Enable | Digital

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Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Digital Communication / ICTs, Life Sciences and Health
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Enable has identified a significant problem in a highly underserved market: IT solutions for impact ventures in emerging
markets.  In order to access the market, Enable has developed both a set of innovative technologies as well as a solid project methodology, leading to
great initial customer uptake. Implementing this technology allows clean energy companies to aggressively grow and reach
their goals, which in turn has a significant impact on CO2 emissions.


The challenge and market opportunity 90% of impact ventures report that IT is a major bottleneck to their growth.
The average start-up is using seven applications,leading to inefficiencies and poor internal data flows.
The lack of specialised solutions providers results in impact ventures failing or – at best – not realizing their full potential.
In 2017, enable|digital was founded by Persistent and Shell Foundation to address this market gap,
bringing together years of venture building experience and a team of seasoned, passionate
technology specialists.

Company and Team

enable|digital was founded with a mission to bring the best IT solutions to impact ventures in emerging markets. The firm is
currently present in Zurich and Barcelona, with the target to open an office in Africa in 2019. Enable brings together a team
of seasoned, passionate technology specialists, with extensive experience across operational, financial and technical aspects.

Value proposition

Enable’s key value proposition is to bring digital technology to companies in emerging markets to track loans, manage assets,
run operations and service customers. The key technical insights that Enable brings to its customers are the concept and
value of application networks and the specific technical innovation on how to make them work at a level that is affordable for
impact ventures.
Enable helps customers to build an application network, which consists of best-in-class, fit-for-purpose desktop and mobile
applications which provide key business functionalities (e.g. CRM, inventory management, finance and accounting, etc.).
These applications must be connected through an intelligent backbone that transfers information, connects to external
services such as messaging or payments and hosts relevant business logic. As part of its application network offering, Enable
offers a set of in-house developed solutions, optimized for the use case of rural areas of emerging markets: