Social Impact Project for Entrepreneurship Training for Rural Electrification


How This Works

In the MovingWorlds Institute Global Fellowship, you will learn how to advance your for-good career while getting hands on experience on projects like this one.

Project Description and Impact

We are an innovative social enterprise that helps create jobs while providing clean energy to those that need it most. We produce rural electrification systems that be easily setup in remote areas, enabling communities, businesses, and infrastructure projects to access clean energy. It uses a smart business model of selling these generators to locals, who can then use the electricity to power their businesses and/or sell the electricity in their communities. 

We are a component supplier with two proprietary products: (1) Micro hydrokinetic turbine(s) and (2) a fully pre-wired distribution system with integrated load management. These two products are packaged with PV, batteries, and meters to create a highly standardized off-grid electrification package.

We have a big opportunity to scale across specific regions and is looking for a volunteer with program management, sales, and/or entrepreneurship experience, as well as technical exposure, to build a training program for local entrepreneurs on how electrification can help them, and their communities. The selected volunteer should be aware of cultural as well as gender-specific aspects of using technology, this is because Smart Hydro Power explicitly supports female entrepreneurs in the field bridging the gap between “typical” male technology focus and “typical” female tasks.

The project may start in our headquarters in Feldafing, Germany for insights into the technology, and to start developing a first outline of the training. The actual training of entrepreneurs in the field will then take place in Choco Province in Colombia. An additional adaptation for India is also being discussed.

Learning Opportunity

By participating in the MovingWorlds Institute, you will first learn social impact frameworks and human-centered design before putting your existing skills and new knowledge to action.In addition, this organization will expose you to new things, like:

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

Accommodation

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

Travel Stipend

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

Additional Benefits

Siemens Stiftung (foundation) will also cover visa costs.

About the Hosting Organization

Smart Hydro Power GmbH is a For-profit working on Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing.

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