Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Working at Philips I have pioneered different entrepreneurial initiatives (over 8 years time): set-up of na only-online business in Europe which was back then (2008) a very innovative concept within the company and the industry. After that I have set-up the coffee business (of which a totally new cofffe concept) in South America (Brazil & Argentina) which was basically non-existent at the time. Later on I have set-up different new product initiatives for Philips Lighting in Asia (mainly China & India). Next to that I have been a funding and founding member of I-Like-Local (www.i-likelocal.com) a social entrepreneuril online travel start-up.
The founding members have entrepreneurial experience in another cookstove company and in a biotech firm. They have done pilot cookstoves initiatives in Mexico and Kenya and Rwanda.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We are in touch with multiple different partners in the clean cookstove industry (investors, NGO's, governments, competitors, etc), of which the most important one is the GACC (Global Alliance of Clean Cookstoves). We have a strong relationship with them and they have awarded us multiple grands to start up innovative pilots. Additionally, they have supported us in connecting with other players in the industry and funders with whom we connect frequently to share best practices and learn from each other. In Kenya we have a local investor and advisor who has a over 30 years of experience in doing business in Kenya and Africa. Next to that, we work closely with (government) NGO's (eg Winrock from the US) with whom we can set-up new innovative approaches in sales & marketing. We are also planning to set-up closer relationships with the World Bank as they are setting up different initiatives in the Clean Cookstoves sector.