Sunna Design, € 7 million to expand its connected public lighting offer

by bold-lichterman

The amount

Sunna Design, a French start-up that produces LED and solar lighting solutions, announces a funding round for an amount of 7 million euros. This investment was led by BNP Paribas, Demeter Partners, SOPER, Aviva Impact Investing France, INCO and Aquiti Gestion with the support of private investors. The start-up had already carried out a first fundraising of 5 million euros in December 2014.

The market

Founded in Blanquefort near Bordeaux in 2011 by Thomas Samuel, Sunna Design develops a range of LED and solar street lights. These products have been designed to be able to withstand the extreme heat of African countries for ten years without having to do maintenance. Thanks to the battery that stores energy, the lighting stays on even during a power outage or weather disaster. With this range of connected street lights, the start-up intends to meet the public lighting needs of emerging countries.

The company claims more than 12,000 street lights sold in around 40 countries.

The goal

With this new investment, Sunna Design aims to develop commercially. The funds raised should “enable it to successfully face new international markets by strengthening its commercial and industrial capacities ”. At the One Planet Summit, the start-up will present new innovative solutions.

In addition, Sunna Design wishes to pursue the implementation of a new range of products under the Moon brand launched 18 months ago. Aimed at rural African populations, the Moon kit consists of a solar system and a smartphone. Education, health and agricultural optimization programs are available on mobile. This offer is already present in Senegal where around a hundred customers have purchased this device.

Key data:

  • Founder : Thomas Samuel
  • Creation date : 2011
  • Fundraising: 5 million euros in December 2014 and 7 million euros in December 2017