Green Bio Energy (GBE)

GBE endeavours to fight poverty, deforestation and climate change. GBE produces and sells briquettes made out of recycled materials (up to 40% cheaper and 86% less CO2-consuming than charcoal) and improved cook stoves (saving up to 40% of charcoal when used for cooking). GBE also sells small amounts of solar lamps and water filters, and provides training on topics such as micro-enterprise management or briquettes production. Everything at GBE is made exclusively using local resources.

Fundraising

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Idea

We have an elevator pitch. We want you to sign an NDA before we share our business plan. We are already working in <abbr title="Base of the Pyramid">BoP</abbr> markets and want to improve our current offering.
We have an elevator pitch. We want you to sign an NDA before we share our business plan. We are already working in BoP markets and want to improve our current offering.

GBE offers low-income Ugandan families cost-saving, safe and eco-friendly energy solutions: briquettes and improved cookstoves, produced exclusively using local human and material resources. Once the raw materials collected from communities are processed into products, they are brought to customers through local micro-entrepeneurs or partners.

Team

Our founder has the business savvy and persistence to turn ideas into a company. We have a business network and can get introduced to the right people. We can build the product. Given the time and money, we can deliver on our promises.
Our founder has the business savvy and persistence to turn ideas into a company. We have a business network and can get introduced to the right people. We can build the product. Given the time and money, we can deliver on our promises.

GBE’s executive management is made up of three members: the Co-Founder and Managing Director Vincent Kienzler, the Operations Manager Angus Marjoribanks, and myself the Deputy Managing Director David Gerard. GBE's different operations are supervised by five skilled locals.


Product

We have a working product or service. We have developed the product ourselves and own all of the <abbr title="Intellectual property (IP) rights are legally recognized exclusive rights to creations of the mind.">IP</abbr> for the product.
We have a working product or service. We have developed the product ourselves and own all of the IP for the product.

GBE started producing and selling the first brand of eco-friendly charcoal briquettes in Uganda, at the end of 2012, and started producing and selling its own brand of energy-efficient stoves in July 2013. GBE has also recently started selling small amounts of solar lamps and water filters, bought from other manufacturers. Two new products are in the design & testing process. A prototype of cook stove based on secondary airflow technology and tested for significant improvements. And non-carbonized briquettes, the best substitutes for firewood, to reach rural areas where it represents 86% of the cooking fuel used.

Revenue

We already have revenue from paying customers.
We already have revenue from paying customers.

GBE’s turnover is expected to largely increase due to high previsions of sales for 2016. Indeed four major distributors contracted with GBE for the distribution of 55,000 stoves in total. In addition, 550 tons of briquettes are to be manufactured and sold following the renewed contracts with two major partners and the marketing efforts deployed.


Inclusiveness

We involve low-income groups as consumers. We involve low-income groups as producers. We involve low-income groups as distributors. We involve low-income groups as employees.

GBE's products and services are innovatively designed to allow the beneficiaries to save money on their energy bill, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted & preserve natural resources, and prevent smoke-related diseases. All along its value chain, GBE empowers its supplier communities, its employees, its micro-entrepreneur distributors.

We involve low-income groups as consumers. We involve low-income groups as producers. We involve low-income groups as distributors. We involve low-income groups as employees.

GBE wishes to reach 2,000,000 beneficiaries by 2020. In 2015 if we take into account the whole lifespans of its products, GBE's customers saved $1M, GBE recycled 1,400 tons of waste, preserved 31,590 tons of trees, offset 48,549 tons of CO2, and generated 300 income activities.

  1. Idea and Stage

  2. Team and Organization

  3. Market and Marketing

  4. Finance

  5. Impact

  6. Investment

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