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Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund


Our objective is to build and share evidence on the role of mobile in improving or increasing access to energy, clean water or sanitation for underserved consumers and the potential benefits for the mobile industry.

We will be awarding GBP 3.3 million in grant funds to 15 – 17 organisations who will trial or scale commercially sustainable mobile-enabled utility services.  Grant sizes vary from GBP 150,000 to 300,000.

  • Seed Grants (up to GBP 150,000): The primary aim of these grants is to support the trial of products/services that use mobile to enable sustainable access to energy, water or sanitation.
  • Market Validation Grants (up to GBP 300,000): The primary aim is to support partnerships with mobile network operators or urban utility service providers to support scaling or replication of an existing service that increases or improves access to sustainable energy, water and sanitation services to underserved consumers. The service will already have demonstrated early success and have active users in at least one market.
Earlier Event: January 31
EnergyLab Acceleration Program
Later Event: February 1
Powerhouse Accelerator Program