Mini-Grid Innovation Lab:
innovating to provide more power,
to more people,
at less cost
HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?
Our iterative testing process rapidly converges on the most impactful prototypes.
The Lab convenes l8 private sector mini-grid developers across Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Zambia in-person every quarter to brainstorm new innovations.
The Lab works directly with these developers to design the innovation. Each innovation has its own study design, which defines the hypotheses, data, implementation, budget, timeline, and potential risks.
Developers test the innovation on the ground at operating mini-grid sites, and share consumption, revenue, cost, and other prototype-specific data with the Lab. The Lab independently conducts baseline and end line surveys with a sample of customers.
ANALYZE AND SHARE
The Lab analyzes the data from field tests, customer surveys, and mini-grid financials to understand the innovation’s impact on key business model drivers, and publishes the findings in its Innovation Insights series, made publicly available through CrossBoundary’s website for free to the entire sector.
For promising innovations, the Lab refines the innovation based on findings from data and feedback from developers.
Once proven, the Lab identifies the technology, funding, operational capabilities, government support, and relationships developers need to successfully integrate the innovation into their standard operations, and brings in partners to meet those needs.