The solar off-grid industry in Africa is dominated by international manufacturers or distributors. The lack of small and medium enterprises (SME) in developing countries is a significant obstacle: "the missing middle".
SENDEA empowers local SME: Local small and medium enterprises (SME) are the main driver for innovation, poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.
How is SENDEA working?
We believe that support for young entrepreneurs needs to be tailored. SENDEA also includes not just financial or technical assistance, but a strong long-term support as a community of entrepreneurs.
SENDEA uses a unique type of support:
- practical experience and mentoring
- financial support
- long-term help as a member of the SENDEA community of likeminded entrepreneurs.
In our experience, practical work is the best training and support for entrepreneurs. SENDEA hires the company to realize a unique, grant funded project: a solar village.
Participants of this call for proposals need to be a founder of a solar company in Uganda, working mainly in the off-grid sector with solar energy.
The equity majority of your company has to be hold by local shareholders: The company is not a subsidiary of an international company nor an exclusive importer of one manufacturer only nor a franchise partner.
You personally are interested to join our program and become a long-term member of the SENDEA community of entrepreneurs.
If you fulfil these conditions you are invited to send us two documents:
- your personal CV
- a presentation of your company
Please send these documents by the latest until August 15th to Harald Schützeichel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected entrepreneurs are then invited to a personal meeting in September.
More information about SENDEA: www.sendea.org