After the historic Paris climate agreements in November 2015, there has been a growing interest in the role of clean technology entrepreneurship and innovation including sustainable energy as an essential tool to reach climate change goals. Energy production and consumption threatens not only health and quality of life, but also biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change. Sustainable energy will be the driving force for reducing poverty, promoting social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth and environmental sustainability. “We believe that by supporting entrepreneurs in the energy sector, we can slow down climate change,” said PEF Chairperson Benjamin Abadiano.
PEF, WWF together with Impact Hub Manila supports the best and most innovative ideas and business enterprises which address the need for sustainable energy solutions through the Impact Hub Fellowship Program. I t is an incubation program for startups which focus on renewable energy; energy efficiency, access to energy and off-grid solutions, energy systems plus energy consumption reduction. WWF Philippines President & CEO Joel Palma said, “With our partners, we are excited to search for innovative ideas and enterprises which are aligned with our core values and objectives.”
The Fellowship program is designed to attract, select and support impact oriented entrepreneurs and help them realize their innovations for a more sustainable world. “Being topic focused in our delivery of fellowship programs is unique in the incubator / accelerator space and ensures that we are targeting the key pressing,” said Lizan Kuster, cofounder of Impact Hub Manila. Participants are given the chance to win more than ₱2 .5 million worth of fellowship prizes. This includes ₱1.5 million seed funding, skill development trainings, mentorship, access to a stimulating workspace at Impact Hub Manila and valuable networks. “We doubled and tripled the number of fellows we will support for this year from just one startup team the last time which enables us to support more entrepreneurs,”Kuster added
Aspiring entrepreneurs or early-stage startups are welcome to apply, though the startup teams applying must be able to register their business in the Philippines and be able to work and live in the Philippines as well. Applications will open from June 16, 2016 until July 24, 2016 on http://www.impacthub.ph/incubationfellowshipenergywwfpef.
Impact Hub Manila in collaboration with WWF and PEF will conduct idea development workshop on June 22, 2016 and pitching workshop on July 21, 2016. The teams must submit their business plan as an entry for the Fellowship
Program. Fifteen startups will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of judges. The selected six to eight startups will participate in a six-week business training program, called the K ick Program. Two to three teams will be selected as winning fellows of the program. These fellows will be incubated for six months. At the incubation phase, the Fellows will undergo further training to have their enterprise be ready for investment, and further customer validation of their product or service network. (30)
ABOUT PEACE AND EQUITY FOUNDATION
The Peace and Equity Foundation aspires to drive positive change in poor Filipino household communities by investing in social enterprises that will provide them with viable livelihood and better access to basic services. We work with partners who share this vision by developing models and best practices that will steer social enterprises to scale up. Founded in October 2001, our Foundation is the steward of an endowment fund and registered as a nonstock, nonprofit organization based in Quezon City, Philippines.
ABOUT WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE
WWF-Philippines has been working as a national organization of the WWF network since 1997. As the 26th national organization in the WWF network, WWF-Philippines is successfully implementing various conservation projects to help protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia.
ABOUT IMPACT HUB MANILA
Impact Hub Manila is an impact driven company focusing on incubation and innovation. They support startups, talents, corporations and organizations with a wide range of training programs and consulting services, offering networking and co-working space. There are 81 impact Hubs around the world, with +15,000 members worldwide.