JAY PATEL

Social entrepreneur & consultant in off-grid solar and youth skill development in East Africa

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ABOUT

Hi. I'm a social entrepreneur, consultant and speaker. After 5 years at Google in advertising sales, I was inspired to quit my job and move to Uganda, where I spent 4 years living and working on off-grid solar and youth skill development. I am a co-founder on two social enterprise startups: Enlight Institute, which provides solar recruitment, training, and assessment services for companies hiring rural youth, and Village Energy, which does last-mile solar distribution in off-grid communities. I am now based in New York but travel frequently to Africa and Europe. Whether you are interested in impact investing in Africa, off-grid solar, youth skill development, or finding your passion, I can help you.

 

CURRENT WORK

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, ENLIGHT INSTITUTE

Enlight Institute, founded in 2018, is a social enterprise startup focused on data-driven skill development for the off-grid solar industry, starting with solar technician and sales agent trainings in rural Uganda. We work with last-mile solar distributors across East Africa on solving their last-mile human capital needs through recruitment, training, and/or skill assessment services. Its founding funding partner is Signify Foundation (formerly Philips Lighting).

CO-FOUNDER, VILLAGE ENERGY

Village Energy, founded in 2008, is a Ugandan solar last-mile distributor  focused on productive university, with 5 branches and 25 employees across Uganda. In 2017 it was the global winner of the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards, a 2015 SEED Africa winner, and has funding from USAID, Echoing Green, SPRING Accelerator, and UN Capital Development Fund.

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES

EAST AFRICA: OFF-GRID SOLAR & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Over the last 4 years I've worked with USAID, GIZ, GOGLA, Energy4Impact, Acumen, and numerous other organizations on projects related to off-grid solar and solar trainings in East Africa.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Over the last decade I have worked with Acumen, Ashoka, Spark, and New Sector Alliance on projects related to social entrepreneurship, leadership development and impact investing.

GOOGLE ADWORDS: SME DIGITAL MARKETING

Since 2010 I've worked individually with over one thousand SME advertisers on their digital marketing strategy, and continue to run digital marketing campaigns within my organizations.

 

CONTACT ME

New York / Kampala

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