Elpis

Social enterprise that helps refugees charge lifeline phones is up for international award.

Edinburgh Uni-founded Elpis makes New York final of MIT Solve competition.

A social enterprise formed by University of Edinburgh students is on the shortlist for a prestigious international award in New York.

Elpis was founded in 2015 by Samuel Kellerhals and Alexandros Angelopoulos with the aim of supplying solar-powered phone charging units to refugee camps where there is often scare access to electricity. Angelopoulos had just returned from a summer of volunteer work at camps on the islands of his native Greece.

Now their units are widely used by refugees on the islands as well as camps in Rwanda and they are in the final of the Challenges/Community Innovation category of the MIT Solve initiative.

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