In a survey conducted by Shell Foundation in 2017, 90% of impact ventures reported that IT was a major bottleneck. On average, the surveyed companies used 7 different, non-connected software applications to conduct their business, creating data silos, duplication and inefficient processes.
enable|digital was created by the Shell Foundation and Persistent Energy in order to solve this problem, with the business model to enable impact ventures in emerging markets to grow quickly by utilizing digitized processes and tailored, connected and optimized IT infrastructure.
With Enable’s genesis in the off-grid energy sector, many of our clients are from this space. However with many of the fundamentals and learnings being broadly applicable across adjacent sectors, Enable has also worked with several clients in mini-grids and Commercial & Industrial solar. Building upon these we have also experience in other last-mile distribution companies, including solar irrigation, sanitation, waste management, and healthcare.
The core focus of Enable has always been firmly on emerging markets, and as such we have experience in working across over a dozen Sub-Saharan African countries, as well as in India, and also with companies based elsewhere who themselves are strongly focused on developing in emerging markets.