2019 EBL Global Final

A Celebration of innovation

About the Final

The 2019 IEEE Empower a Billion Lives concluded on October 3rd in Baltimore MD with 23 global finalist teams from all over the world showcasing their groundbreaking innovations.

From more than 450 teams, the final winners have been selected.

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Grand Prize

Meet the winners

Grand Prize

For a trailblazing new model that creates a massive social impact on multiple fronts.

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SoULS Initiative, IIT Bombay

Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS) initiative is based on the ‘Power to All’, including active interventions for providing clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy access even to the last mile households.


Grand prize winner - SoULS Initiative

Best Commercial Utility Solution

For unrivaled thought leadership in the rural minigrid space

Winner Havenhill Synergy
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Havenhill Synergy Limited

Ending Blackouts in Nigeria

Havenhill Synergy is a cleantech micro-utility company that uses solar energy to generate clean, safe, cost-effective and sustainable electricity in rural and urban Nigeria.


Best Emerging Decentralized Solution

For revolutionary technological innovation that breaks new ground in the off-grid solar sector

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SolarWorX is a Berlin-based start-up, designing and manufacturing the next generation of solar pay-as-you-go solutions sold on a B2B basis to distribution partners across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.


Winner - SolarworX

Best Emerging Utility Solution

For spearheading a new model of nano distribution systems that has immeasurable potential

Winners - Entrepreneurs De Monde
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Entrepreneurs du Monde and Okra

Entrepreneurs du Monde is an International NGO created in 1998 with the objective to tackle extreme poverty by supporting people’s own entrepreneurial ventures and giving them access to products that can bring significant health, economic and environmental benefits.


Best Student Team

For never compromising in meeting the customer’s needs despite any difficulty

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Reeddi sustainably provides clean energy and allied innovations at a price point that individuals and businesses operating in energy-poor regions of the world can afford.


Winner - Reeddi

Best Base of the Pyramid Solution

For relentless dedication to reaching the hardest to reach yet most deserving customers

Winner - XPower
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Xpower Inc.

Xpower designs, builds and operates next generation solar microgrids for rural electrification. Combining mains AC and low voltage DC, these grids are optimised for cost, yet designed to scale with users’ needs over time.



We congratulate all the winning teams and finalists that participated in the EBL Global Final 2019.