Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Over the last 5 years, as well as working on Empower Malawi I have been heavily involved in a number of other initiatives.
I have been involved in founding a water purification innovation that I helped to implement in North West Cameroon to provide an innovative model for providing communities access to clean water. This also led to my attending of the G20 business challenge for water solutions in Australia last year. I have also successfully set up a house light enterprise in both Malawi and then scaled the initiative to Tanzania. Finally, I have been part of an educational social enterprise in the UK, Think for the Future, of which I am currently a Director. These roles and experiences have helped to build a strong knowledge in social enterprise and development, which will provide me the platform to scale Empower Malawi successfully into the future.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
In order to support and deliver on our vision, we engage a wide support team with a variety of backgrounds and expertise.
Firstly, we have received and continue to receive significant support from the University of Nottingham. As part of their Ingenuity Lab programme specifically for Nottingham Alumni, we receive business mentorship, as well as access to other vital consultancy services, such as legal and accounting.
Furthermore a key business advisor, Paul Norrish, who has significant expertise in the field of solar energy having worked to set up Solar Aid during his work with Solar Century.
Finally we have engaged and continue to engage Alumni from the organisation Enactus in order to advance our innovative business model, as well as focus on impact measurement to prove the changes which we are making in these communities.