Kenyan innovation bags top African hardware competition award
Three Kenyan-based innovations scooped this year’s Africa regional ASME Innovation Showcase(IShow) awards held yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. Bentos Fuels, emerged overall winners after impressing the judges with their innovative recycling process using harvested water hyacinth-an invasive plant species, and mixing it with paper sludge and charred waste biomass to produce smokeless charcoal briquettes. ISHOW Africa awards recognises social-minded inventors from Africa developing “hardware with a social purpose”.
Nomination for Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2018

We are humbled to announce that we have been nominated for DIAR_AWARDS 2018. (Diversity and Inclusion Awards) in the Top Green Companies in Kenya Award. 

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Bentos team of Ishmael hezekiah and Bradley Mbagaya recieving the AFDB High 5 award at NIW 2018

At the fourth edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week, innovators drawn from different parts of the world are exhibiting inventions that are not only impressive but are also offering solutions to the society.

Nairobi Innovation Week partnered with the Africa Development Bank  for a special category (the AFDB High 5) which included:Light and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. 

Bentos energy emerged was recognized in the category for improving the quality of lives in Africa. 

Social Start up makes smokeless charcoal. - Article on People Daily

When Symphrose Ochieng, 38, was growing up, she developed a respiratory system problem doctors said emanated from inhaling smoke.This was not news to her because in their home they used firewood to cook. She was advised to keep away from smoke, an almost impossible feat because wood was the only energy source in their home. After graduating with Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Ochieng secured a job as a consultant, but this didn’t deter her from starting a company.

Bentos Energy on KCB Lions Den

Our founders, Symphrose Ochieng and Ishmael Hezekiah were privileged to make an entreprenurial pitch before the 5 judges of KCB Lions Den show in its first season. 

KCB Lion’s Den mainly seeks entrepreneurs looking for financial, social and intellectual capital for their new and innovative businesses in the country.
For the first season, over 5,000 applications were received from sectors such as agriculture, design, education, energy, ICT, health, publishing, food & beverages, manufacturing, environment, entertainment, and service.

Turning waste into affordable, clean energy

Symphrose Ochieng, 37, has grown up around waste management, which is the line of business her family is in.

Therefore, when she found a business idea that would help her forge her own path in the sector, it was not unexpected.

In 2014, Ms Ochieng figured out a way to turn bio-waste into clean and affordable energy. This led to the founding of Bentos Fuels, which makes charcoal briquettes that can be burnt for industrial and domestic uses. The firm also makes energy efficient stoves.