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Want to gain experience working on creating a social enterprise in a developing country?

ENVenture is an incubator that empowers rural organizations to learn business skills to launch sustainable clean energy enterprises, starting in Uganda. Incubatees receive a revolving loan and a business coach that mentor them in launching the business, undertaking the packaged business concept from idea to execution.

Want to gain experience working on creating a social enterprise in a developing country?

Many grassroots Community Based Organizations (CBOs) have a real desire to distribute essential clean energy technologies in their communities without electricity, running water, and modern fuels for cooking. However, in setting up businesses they face three hurdles: sufficient labor, knowledge, and financing.

We are seeking Business Development Fellows that will serve 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 location site and you will gain first-hand experience on rural entrepreneurship. Placement is for 3 – 5 months.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director of the CBO to establish an enterprise that sells small-scale clean energy products, including but not limited to solar lights, solar home systems, improved cookstoes, fuel briquettes, and water filters.
  • Conduct market research with the CBO in the community to determine uptake and price points.
  • Develop relationships with local clean energy manufacturers to set up order processing and delivery
  • Accounts manage the loan provided 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop rural retail marketing campaigns.
  • Grow sales.
  • Test enterprise mobile applications.

Requirements:

  • Degree in Business Administration 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
  • Have an open mind – you are there not only to advise, but to learn.

Testimonial from Shu Fen Ong Stanford ’15 Fellow, “I believe that I was my most motivated, creative, inspired, energetic, independent and passionate self during those weeks in Uganda as the work meant a great deal to me.”

Please submit your cover letter and resume to aneri@enventureenterprises.org.   and use datacollectors.org as your reference.

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