First of its kind Entrepreneurship Programme Focused
on Twin Sustainable Development Goals of Energy + Diversity

About the Accelerator

In the recent years, the energy sector has seen rapid changes with the rise of renewables, decentralization of the energy system, policy modifications and emerging disruptive new technologies. The year 2012 was announced as the International Year for Sustainable Energy for all and although women continue to play a major role in the energy value chain, the number of women-led businesses in the energy sector remains alarmingly low.

Addressing this issue, POWERED Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind accelerator, globally, focusing on women-led businesses in the energy value chain. Set up as a joint initiative of Shell Foundation and Zone Startups, and funded by DFID UK and DST Government of India, the objective of the POWERED Accelerator is to support selected ventures, by helping them expand their innovative and consumer-responsive services, products, and financing; with an ultimate goal to increase economic empowerment of women-owned businesses in the energy space.

Some of the themes that are being pursued include Access to Energy, Sustainable Mobility, and Waste to Value. The programme will operate with a tiered approach including multiple stakeholders - Policy Think Tanks, Government, Educational/Research Institutions, Networks & Enablers, Investors, Industry and Regional Partners - with an aim to scale innovative businesses in the energy domain.

The programme is launched jointly in partnership with Shell Foundation, DFID India (Govt of UK), DST (Govt of India) and Zone Startups India.

Focus Areas

Access to Energy

Sustainable Mobility

Waste to Value

Our Approach

Ecosystem Development
  • Ecosystem activities to discuss challenges and advocate the programme objective capturing interest and mind-share of myriad of organizations.
Grand Challenges
  • Challenges/hackathons to foster new innovative solutions on particular problem areas/industry specific use cases.
Bootcamp
  • A one-week intensive bootcamp for idea stage businesses to take their MVPs from a ideation phase to beta launch stage. The bootcamp will touch the basic building blocks of running a business including tech, marketing, hiring, legal, finance etc.
Pilots
  • Implementation of select businesses in a local economy to validate the model, measure effectiveness and impact.
Accelerator Programme
  • A six-week power packed accelerator programme for early stage scalable businesses complete with mentoring, workshops, case studies, industry connects, peer networks and investor connects.
Seed Fund
  • USD $10,000 equity-free seed grant to suitable scalable businesses from the programme to scale them further.

First Cohort

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Simmi Sareen

Simmi is a veteran in financial services with more than 19 years of experience in credit and lending.

Loans 4 SME

Loans4SME is an alternative lending platform that connects businesses with debt providers.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Srujana Raghupatruni

Srujana has 7 years’ experience in teaching Electrical Engineering.

Cellerite Systems

Cellerite Systems is developing an innovative Electric Vehicle charger with a focus on faster chargingtime.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Puspalata Pani

Puspalata has 19 years of experience in youth leadership development.

Kumudini Enterprises

Kumudini Enterprise is an all women-run organisation that provides energy services and devices in rural communities.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Mousumi Medhi

Mousumi has 8 years of experience in project management.

HoneyComb Inventions

HoneyComb aims at enhancing the duration of healthcare facilities’ power back up supplies.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Amishi Parasrampuria

Amishi has 4 years of experience as a social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability.

Upcycler’s Lab

Upcycler’s Labmakes sustainability-based learning tools for children above the age of five.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Kavita Aggarwal

Kavita has core experience in Embedded Systems Design, in Building ATC and War-Room Communication Infrastructure for IAF.

BluPrints

BluPrints is an R&D Driven Embedded Systems Technology Company specializing in Retail-Tech and Fin-Tech Devices.
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Ruchi Jain

Ruchi is a postgraduate in Environment change and Management from Oxford University who has worked with the MNRE and European Academies Sciences Council.

Taru Naturals

Taru Naturals is a network that connects farmer communities with clean technology and renewable energy.
They have received a seed fund of $10,000 from the programme to help scale up
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Manvi Dhawan

Manvi, a postgraduate in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay, has 2 years of experience in project management and systems engineering.

Agnij-Adjustable Thermoelectric Power Generator

Agnij is a thermo-electric belt which can be placed around any heated vessel or chullahs to use waste heat.
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Neha Upadhyaya

Neha is an organic macrobiotic coach based in New Delhi.

Guna

Guna trains rural women farmers in Ladakh and Sikkim to develop eco model villages through a focus on organic farming and the use of solar energy in post-harvest management.
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Nidhi Pant

Nidhi is a social entrepreneur who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.

S4S Technologies

S4S Technologies manufactures solar dehydrators that is used by farmers for food preservation.

Programme Participants get Access to

Seed Fund up to INR 7 Lakhs available for select portfolio startups.
Pilot opportunities
Support from multiple partners
Mentorship from domain experts
Industry and investor connect
Peer community
We’re looking for you if you are
a business in the energy value chain with a woman in the core team

Mentors

Partners

We wish is to collaborate with, and acquire mindshare among myriad of organizations, including Policy Think Tanks, Government, Educational/Research Institutions, Networks & Enablers, Investors, Industry and Regional Partners.

Light a Home, Brighten Lives #EnergyForAll

240 million Indians have no access to power. Access to modern, cleaner energy is essential to human development. In a bid to accelerate energy reaching all POWERED is lightening 40 homes and brightening several lives.

FAQs

How do I apply? Do I need to submit a business plan?

You can apply through the Application button. You don’t need to submit a formal business plan at this moment, just fill in the fields in the application form.

Why should I join POWERED Accelerator Programme?

POWERED is one of its kind Entrepreneurship programme focussed on twin Sustainable
Development Goals’ of Energy + Diversity. The programme offers world class mentorship, networking opportunities, industry connects, investor faceoff , peer community and a seed grant upto INR 7 Lakhs to select portfolio startups. If selected, the programme will be a launchpad for you to scale your business further and faster.

We are an early stage startup. Can we apply?

Yes! We’re on the lookout for early stage, scalable and value-driven companies that have direct solutions for the broader energy space.

What’s the eligibility criteria of the programme?

If you have women in your core team and you are creating solution in the broader energy domain, you are eligible for the programme.

Please elaborate on the given focus areas of the programme?

Below are the 3 defined focus areas, along with multiple sub-areas.


Access to Energy
- Energy Efficiency
- Productive use of energy
- Energy in Agriculture
- Access to Finance for Energy products/consumers/entrepreneurs
- Clean Energy
- Energy for access to health, education, water, etc
- Energy related payments
- Micro-insurance
- Tech solutions to manage/increase use of clean energy production (for example – load management system for off-grids)
- Services related to Energy sector (for example – servicing of Solar Panels)
- Last mile distribution of energy related impact products
- Blockchain/other technology solutions enabling use of (energy) impact products

Sustainable Mobility
- Electric Vehicles using Clean Energy
- Integration of EV + Mini-grids/off-grids
- Optimization of Transport systems (reducing overall energy consumption)

Waste to Value
- Collection
- Segregation
- Value generation

I wish to associate/partner with the programme. What is the process for it?

Please send us an email with your queries to powered@zonestartups.com. We will be more than happy to take up your questions there.

I still have more questions. What do I do?

Please send us an email with your queries to powered@zonestartups.com. We will be more than happy to take up your questions there.

Post a successful first edition, we are now looking for the next set of women entrepreneurs to help scale up
Contact Details:
Write to us at: powered@zonestartups.com
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