CEO – SINILUX – Côte d’Ivoire
Passionate about new technologies, Ange Fredérick Balma, is a computer engineer in electronics, graduate from the Hautes Etudes Technologiques, Certified designer of connected objects. He is also an expert in security systems and Big Data as well as in Renewable Energies. In 2014, he got involved into the technology of Internet communication by light by creating LIFILED, an African startup that allows rural areas to access light, broadband internet and educational and multimedia content thanks to renewable energies.
In 2015, it connects Drongouiné (located in western Cote d’Ivoire near the border with Liberia) the first village in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa with Lifi la lumière, to the Internet and information within 48 hours of deployment and several other sites in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa.
Thanks to this technological solution, he won many awards including in 2015 that of the CGECI Academy and Tony Elumelu and then the Africa 2.0 connect series awards in Dakar, the technological excellence award of Cote d’Ivoire in 2017, the award for the best technological innovation at the Africa Investment Forum of the African Development Bank in 2018 and the first EDF PULSE award in 2019.
This solution is intended both for rural African areas by providing light, broadband internet and educational content and for urban areas to make them smart-cities.
After more than 6 years of existence, LIFILED is represented in Africa in several countries, namely Liberia, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar with several others in the process of opening at the end of 2020 (Mauritania, Senegal, Congo, Gabon, Haiti and Comoros).
With his achievements and expertise, he has been identified and supported by Business France to settle in Aix en Provence at the Arbois techhub in the cleantech nursery with the goal to expand its business in France and internationally. To do so Ange Frederick Balma Created: SINILUX, a French company that deploys solutions for energy efficiency and access to broadband connectivity in the gray and white areas through data transmission by light. It is also involved in solutions for smart cities through the installation of autonomous solar-powered street lamps, connect and transmit information related to the environment thanks to integrated IOT sensors.