Call for Applications

Off-Grid Energy Development Entrepreneurship Lab (DELab)

11-16 November 2019 | Mzuzu University

Do you want to address energy poverty through social enterprise?

Do you want to explore how the private sector can create positive social change?

Do you need support to help launch and scale your enterprise?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Development Entrepreneurship Lab (DELab) is appropriate for you. It is the first part of our intensive development entrepreneur training program.

  • This program combines the most effective components from business support organizations around the world to create a comprehensive experience that will produce leaders in the off-grid energy sector.

  • The DELab provides a dual-concentration on business acumen and social impact measurement to equip aspiring social entrepreneurs with the expertise and tools they need to make their enterprises both profitable and impactful.

Our six-day DELab will cover the basics of development entrepreneurship customized to your goals and potential. You will be connected with the tools, resources, and network to help you succeed in launching a business with an eye for both financial success and measurable social impact. We support both for profit and self-financing, not-for-profit concepts.

DeLab Details

  • Six day workshop at Mzuzu University

  • 11-16 November 2019

  • 10-15 participants

  • Facilitators made up of industry experts from the academic and private sectors

  • Topics include:

    • Social impact measurement

    • Business planning

    • Pitching your business

    • Productive Use of Energy

    • Mapping the off-grid energy ecosystem

  • Participants will have the chance to meet with successful Malawian entrepreneurs to learn their stories and hear their advice.

There are no course fees associated with the program. However, participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the MZUNI campus, as well as their food and accommodations.

about you

  • You’re creative; an innovator who isn’t afraid to think outside of the box

  • You’re passionate about electrifying Malawi 

  • You’re a fast learner and excited about building new skills

  • You believe in collaboration and are a great team player

  • You may not be an engineer, but you’re a critical thinker with keen problem solving skills


  • Applicants must possess an idea for a social enterprise focused on the off-grid energy sector 

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have already started their business

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have technical knowledge in the off-grid energy sector

  • Teams/partnerships are encouraged to apply

  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


How to Apply

You can submit your application online here. If you have difficulty accessing the online application, you can download a copy here. Please send your completed form to

If you have further questions on our program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 20th September 2019. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be considered.