Andreas Spiess

Co-founder & CEO

Andreas Spiess is co-founder and CEO of SOLARKIOSK AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

Andreas studied law in at the Freie Universität in Berlin and specialized in IP and corporate law, practicing in Düsseldorf and New York before starting his own boutique lawfirm Spieß Schumacher Schmieg, & Partner in 1999 (

Andreas did extensive legal work in the field of renewable energy technology and developing markets which was the inspiration for his second career as an impact investor and entrepreneur.

In 2008, Andreas Spiess and his Ethiopian partners founded Solar Development plc, based in Addis Abeba, which now is one of the biggest solar system integrators in Ethiopia and a profitable company.

In 2010 he co-founded Fosera Ethiopia plc, a solar lighting product assembly line based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia Andreas developed the idea for SOLARKIOSK, basically a retail shop chain for solar products, which runs with the same source of energy as the products that are sold in the shops, hence “Solar” and “Kiosk”. His partners from GRAFT architects contributed the award winning technology-design, and – together with further angel investors – they started the company SOLARKIOSK AG in 2011.

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