Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?
The Customer: People living in slums, rural areas and peri-urban communities without access to grid electricity or gas. SMEs with cooking needs like restaurants, schools, hotels and hospitals will also be benefited. We will work closely with Grameen Bank personnel in mobilizing locals, arranging campaigns and advertising our brand through word of mouth to achieve grassroots penetration.
Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?
We will start our operation in urban slums around Dhaka where 4 million people without access to grid electricity and a secure gas supply reside. Afterwards we will scale our operations to the mentioned sites in the field survey namely Gaibandha (Northern part), Gazipur (center) and Faridpur (south western part) of Bangladesh.
This will be possible through our strong partnerships with the Grameen bank, the Yale School of Management, local NGOs and community leaders. The Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center where 3 of our members including myself are active alumnis has already agreed to forge bonds with our company in bridging the gap between ourselves and The Ministry of Power, Energy and Minerals of Bangladesh
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered
I have designed, manufactured and installed a working wheelchair bus ramp for an NGO working with people with walking disabilities in the wake of the Rana Plaza garment factory crash in Bangladesh. This helped the NGO to transport more than 100 people back to their homes after they were rehabilitated in 1 month alone. The idea stood as a finalist in Global Social entrepreneurship Competition 2014.
Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?