This producer of solar-powered battery packs aims to provide reliable electricity to 20m people living off-grid in the developing world by 2020. Founders Mansoor Hamayun, 28, Laurent Van Houcke, 30, and Christopher Baker-Brian, 30, met while studying electrical engineering at Imperial College, London and set up the business in 2010. They have since sold more than 70,000 solar kits in 35 countries, lifting sales to £8.9m in 2016. The company’s 450 staff work across five offices in the UK, China and East Africa. Funded by $38m from investors including Canadian bank MKB, BBOXX also provides software to monitor energy use and to manage customers.
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