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WakaWaka becomes first European B Corporation with public offering Featured

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Today, WakaWaka is the first European B Corporation to go public, offering shares via NPEX, the Dutch financing platform for SMEs.

B Corporations are independently certified organisations ´that use business as a force for good’. Other examples are Ben & Jerry´s, Tony´s Chocolonely, Patagonia and Dopper. WakaWaka has one of the highest ´B Corp scores´ in the world and has been listed as ‘Best for the World B Corp’ since 2016.

WakaWaka founder and CEO Maurits Groen explainins how solar energy works to children in Rwanda 002

WakaWaka founder and CEO Maurits Groen explainins how solar energy works to children in Rwanda

Approximately 1.2 billion people across the globe do not have access to electricity, primarily using candles and kerosene lamps. “These are not only dangerous, polluting and expensive, but also damaging to people’s health. Light and electricity have a profound impact on people’s lives: on school results, livelihood and prosperity. That’s what motivates us”, says co-founder Maurits Groen. WakaWaka uses the world’s largest free energy source to provide a sustainable alternative: the sun.

The company has a business model linked directly to its work as a social enterprise. For every consumer who buys a sustainable, ultra-efficient solar light or power bank, WakaWaka improves access to light and power for at least one person living off grid. By ‘powering adventures and improving lives,’ WakaWaka lights up a life in the dark. Outdoor enthusiasts can charge their phones in the sun while families without electricity can utilise safe power at night to cook, work and study.

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Last year, the company’s revenues increased by nearly 40% compared to 2016. The number of stores in Europe and the United States tripled to more than 600 across both continents in 2017, and the company expects this growth to continue over the next few years. It is WakaWaka’s goal to have impacted the lives of five million people by 2020 and become the leading social brand in sustainable solar solutions. In order to continuously improve its impact, the company requires growth capital. Hence, WakaWaka will offer part of its shares via NPEX. The company is hoping to raise 2.5 million euros. “An investment in WakaWaka means an investment in the lives of millions of people around the world. We are proud to provide light and power to well over 1.3 million people in off-grid areas already, but we are just getting started”, says Camille van Gestel, co-founder of WakaWaka.

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