Updated Apr 04, 2018

Safi Analytics

Safi develops smart factory technologies for emerging markets, starting in Kenya, to help factory managers reduce energy cost, prevent unplanned maintenance, and track operations remotely.

http://www.safigen.com/
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Lauren Dunford

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Snapshot

We are working with Kenyan factories to co-design an energy and operations management solution designed for emerging markets. We have two live deployments and two additional pilots rolling out factories in Kenya, $48K in booked revenue for 2018.

Focus Areas:

Private Sector Competitiveness, Energy Efficiency and Energy Service, Metering & Payment Systems

Private Sector Competitiveness, Energy Efficiency and Energy Service, Metering & Payment SystemsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Kenya

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Country Implemented In
4
Customers
3
Employee
$50,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Emerging markets are growing quickly, but still struggling with low-quality electric grids. Factories operating in emerging markets like Kenya are significantly held back without good tools to manage expensive, unreliable grid electricity that can make up 40% of their costs. Legacy energy management systems are expensive, require elaborate training, and are over-fit to their needs, most are tracking their energy use with pen and paper.

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Solution

Five years ago, it wasn't possible to solve this problem cost-effectively. However, now Safi installs sensors in the existing meters onsite to get the data into the cloud so factory managers can easily access the information and alerts. Our algorithms take into account the grid fluctuations to determine the best and simplest recommendations for savings and predictive maintenance.

Target Beneficiaries

We are serving factory managers in emerging markets who spend $300K+/yr on energy and for whom energy is 30%+ of operating expenses. We are starting in Kenya, where recent energy audit requirements and time of use pricing create a perfect launchpad environment.

Mission and Vision

Safi drives clean, sustainable growth and jobs in emerging markets. Our work supports a thriving, clean manufacturing sector, good jobs, and upskilling; at scale, we could have huge impact in CO2 emissions reduction; and our solution lays the groundwork for a flexible, resilient grid for renewables.

Innovation Description

Plug and play sensors, easily installed by the factory manager, send energy data from key machines and sections into the cloud every second. Our algorithms take into account the grid fluctuations to determine the best and simplest recommendations and alerts for savings and preventive maintenance. The platform sends SMS alerts to factory managers and makes analytics, data, and recommendations accessible remotely via smartphone or laptop.

Competitive Advantage

Our team blends Stanford technical and business training and significant experience in high-growth startups with local Kenyan talent and connections. Kennedy is from Nairobi and previously built sensors for actionable recommendations in agriculture. Weston has built similar software before, for water, for millions of households across the US and UK at WaterSmart software. Through Lauren's family and business experience, we have strong connections to industrial customers in Kenya as well as strong sales and operational leadership. We will be headquartered in Nairobi to work closely with our customers, and draw upon all the latest relevant technical advances.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Working closely with four pilot customers to achieve product-market fit.
Recruit2 front-end engineers

Milestones

Apr 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya

Supporting Materials

Safi-Analytics-3.18.18.pdf