Niger is not known as a startup hotspot, but one thing it’s got is plenty of sunshine. And in a place where the vast majority of people have no access to electricity, that’s getting people thinking about new business opportunities.
Millions of households and businesses in rural Bangladesh don't have to access to the electricity grid. One startup wants to light up villages by enabling those with solar panels to share energy with their neighbors.
The German startup sector pales in size and clout to the industries that traditionally steer the economy, from carmakers to steel producers. Yet what they lack for in size, startups make up for in promise.
After cellphone networks were knocked out by two hurricanes, residents can now access the web from the stratosphere. The service is powered by two helium balloons hovering 18 kilometers (11 miles) above land.
The development of renewable energy is setting new records, with solar power now becoming cheaper than energy from new coal or nuclear plants. China and other players in Asia are making serious inroads into the market.
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