EnAccess funds and supports Open Innovation in Energy Access. They believe that Open Innovation is necessary in order to achieve universal energy access.
EnAccess currently has two funding mechanisms and accepts applications on a rolling basis:
Innovation Pilots for Energy Access – up to $250,000
For projects that are ready to be built and prototyped in a real environment. Think: Hardware, Software, Business Models that need market validation from the Energy Access Sector. These projects create shared solutions for problems that are commonly faced across the industry. Most hardware and software projects would likely fit in this category – if you’re ready to write the code, or order equipment to put together with your hands, this is the right spot for you.
Moonshots Concepts for Energy Access – up to $50,000
Moonshot concepts research high potential opportunities that might inspire new thinking in the industry. Working on a new concept could be open ended and highly uncertain (see one of our published projects, AgriGrid, as an example). We don’t always know how these projects will turn out, but are happy to take risks on ideas that we find promising. One example might be a series of discussions that explore opportunities to harness artificial intelligence (AI) in energy access. The results of this kind of exploration could be a whitepaper describing an innovation roadmap for the industry, a research webinar, a concept note for a new organization, or a prototype tool analyzing data from various organizations.
“Tech” projects may fit into this category too. Your idea might have the end results of being a new type of chip, software, or hardware – but before you are ready to actually make something like that, you need to flush out the idea. If this is where you’re at, this is the right category for you.
Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to one of these opportunities.