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oikos Case Quarterly: Energy | Issue 9, March 2013

The topic of our Winter 2013 issue is energy. In this issue we present three cases relating in different ways to the core topic.Two out of the three cases come from the oikos online case collection and the third one is provided by the SEKN Network. Additionally we count on the collaboration of Professor Debapratim Purkayastha (IBS Hyderabad, India) who shares his learnings and experiences on ... »

Nuru Energy

Case Abstract


Nuru Energy is a social venture that was created in 2008 by an MBA graduate with five years experience in the development sector. The entrepreneur starts from nothing, bootstrapping a social venture with the ambitious goal of providing affordable and effective lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electric grid in sub-Saharan Africa and Indi ... »

How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa

Case Abstract


Since September 2008 OSRAM runs a social business following the triple bottom line, which means that it has to be socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. The project, which provides light to regions that do not have power supply systems, was initiated at the Lake Victoria in Kenya. Using the latest technology and a totally new business model OSRAM is able ... »