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Earlier this year, Apple partnered with Acumen to lend support to social enterprises in India, with the aim of enhancing livelihoods through innovative clean energy solutions.

In June, Apple forged a noteworthy partnership with Acumen, aimed at supporting social enterprises in India in their quest to enhance livelihoods through innovative clean energy solutions. Acumen, renowned for its proficiency in projects benefiting low-income individuals, conceived a straightforward yet impactful initiative: the Energy for Livelihoods Accelerator. Under this program, Acumen’s experts are guiding a 12-week journey for social entrepreneurs, helping them refine and scale their enterprises. The overarching goal is to uplift the lives of impoverished communities while concurrently safeguarding the environment.

Fifteen promising entrepreneurs have been meticulously selected for this accelerator program. These visionaries will focus on diverse sectors, including agriculture, e-mobility, and hydropower, offering essential technologies that maximize the potential of energy to improve livelihoods.

The upcoming four months are pivotal as participants diligently craft and hone scalable business models poised to transform the fortunes of low-income populations while preserving precious resources and ecological balance. The cohort will engage in a dynamic blend of virtual Learning Labs, seminars, and independent customer experiments to fortify their business models and amplify their impact.

Upon completing the program, participants will have the opportunity to present their initiatives to a curated audience of stakeholders within the sustainable energy ecosystem during a Demo Day.

Furthermore, upon program completion, participants will join The Foundry, an esteemed global community within Acumen Academy, boasting over 1,300 social innovators. Together, they have collectively impacted more than eight million lives worldwide. Accelerator participants will also be eligible for additional technical support and potential investment through Acumen’s Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative – Powering Livelihoods Using Solar (PEII+), a five-year, $25 million initiative dedicated to early-stage productive energy companies in India, East Africa, and West Africa.

Now, let’s introduce you to the exceptional members of this cohort:

Business Facilitators:

Nimisha Tiwari (LinkITBlueCollar)
Harsh Tiwari (EMPBindi International)

Agriculture and Allied Sector:

Runjesh Bargal (Vanya Environmental Services)
Riddhish Soni (Aumsat Technologies)
Neelkanth Mishra (Jaljeevika Infotech)
Dhananjay Abhang (Kisangas)
Srinivas Marella (Coolcrop)
Rishabh Rawat (Arth)
Ashwini Vikas (Suryanirbhar Agritech LLP)

Business Sector:

Nikky Kumar Jha (Saptkrishi Scientific)
Upamanyu Ghosh (BluPower)
Tushar Devidayal (Devidayal Solar Solutions)
Zunzar Patil (Eidikos Business Enterprises)
Jai Bharathi Addepalli (Mowo Fleet)
Dharmik Bapodara (Youth Energy)
This diverse and innovative group of entrepreneurs is poised to make a lasting impact on the intersection of clean energy, social enterprise, and livelihood improvement in India.

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