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Over 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity and the many development benefits it brings. In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative, the United Nations Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network promotes universal access to modern energy services by 2030. With a 2,000-strong global network of businesses and non-profits operating in 170 countries, the Network focuses on decentralized, sustainable solutions for household and community-level electrification. It supports innovative financial and business models in predominantly market-based applications that help address development issues such as income generation, health, agriculture, education, small business, and telecommunications. In 2014, members representing a quarter of the Network’s global membership reported collectively delivering clean energy solutions to over 230 million people over the lifetime of their organizations.

To learn more, visit www.energyaccess.org and www.se4all.org. Follow our work on Twitter energyaccessPN.




The Yale Center for Business and the Environment catalyzes research and cultivates partnerships that advance business solutions to global environmental problems. The Center convenes diverse resources and skillsets from across the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Together, these schools share more than 150 years of experience studying ecological and organizational systems, a legacy and depth of expertise unmatched anywhere in the world. Our approach is characterized by pragmatic optimism: we hold simultaneous ambitions for incremental and systemic change. While we recognize that this kind of work takes time, we also recognize a profound urgency in the work that we do. We work with students, professors, alumni, corporate executives, governments and NGOs that possess both a common desire and an uncommon drive for improving the state of the world. To learn more, visit http://cbey.yale.edu/ and follow us on Twitter YaleCBEY.




WIPO Green is an interactive market place that connects technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions. It was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) in 2103. WIPO GREEN consists of an online database and network that brings together a wide range of players in the green technology innovation value chain, and connects owners of new technologies with individuals or companies who might be looking to commercialize, license or otherwise distribute a green technology. To learn more visit https://www3.wipo.int/wipogreen/en/




Accelerate2030 is a 9-month programme co-initiated by Impact Hub Geneva and the UNDP, with a mission to scale the impact of ventures that contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals internationally. It does so by selecting the best ventures from 17 countries, across 4 continents ad connecting them to a wide network of expert partners that deliver a tailored, needs-based scaling support to the finalists. To learn more about us visit http://www.accelerate2030.net/ and follow us on Twitter @accelerate2030



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