Green Guy Impresses the Dragons: Akome Energy wins Dragons Desk

February, 2008
High technology energy firm wins Dragon’s Desk competition

Dragons Desk

A local firm specialising in solar heat and power systems for homes and businesses is the winner of desk space and support from the London Innovation Centre in a prize sponsored by the Croydon Enterprise programme. To win, Thomas had to convince a panel of experts in the ‘Dragon’s Desk’ competition that his was the most innovative business. The prize, worth £4,800, was for the most innovative local business.

Winner Thomas Akomeah, from Akome Energy Build Ltd, designs and supplies a bewildering variety of alternative energy heating, power and energy efficiency systems. His prize will be presented by Councillor Robert Askey, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development on Wednesday 20 February.

“This prize shows that Croydon businesses are operating at the frontiers of the latest technology” said Cllr Askey. “Akome is also doing impressive work in sustainable, green energy systems which are the future for the way we live and work.”

“Thomas’ business was chosen, not just because he was involved in new technology, but also because he has innovative ideas for the way he wants to make his business grow with new applications of these power systems,” said Cate Newnes-Smith, Manager of the Croydon Enterprise Ideas into Business project.

Thomas has been running his business from an office in his South London home and this prize will give him a new base to launch his expansion plans.

“I am really pleased and honoured to win this prize which will help me develop my business and promote green, sustainable energy systems,” said Thomas Akomeah.

Akome Energy is also involved in energy efficiency work for new and existing buildings. The firm has big ideas to expand into overseas markets and has already checked out the opportunities in the Caribbean on a Croydon Enterprise supported international trade mission. Thomas is also looking into the opportunities in South Africa and will be visiting the country soon as a delegate on another Croydon Enterprise supported mission.

Thomas impressed all the judges with, the current status of his business, his management team, market position, plans for the future – and how winning the prize desk would contribute to his success. They were also impressed with his explanation of how his company’s work would make a contribution to combating climate change.