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Enterprise support | Powering Livelihoods

Enterprise support

The Powering Livelihoods jury has selected six cohort enterprises for the initiative on the basis of parameters such as innovation, business model feasibility, scalability, social impact, human resources, and product development stage. Powering Livelihoods aims to meet the unique needs of selected enterprises through dedicated financial, technical, and sectoral growth support.

Capital support
Support of up to USD 250,000 to bridge the gaps faced by the enterprise at commercialisation stage. It is not intended to cover regular business expenses, but is aimed at driving commercial deployments at scale.
  • Product enhancements for commercial pilot and women-friendliness
  • Gender-inclusive pilot design costs
  • Manufacturing subsidy (bridging the gap to volume pricing)
  • Service network one time set up costs
  • Marketing and outreach costs
  • Training costs (both personnel and customers)
  • Specific incentives to enhance women’s participation in the value chain (recruitment and training)
Capacity building support
Up to USD 100,000 worth of technical assistance to bridge enterprise specific need gaps, and delivered through strategic partnerships.
  • Gender-inclusive business model development/fine-tuning (including unit economics)
  • Financial modelling
  • HR: Gender-inclusive talent search and development
  • Leadership development
  • Legal and compliance
  • Gender sensitisation training for senior management
  • Enabling end-user financing
Sectoral growth support
Up to USD 100,000 worth of sectoral growth support to generate knowledge and evidence to unlock support at the sectoral level. Showcasing and leveraging enterprise success to drive sectoral growth.
  • Market assessment for the appliance category linked to the cohort enterprises
  • Gender disaggregated evidence generation from commercial pilots
  • Best practices to effectively integrate gender-inclusion among energy-livelihood businesses
  • Building momentum towards gender-inclusive investment in the sector
  • Policy assessment for the appliance category linked to the cohort enterprises
  • Evidence-based sectoral engagements

Enterprise journey

(all numbers are indicative)

Captial support

Conditions precedent


Onboarded enterprise

Deployments: 50 - 100 per quarter

Annual revenue: USD 30k – 60k

Operating in one geographic region.


Entry with field-tested technology


Due diligence completed

All requested documents submitted



Streamlined business-model


Detailed 3-year business plan and financial model

10% deployment completed

Component manufacturer on-boarded

Go-To-Market/market linkage established

One key hire done

6 months


Commercial traction


40% deployment completed

Cumulative revenue USD 75k

Metrics collection mechanism set up and operationalised

All hiring completed

12 months


Deployment at scale


100% deployment completed

At least USD 150k revenue realised

First set of project & impact metrics submitted

Strong interest from at least one each of equity and debt funder

18 months


Investible and rapidly growing business


At least 400+ leveraged sales per quarter as part of commercial deployment, with a revenues of USD 250k

One equity funder signed up

All project & impact metrics submitted

24 months

Graduated enterprise

Deployments: 300 - 350 per quarter

Annual revenue: USD 200k - 300k

Operating in at least two geographies