Social entrepreneurship to foster energy efficiency

Ashoka, energy consumption, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, renewable energy, social

Ashoka is the world’s leading social entrepreneurship network and was founded in 1981; for five years it has carried out a programme called “Impact” to support social innovation initiatives. In 2013 Ashoka will partner up with Rexel and launch the Energy Efficiency Impact programme to support 10 to 15 projects aiming at combating fuel poverty.

The programme will start on February 25th (start of the application period) and end on October 7th (awards ceremony). Eligible organizations must have a social purpose, promote energy efficiency and combine environmental (reduction in and management of energy consumption, development of renewable energy sources) as well as social approaches (fight against fuel poverty, reintegration into employment).

When the call for projects is closed, application assessment will be based on four criteria:

  • Social and environmental impact of the project
  • Feasibility of development strategy
  • Creative use of human and financial resources
  • Motivation of participants

Successful applicants will attend three three-day training workshops run by scholars, renowned social entrepreneurs and business professionals who will provide them with expertise on various topics, such as designing adequate business plans in the social sector, existing energy efficiency technology, negotiation and fundraising techniques… Project leaders will thus be empowered to build a structured and durable economic model and boost the growth and social impact of their business. Finally, the two best projects will be awarded a prize of respectively 7,000 and 3,000 euros.

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