Vincent Kapur
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Are we missing a huge chance for collaboration in India?!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anjali Garg Sep 12, 2013. 6 Replies

Hello everyone!I would like to encourage the entire community of Luminanetizens to flex their networks in India because I have noticed an alarming insulation between the conversation in the global…Continue

Random Amazing Fact - Battery Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vincent Kapur Jul 15, 2013. 4 Replies

The vast majority of battery banks for solar in India (est. 80+%) are thrown away with between 1-3 years of potential life unrecovered due to poorly designed charging systems.  This is primarily due…Continue

Can anyone recommend a good supplier for small TV sets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Vincent Kapur May 28, 2013. 2 Replies

All,I am looking for info, anecdotes, or references related to 7 inch, 12V DC tv's in BoP settings. Any feedback welcome!VincentContinue

Seeking Referrals to Market Research/Strategy Consulting Experts for Indian Rural Markets

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arun Kumar May 10, 2013. 2 Replies

Our group is developing a strategy to roll out a first product in India. We are looking for regional experts to help us identify best options for simultaneous pilot programs. Continue

 

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Joe Kselman commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post The Last Frontier in Kerosene Replacement lies in Consumer Purchasing Behavior!
"As the cost of both PVs and batteries continue to drop the micro finance model for basic solar home lighting becomes viable for even the most impoverished communities.  Solar will be just like cell phones which are now everywhere.  Supply…"
Mar 5, 2015
Steven Andrews commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post If you plan construct a distribution network across the Last Mile, plan to make it last!
"Vincent, This is a really helpful and well written piece. Thank you."
Feb 13, 2015
Vincent Kapur's blog post was featured

The Last Frontier in Kerosene Replacement lies in Consumer Purchasing Behavior!

Social enterprises have made great progress is developing effective solar lighting alternatives to the dirty and costly kerosene prevalent in the homes of more than 1.2 billion people. Additionally, finance mechanisms have further improved the favorable lifetime costs of kerosene replacement. So why haven't these energy access solutions seen viral uptake among low-income consumers? Clearly, the answer lies in the behavior patterns of potential customers relative to purchase decisions. A quick…See More
Feb 10, 2015
Salvatore Chester commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post The Last Frontier in Kerosene Replacement lies in Consumer Purchasing Behavior!
"Thanks again Vincent for your positive efforts. Just to share my experience from this part of Africa, I believe, whoever is serious in making money for himself, should primarily focus on supply and delivery of the "right products"…"
Feb 7, 2015
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The Last Frontier in Kerosene Replacement lies in Consumer Purchasing Behavior!

Social enterprises have made great progress is developing effective solar lighting alternatives to the dirty and costly kerosene prevalent in the homes of more than 1.2 billion people. Additionally, finance mechanisms have further improved the favorable lifetime costs of kerosene replacement. So why haven't these energy access solutions seen viral uptake among low-income consumers? Clearly, the answer lies in the behavior patterns of potential customers relative to purchase decisions. A quick…See More
Feb 6, 2015
Vincent Kapur's blog post was featured

Use Pull Marketing to scale Energy Access in the off-grid Developing World...

For social enterprises looking to scale their impact in the developing world, reaching new customers in Last-Mile markets is consistently a challenge. For these companies, especially in the area of Energy Access, much of the initial focus is on "pushing" products into new market geographies. This post examines the limitations of PUSH marketing and emphasizes not only the advantages of adapting PULL marketing strategies for the developing world, but also points out the critical need for…See More
Jan 29, 2015
Vincent Kapur posted a blog post

Use Pull Marketing to scale Energy Access in the off-grid Developing World...

For social enterprises looking to scale their impact in the developing world, reaching new customers in Last-Mile markets is consistently a challenge. For these companies, especially in the area of Energy Access, much of the initial focus is on "pushing" products into new market geographies. This post examines the limitations of PUSH marketing and emphasizes not only the advantages of adapting PULL marketing strategies for the developing world, but also points out the critical need for…See More
Jan 29, 2015
Vincent Kapur's blog post was featured

If you plan construct a distribution network across the Last Mile, plan to make it last!

The title of this post seems obvious, but the topic of Last-Mile product delivery is make or break for social enterprises looking to create an impact in emerging markets. Finding a way to get their solutions in the hands of customers will cost time, effort, and lots of money. With this in mind, it is definitely worth rethinking distribution networks from right to left, even making alterations to the business model if necessary, so that SocEnts can practically set their sights on achieving…See More
Jan 27, 2015
Salvatore Chester commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post If you plan construct a distribution network across the Last Mile, plan to make it last!
"Thank you Vincent. Very sound and informative, to me. Allow me to share it in:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TEA.ethiopia/ Thanks and best regards."
Jan 24, 2015
Vincent Kapur posted a blog post

If you plan construct a distribution network across the Last Mile, plan to make it last!

