Our vision

Our vision is to connect every home in Africa by providing an all-in-one service by including a smartphone, as well as USB power, lighting and internet to the most rural regions in Africa.

Our Team

Akonkwa Mubagwa

CEO & Co-Founder

Akonkwa has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Akonkwa has a background in CS and forensic technology, and is currently CEO & Co-Founder of Winko Solar.

Wing Hang Mathieu Tse

COO & Co-Founder

Mathieu received his MBA from the China Europe International Business School. Mathieu serves as CEO of WingTech, and partner of Forthinvestment, an African microfund. Mathieu is currently COO & Co-Founder of Winko Solar, operating out of China and Africa

Kossi Dolagbenou

Partnerships & Operations

Kossi is our country manager for Togo. He leads our partnerships with telecom providers, local supply chain and government relations.

Adeoke Abathan

Employee Zero

Adeoke is the first Team Member of Winko Solar. He uses his unmatched intelligence to strategize and individualize business operations and communications on the ground in Togo.

Anupam Tiwari

Hardware and Software Engineer

Anupam is an Undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Anupam is a skilled engineer with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Anushka Purohit

Software Engineer

Anushka is an Undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Anushka’s high-achieving work-ethic encapsulates technology and entrepreneurship.

The Project

Winko Solar is the gateway to the online experience of African internet users. Africans in rural regions are experiencing difficulties connecting to the internet for lack of an integrated, all-in-one solution.

Winko Solar provides a one-stop-shop to connect to the internet: by combining a phone, internet data plan and a solar powered base all in one as a subscription, Africans can immediately get online.

Winko Solar manages the operating system on each user device which delivers the promise of insights into the African online consumer experience.

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Winko Box

The Winko box is an all in one affordable box for each one.

Solar panel
The box
Wifi modern
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Prizes and Recognition

Nairobi Top 6 & Berkeley Winners

Winko Solar was the winner of the HULT Prize that took place in Berkeley, and went on to become Top 6 in Nairobi.

Wing is actively involved

ShARE is a start-up at the crossroad of education and consulting, and runs a programme for bright university students.

Akonkwa is a Jacob Fellow

The Jacobs Foundation invests in young people so that they become socially responsible members of society.

Selected participant

Winko Solar is a proud part of one of USA’s largest innovation incubators, CITRIS Foundry.


Winko Solar won USD 5000 in seed funding as the winner of Berkeley STEP, the Student Technology Equity Program.

Elab X Shanghai IIIA Demo Winner

Winko Solar bagged the first place prize in Elab X Shanghai IIIA Demo Day, organized by CEIBS.

Selected to participate 

Winko Solar was selected to compete in Win the Future, the Chinese Shark Tank.