By Muhammad Ibrahim
Usman Dalhatu, the Chief Excutive Officer of Dalsman Tech and a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has won $10,000 start up grant.
The Dalmans Tech boss who hailed from Gombe state won the grant for his clean energy innovation pitch (Maishayi Kiosk) during the pitch session of All On and The Rockefeller Foundation funded Nigeria Climate Innovation Center’s 2021 off grid energy incubation programme.
Recall that the Gombe born innovator has last year developed a Covid-19 ventilator named respire-19 to assist Covid-19 patients in breathing air.
Wiebe Boer, the CEO of All On, said Dalsman Tech won the grant along other seven start ups as reported by The Daily Reality.
“In February 2021, Juliet Ehimuan, the Director of Google West Africa discovered Usman Dalhatu, a university student and the CEO of Dalsman Tech who had developed an innovative solar-powered maishayi kiosk.” he said.
“After a successful application, Usman Dalhatu was accepted into the All On and The Rockefeller Foundation funded Nigeria Climate Innovation Center’s 2021 off grid energy incubation programme.”
Mr Dalhatu was among the 20 finalists in the 2021 cohort who participated at the pitch session of the Nigeria Innovation Climate Center.
“During the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center pitch session for the twenty finalists in the 2021 cohort earlier this week, Dalsman Tech was selected as one of the eight winners of the $10,000 start-up grant. The funds will be used to scale up the production of the solar-powered kiosks for distribution to kiosk franchise owners in Kaduna, Kano, FCT, and Abuja.”
“This brilliant innovation is highly scalable and can lead to a much cleaner energy source for tens of thousands of maishayi stands across Nigeria.”
“This is one of many examples of clean energy innovations developed by young Nigerian entrepreneurs that will help drive the country’s energy transition from within.”