Business Development Fellowship Program

Support Economic Empowerment in Kampala, Uganda

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, International Business, Renewable Energy , User Research
Can Start: 
Can Stay: 
2¾ months to 12 months
Must Speak: 
Helpful if Speaks: 
Luganda, Swahili
Accommodations, Learning Opportunity

We think this is an exciting project for the seasoned business development professional to support economic empowerment in Kampala, Uganda in exchange for housing and food.

Opportunity Details


We are seeking Business Development Fellows that will act as a business coach for our rural CBO partners to enable them to launch a sustainable enterprise selling clean energy technologies across Uganda. You will be based at their village location site and you will gain first-hand experience on rural entrepreneurship. You will work closely with the Executive Director of the CBO to advise on how to establish an enterprise that sells small-scale clean energy products, including but not limited to solar lights, solar home systems, improved cookstoves, fuel briquettes, and water filters. Placement is for a minimum of 3 months. Dates of the Fellowship are as follows and applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each of these yearly programs:

Winter: January - March

Summer: June - August

Fall: October - December



  • Teach how to conduct market research to determine uptake and price points.
  • Develop relationships with local clean energy manufacturers to help set up order processing and delivery.
  • Accounts manage ENVenture’s loan to the CBO to ensure that all receipts, invoices, and purchase orders are accounted for and shared with ENVenture.
  • Work with the CBO staff to create a marketing campaign around the enterprise.
  • Help determine future orders, costs, profitability, and margins, as well as cash flow.
  • Maintain progress reports with ENVenture, and at the end of the position, submit a summary of all work done during the time with ENVenture and the local partner.
  • Help CBOs grow sales.
  • We’re in the process of building an app offer additional support to the CBO’s. As part of the role you’ll be working with the enterprise to test the viability of the app.

What we’re looking for:

  • Degree in Business Administration, International Development, or relevant.
  • Keen interest in clean energy technologies.
  • Previous experience working in developing countries preferred, but not required.
  • Able to live in a challenging environment and work in places without electricity and amenities.
  • Have an open mind - you are there not only to advise, but to learn!


Great for people with business development or Entrepreneurship skills! Interested but not the right length? Like this organization and have an idea how your skills can help? Message us at:


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • International Business
  • Renewable Energy
  • User Research


  • English


  • Luganda
  • Swahili

We Provide These Local Benefits


Furnished accommodation in the village of placement for up to 3 months provided.


  • Online business course training on working with the base of the pyramid consumers.
  • Joining the ENVenture network and making direct connections with clean energy access companies and connecting with other Fellows from around the world.
  • Opportunity to work in an impact-driven start-up!


  • Personal accident health coverage during placement.
  • Participation at our boot camp in Kampala (transport, lunch, and accommodation) for two nights.
  • Local Fellows only: Transportation to and from village site.
  • International Fellows only: 3-month Visa


This opportunity accepts applications for virtual experteers.

Questions & Answers About this Opportunity

Currently accepting applications


Industry: Non-Profit, Oil & Energy

Mission: Economic Empowerment

Size: Startup: 2 - 5 persons

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