AN INVITATION FROM ENNOVENT
As majority of India's population has no access to affordable and clean energy. The objective of the competition is to discover the most valuable for-profit solution worldwide to provide renewable energy to India's rural poor. ennovent will invest up to USD 500,000 in the winning enterprise and give a reward of USD 3,000 to the nominator. We are looking for the smartest and most disruptive innovation and hope to advance sustainable change for poor rural people in India.
We would like to partner with student clubs to promote and market the challenge. Also, we are interested in setting up a formal partnership with the institute. We would be grateful if you could suggest who we can approach in this matter. We would appreciate an opportunity to discuss this further with you.
COMPETITION DETAILS ( THOSE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL JENNIFER DOVE at email@example.com BY TOMORROW, THURSDAY)
Advancing Change: Energy for India's Poor
A majority of India’s population has no access to affordable and clean energy. Discover the most valuable for-profit solution worldwide to provide renewable energy to India’s rural poor. ennovent will invest up to USD 500,000 in the winning enterprise.
Lack of access to energy is part of the poverty trap for a majority of India’s rural poor. Dirty and unsafe energy sources lead to health hazards and take time away from productive livelihood activities. The cost of energy is often higher for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) households than for higher income groups. Rural BoP households in India respectively spend an average about USD 700 a year (USD 2 a day) on energy. The most common energy sources among the lower BoP income groups are kerosene for lighting and firewood for cooking. Innovative approaches and new investments are needed to bring clean, safe and affordable energy services to the Indian BoP market.
ennovent's mission is to promote entrepreneurs who advance innovations for sustainability at the base of the economic pyramid. This competition is part of our activities to achieve this mission.
Dear SE-OBN Members,
Mark your calendars for our upcoming SE-OBN event! If you'd like to come please RSVP to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hope to see you all there!
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Said Business School -- Seminar Room 13
Communication is everything.
Or at least that’s what Wendy Quarry and Ricardo Ramirez, both independent communications consultant practitioners with extensive experience in international development, argue in their new book Communication for Another Development: Listening before telling. To prove this, they use vivid case studies, draw on the stories of individual project leaders who have championed development for communication, and use a range of situations to show different possibilities and contexts.
Come meet the authors and learn strategies to overcome communication challenges in International Development.
Wendy Quarry is a communication specialist with extensive experience adapting her Canadian communication experience to a development context. She has worked in Bangladesh, Ghana, West Africa and Pakistan for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She is currently an independent consultant in communication, evaluation and capacity building for governments, NGOs private sector and a variety of donors.
Ricardo Ramirez is a consultant and Adjunct Professor at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He has conducted extensive research on communication planning, participatory evaluation and capacity development. Most recently his doctoral research focused on how rural and remote communications harness information and communications technology. He also advises NGOs, consulting firms and Communication for Development at FAO, Rome.
More information about their book can be found at: http://www.zedbooks.co.uk/book.asp?bookdetail=4307
Dear SE members,
Remember to get your early bird ticket today (£18)! Anything later costs more!
It will be a 1-day event on 29th Nov(Sun) and panel discussions/workshops will centre around these exciting areas:
-Starting out as a social entrepreneur
-Careers in social entrepreneurship
For the aspiring entrepreneurs among us, why not test out your idea with the panelist from UnLtd at the Ideas Workshop? Submit a concept note by 5pm 20th November 2009 and who knows, you might stand to win up to £5000, office space, and free consultancy service, to bring your idea to life!
See you all on the 29th latest!
Meanwhile, stay fit, stay happy and stay SE...
There is an interesting, power-packed event in London this Thursday for SE, including various topics such as Social Finance, investor pitch, networking and mentoring. It is a full day event at Canary Wharf.
The original price is £171, but I've contacted the organisers with a pitiful story to get a lower price. So now, for SE OBN members, we can attend the event at cost price - £38 (to cover lunch).
The minister of the third sector, UK will be there alongside other power-packed individuals. For event info:
To register and pay £38:
You can either pay by credit / debit card online here: http://www.chain-reaction.org/index.php?/chain-reaction/register2009/ (just enter £38 in the Bursary Donation space)
If you book your train ticket in advance (with Young persons/mature students rail card), tickets are at less than £7, restricted return.
Email or call me if you need further clarification. 075 00 8389 77