Deadline: August 5, 2022.
Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests (MCHF) Accelerator Program Cohort-3
The Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests Accelerator Program is 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 (MCHF) Accelerator Program Cohort-3 is a capacity building initiative implemented by mHub in coordination with the Government of Malawi with support from the USAID and UKaid co-funded MCHF Activity. This 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.
Round number three of the MCHF Accelerator Program will provide knowledge and skills (marketing, distribution, etc) to selected early-stage entrepreneurs so that they can help to improve availability and accessibility of AE sources and FE cooking technology products in the urban areas to reduce demand for illegal and unsustainable charcoal. The early-stage entrepreneurs who will complete the training program will be linked with the 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.
HOW THE MCHF ACCELERATOR WORKS
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.