Deadline: 29th July, 2022
The Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program is implemented by mHub in coordination with the Government of Malawi with support from the USAID and UKaid co-funded MCHF Activity, designed to promote sustainable forest management in Malawi and promote sustainable energy options to maintain forest cover and reduce land-based emissions.
The Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program is a 6 months long program, aimed at supporting targeted commercially viable products that are promoted by Malawi Clean Cooking Fund grantees in Zomba, Blantyre, Lilongwe, and Mzuzu. This cohort will be provided with support in distribution, marketing, and business training throughout the program.
The early-stage entrepreneurs who will participate in the program will be linked with the Malawi Clean Cooking Fund (MCCF) Grantees (i.e. Dziwani Investments, Kawandama Hills Plantation, Emerging Cooking Solutions, Phata Outgrower Cooperative, 265Energy, UpEnergy, and other MCHF partners) so that they can get business of marketing and distributing commercially viable cooking solutions that they produce and distribute in major cities.
- MHub will advertise MCHF Accelerator Program cohort 3 acceleration opportunity call for application for qualified , Alternative Energy and Fuel-Efficient Cooking Technologies(AEFCT).
- In this cohort forty applicants will be chosen from a pool of applications for the next round of the challenge.
- The forty shortlisted applicants will then go through a pitching workshop before pitching to a panel of judges, and the chosen applicants will go through a due diligence process before the final 20 candidates are chosen to be a part of the program.
- Lastly, the final 20 participants will receive business development trainings, mentorship, and access to finance opportunities over the course of six months.
This is open to all Malawian entrepreneurs, particularly youth and women, and/or any business registered in Malawi willing to distribute commercially viable Alternative Energy and Fuel Efficient Cooking Technologies (AEFECT) products to provide an alternative to illegal charcoal.
The selected Entrepreneurs will receive business development training, advisory support and may qualify for a grant of up to $5,000.