Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), a local-based company has bagged the 2022 Climate Tech Category Award held in Paris, France.
The firm was recognized for its role in safe disposal of e-waste material in the country during the 6th edition of the awards organized by Viva Tech.
“This is an award that not only puts WEEE Centre on the African map but indeed on the global map. This is evidence enough that the next big companies are those that are focusing on solving global challenges related to climate change and matters environment while impacting lives positively,” said Bonnie Mbithi, WEE Centre, CEO.
Since its inception in 2012, WEEE Centre has processed over 10,000 tons of e-waste equating to at least 14,400 CO2 emissions avoided and over $10.6M in gold and other natural resources recovered.
The start-up has similarly created over 600 green jobs. It currently has a presence in over 15 countries across the globe.
“I am humbled that there are so many people who now believe in my dream of having a circular approach to E-waste management. This award gives us every reason to appreciate our local African startups that find solutions that can be implemented anywhere in the world. Viva tech has given us a jumpstart into the next growth of WEEE Centre as we aim to become a continental company,” added Mbithi.
VivaTech is the biggest startup and tech event in Europe and is recognized worldwide as a powerful catalyst for business transformation, startup growth, and innovation for the common good.
This year’s Vivatech tech conference had a total of 91,000 in-person visitors, from 146 Nationalities who were able to discover all the innovations and attend the live conferences at the Porte de Versailles expo venue in Paris.
The digital audience amounted to 300,000 visits and the VivaTech News channel to more than 4.3 million.
The event reached 400 million people and had more than 3 billion views on social networks.
At this event, the prestigious award is a pan-African initiative developed to recognize and support impactful start-ups across three key sectors, one being Climate Tech.
The event aims to help create new market opportunities for emerging start-ups with great impact potential in Africa, catalyzing support and inspiring action from investors, policymakers, fellow entrepreneurs, and leading institutions in the tech space.
The Climate Tech Award is sponsored by New Energy Nexus, IFC and the Proparco Groupe AFD