Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
CleverHome is an electronic tool reconciling comfort and e-control of consumption thanks to two correlated features. First, an energy management feature that allows us to monitor our consumption to the nearest CFAF, know our past and present consumptions and improve our future consumptions. It equally has a home automation feature, to know everywhere and at any time the state of our equipment and command them remotely through a smartphone. The CLEVERHOME product consists of electronic modules connected to a mobile application. There are several types of clever devices, namely: • The CleverSwitch to control the lights from the application or manually; • The CleverSocket to control an equipment connected to its electrical socket; • The Energy Tracking Box to measure the electrical energy in the installation; • The Central Unit which is the data base of all the electric parameters and allows the local management of the equipment of a building. With CleverHome, we can : • Calibrate our electrical consumption according to a predefined budget and follow it up throughout the month; • Know our consumption habits through our daily, monthly and annual consumption graphs and the contribution of each equipment in the global consumption; • Receive instant alerts straight to our phone about excessive levels of consumption compared to a predefined budget and alarming statuses of our appliances such as lights left on at abnormal hours; • Home Automation done properly will help us save money; • Keep us comfortable, safe and secure. The objectives of CleverHome are the following: • A responsible consumption of electrical energy by everyone; • Saving money through a reduction of electricity bills; • Reconciling comfort and energy savings; • Energy efficiency.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Our project CleverHome contributes to the twelfth sustainable development goal for responsible production and consumption because it helps people to manage cleverly their electrical consumption and control their devices from anywhere and at any time. CleverHome helps users to limit the amount of energy they waste on a daily basis, as they are have a real-time transparency on their energy consumption and can adjust it according to their needs and budget. Moreover, thanks to CleverHome, users will know the contribution of each equipment on their global consumption and will thus manage their equipment to stay within their budget. This management will contribute to a responsible consumption of electrical energy. Lastly, the user will receive instant alerts straight to his phone about alarming statuses of equipment such as lights left on at abnormal hours or an air conditioner left on late at night in an office. He will then have the ability to instantly correct this using his application and will thus save that energy that would have been wasted without CleverHome. These few functions demonstrate the impact CleverHome has on a responsible consumption of electrical energy. We have realised the prototypes of the different clever devices cited above and have carried out test in three installations. The test are satisfactory so far but now, we need to produce more samples to get into our beta testing phase. Once the product gets into the market and is used, our success will come from an optimal use of electrical energy by our target customers. This will be seen by a reduction of their monthly electricity bills and an improvement of their consumption habits. CleverHome will assist them in saving energy daily and will thus, take a big step towards the achievement of a responsible consumption of electrical energy.
Sustainability and future plans
CleverHome is part of the energy efficiency market. This market has a potential of 219 518 879,62 € in Cameroon with our target market, made up of residential and tertiary buildings, taking 49% of this (107 564 251,013 €). Examples of tertiary buildings are public administrative buildings, commercial buildings, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, datacenters, schools, private office buildings, etc. We will sell our electronic modules or clever devices in three packs namely : the CleverStarter kit, the CleverMedium kit and the CleverPremium kit. The application will be free to download on the PlayStore and AppStore and we will receive payments from advertisements made by local companies on our application. Customers will command their kits on our website or on a phone call and the product will be delivered and installed for free. After-sales service will be free 18 months after installation. To finance this project till date, we used our personal savings and grants from family members who believed in the project. To further finance this project, we are preparing to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign. We plan to use this to generate enough revenue to begin the marketing of our product. After three years conquering and extending in the Cameroonian market, we plan to export our product to the countries of the sub-region of Central and West Africa.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a young electrical engineer and entrepreneur living in Cameroon. I am 23 years old and was amongst the five ladies to graduate in July 2017 from the National Advanced School of Engineering in Yaoundé at the electrical engineering department. Born and raised in Cameroon, I grew up in a neighbourhood that benefited from electrical energy 4 days on 7 and saw myself using torches, petrol lamps and candles to study throughout the years. This gave me the desire to contribute to the achievement of a stable electrical network with a better continuity of service for the future generations to come. For this, I had a particular interest in science subjects and had my GCE A level in 2012 in bright colours. Persuaded that ladies can work as good as men especially in domains such as engineering and tech, I am determined in making an impact in these fields and inspiring other women to do same. This project CleverHome is special because it is determinant not only for users but also and most especially for the planet, as saving energy allows us to consider the future of our planet confidently. Apart from my deep interest in electrical energy, I have the gift of leadership. After my engineering studies, I created my company alongside a certificate on entrepreneurship that gave me the necessary skills to manage and lead in the structure I created. I hope to create jobs for other youths and to create a positive impact in the economy and the social sectors of my country. Contributing in achieving energy efficiency in Africa and the twelfth sustainable development goal for responsible consumption and production through my product CleverHome is my driving force. I am passionate and determined to reach my goal.