provide them with clean, sustainable and – most importantly –affordable solar-power home systems, as well as other solar solutions, including irrigation and cooking.