Entrepreneurship Training for Rural Electrification

Support Economic Empowerment in Choco, Colombia

Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Training
Can Start: 
as soon as possible
Can Stay: 
2¾ months to 5½ months
Must Speak: 
English, Spanish
Helpful if Speaks: 
Accommodations, Travel Stipend, Learning Opportunity
Sponsored By: 

We think this is an exciting project for the experienced entrepreneurial engineer to support economic empowerment in Choco, Colombia in exchange for flights and accommodation.

Opportunity Details


Smart Hydro Power is a component supplier for rural electrification projects with two proprietary products: Micro hydrokinetic turbine(s) and a fully pre-wired distribution system with integrated load management. These two products are packaged with PV, batteries, meters to give a one-stop-shopping opportunity for a highly standardized off-grid electrification package.

He or she should be aware of cultural as well as gender aspect using technology. We explicitly encourage female entrepreneurs bridging the gap between “typical” male technology focus and “typical” female tasks.

The project may start in the headquarter of SMART HYDRO POWER in Feldafing, Germany to get some first insights into the technology and developing a first outline of the training and will then take place in Choco Province in Colombia. An additional adaptation for India is also being discussed.


The greater aim of the project is to accelerate and professionalize the market for rural electrification which is still not very mature by introducing a usage of electricity beyond light and mobile charging. This shall be done in a sustainable and scalable way, meaning that the expert shall design a training program that is adapted and tested in three to four reference cases the field, also a train the trainer approach for scaling and monitoring shall be tested. With the use of this training program, Smart Hydro Power aims to support entrepreneurs doing good for their communities and show how this work can be scaled

Since the market for hydro power is not yet developed in this region we are focusing our efforts on non-profit development and empowerment instead of the purely commercial aspect of our work. In order to further develop the market for rural electrification, the task of the expert is to develop, test and implement a training program which goes beyond technically using electricity. We are teaching entrepreneurs how to make efficient use of electricity bringing added value to their communities. Today their engineers give workshops for women on how to make use of a fridge in Peru serving bypassing travelers with cold orange juice or a training on usage of an electrical motor for innovative e-boats.

The expert is supposed to integrate different electrical devices into a micro grid and show how to make efficient use of this new opportunity. This training should cover technical aspects as well as basic economic aspect empowering independent rural entrepreneurs. The final goal of the training is to equip local entrepreneurs with a basic knowledge of rural electrification and the economic skills to work independently.



  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Training


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Hindi

We Provide These Local Benefits


Accommodation in Germany will be within a fully furnished room in Smart Hydro Powers HQ. Accommodation in Colombia will be basic accommodation.


Product development for the bottom of the pyramid, adapted technology, economics in developing countries.


International travel costs will be covered by contract partner Siemens Stiftung (foundation).


Siemens Stiftung (foundation) will also cover visa costs.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

Currently accepting applications


Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Mission: Economic Empowerment

Size: Small organization: 5 - 25 persons

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