Bryce Felmingham (Co-Founder, COO), Lisa Wendzich (Co-Founder, CEO) and Jürgen Wendzich (Co-Founder, CTO) Luke Marshall
What inspired you to found your startup?
The sinking price of new solar panels has made it financially more viable for insurance companies to simply replace all potentially damaged panels than to test and sort. On the one hand, we have an excessive waste of power supplies, while on the other, there are over 1 billion people living without electricity.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
Suncrafter incorporates circular economy principles to provide clean and affordable electricity for all. By ensuring the longevity of solar panels, Suncrafter makes solar truly sustainable.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
Success is the obsoleteness of diesel generators and kerosene lamps worldwide.
What do you want to achieve next year?
We plan to gather enough contracts from urban areas to finance pilot projects in Africa and Asia.
Why do people want to work at your company?
Working at Suncrafter offers the combination of renewable energy, circular economy, SDG7 and awesome music festivals.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
Receiving repeat bookings and funding: people believe in our technology and mission.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
We do exactly what we believe in: we create more energy for all from less resources.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
On every continent, there will be Suncrafter manufacturing sites where local people upcycle local decommissioned solar panels to create Suncrafter solar generators for their own region. Suncrafter will stand for empowerment and leapfrogging into a more sustainable world.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
There is lots of drive in the renewables sector in Berlin. It’s a great scene to grow in and to find mutual support.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
It’s black or white: either social or for profit. There should be more credit and investment for start-ups which combine profit orientation with social/sustainable purpose like in the UK for example.
Suncrafter was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.