CONCEPT

Meet the SupaBRCK— a waterproof, solar-powered wifi box that operates as a 3G hotspot and off-grid server. It is the sequel to BRCK’s debut product, launched in 2013 to tackle two major African IT challenges: reliable power and viable Internet options. The first version delivered connectivity and USB charging for up to 20 devices. The new SupaBRCK — with its dual core processor and a 5-terabyte hard drive — can operate in just about any environment and provide up to 100 Internet connections, streaming video for 50 devices. The start-up is also offering a new Moja service, which will provide ad-supported free public Internet access through SupaBRCK devices.

HOW THEY’RE DISRUPTING

The company’s central focus has always been on delivering Internet to Africa’s masses. Now it is moving from just being a hardware company to becoming a platform company. By connecting SupaBRCK to Moja, it has a network that covers entire countries.

DISRUPTION POTENTIAL

800 million people across Africa currently have no Internet access – the SupaBRCK could help change that.

INVESTMENTS AND FUTURE

The company has received $4.2 million in funding through two rounds of the funding. The company has received investment from Revolution, Invested Development and TED.