The title of this post seems obvious, but the topic of Last-Mile product delivery is make or break for social enterprises looking to create an impact in emerging markets. Finding a way to get their solutions in the hands of customers will cost time, effort, and lots of money. With this in mind, it is definitely worth rethinking distribution networks from right to left, even making alterations to the business model if necessary, so that SocEnts can practically set their sights on achieving…See More
Jan 23, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015
Vincent Kapur commented on Victoria Arch's blog post An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder
"Hello Victoria, This topic is at the very forefront of what the entire space must come to terms with in the next 2-3 years if we want to see any businesses achieve real scale. The concept of the energy ladder is familiar to all, but the consequences…"
Jan 22, 2015
Aarif Mirza commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post Un-Conventional Wisdom: Take high-tech solar solutions to villages...
"Where I would like to agree with you, I beg to disagree on the ability for the end-user in villages to be able to go with the most cutting edge technology.  I find it vastly different in the basic economic model of comparing a 500 rupee charge…"
Dec 17, 2013
Anjali Garg replied to Vincent Kapur's discussion Are we missing a huge chance for collaboration in India?!
"Dear Vincent I work on the Lighting Asia - India Program of the IFC and woudl be happy to talk to you on your next visit to Inida to undertsand your concerns better. The Energy Access Forum in Patna actually saw great particpation from domestic…"
Sep 12, 2013
Yotam Ariel commented on Vincent Kapur's blog post Un-Conventional Wisdom: Take high-tech solar solutions to villages...
"Very interesting!"
Sep 11, 2013
brendon mendonca replied to Vincent Kapur's discussion Are we missing a huge chance for collaboration in India?!
"Hi Vincent, Thanks for your post. You have expressed some interesting points. I work with the Lighting Asia program and it would be interesting to see synergies with this program and your work in India. The program broadly works in the off-grid…"
Sep 8, 2013

Profile Information

Name of your company or organization
ACCESS microPower
Role(s)
Product distributor, Product manufacturer, Other
Region
Asia
Describe your involvement and/or interest in off-grid lighting
Launching a new range of products with a new distribution model in India.
Focused on launching a range of solar lighting, mobile phone charging, and other life-enhancing energy-access solutions for the developing world.

Dedicated to finding that sweet spot where technology advancements drive business model innovations.

Evangelist for sustainable business models for engaging BoP consumers.
Website
http://www.accessmicropower.net
Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/accessmicropower
Twitter ID:
http://accessmp
LinkedIn Profile:
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The Last Frontier in Kerosene Replacement lies in Consumer Purchasing Behavior!

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 6:49pm 2 Comments

Social enterprises have made great progress is developing effective solar lighting alternatives to the dirty and costly kerosene prevalent in the homes of more than 1.2 billion people. Additionally, finance mechanisms have further improved the favorable lifetime costs of kerosene replacement. So why haven't these energy access solutions seen viral uptake among low-income consumers? 



Clearly, the answer lies in the behavior patterns of potential customers relative…

Continue

Use Pull Marketing to scale Energy Access in the off-grid Developing World...

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

For social enterprises looking to scale their impact in the developing world, reaching new customers in Last-Mile markets is consistently a challenge. For these companies, especially in the area of Energy Access, much of the initial focus is on "pushing" products into new market geographies. This post examines the limitations of PUSH marketing and emphasizes not only the advantages of adapting PULL marketing strategies for the developing world, but also…
Continue

If you plan construct a distribution network across the Last Mile, plan to make it last!

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

The title of this post seems obvious, but the topic of Last-Mile product delivery is make or break for social enterprises looking to create an impact in emerging markets. Finding a way to get their solutions in the hands of customers will cost time, effort, and lots of money. With this in mind, it is definitely worth rethinking distribution networks from right to left, even making alterations to the business model if necessary, so that SocEnts can practically set…
Continue

Un-Conventional Wisdom: Take high-tech solar solutions to villages...

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

Social enterprises can not afford to allow conventional wisdom to hold back inspiration. In the field of energy access for villagers, conventional wisdom assumes that Village life = Low-Tech so therefore, only energy solutions which are low-tech are capable of taking firm roots among the lifestyles of rural populations. From this logic, many providers of solar solutions are driving toward simple solutions at low cost and away from alternatives which might be sophisticated, multi-functional,…

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At 5:43pm on January 16, 2013, Evan Mills said…

Hello Vincent,

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