This project is supported by USAID under the Energy Access Investment Readiness Program.
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship based out of Santa Clara University (SCU) and New Ventures (NV) will mentor and coach distributed renewable energy enterprises and facilitate US $41 million of investments, to be used in turn, by the enterprises to scale their business and reach our targeted number of 1 million consumers.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Miller Center is the largest and most successful university-based social enterprise accelerator in the world. Founded in 1997, Miller Center is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Here we leverage this entrepreneurial spirit with the University’s Jesuit heritage of service to the poor and protection of the planet.
Our signature program, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) helps mission-driven enterprises build sustainable and scalable businesses by focusing on business models and investment readiness. In addition to training and support, GSBI matches program participants with Silicon Valley and local mentors. Some GSBI mentors are Silicon Valley founders and CEOs. Others are domain experts in finance, sales, marketing and business development. Still others are venture capitalists, investors, or lawyers with mergers and acquisition experience. They all share a passion to be trusted advisors to entrepreneurs working for social impact.
Miller Center has trained over 900 social enterprises in 63 countries (including over 50 in India), who have collectively raised over $940 million of investment.
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With the support of DOEN Foundation, New Ventures has been selecting, mentoring, and showcasing enterprises that provide distributed renewable energy products and services for rural India. Over the last two years, New Ventures has worked with 15 enterprises in the rural energy space and in other related sustainable enterprise sectors.