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Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN) Webinar Series: Getting Clean-tech Entrepreneurs Market Ready: the path from prototype to market

Successful clean-tech entrepreneurs must operate at the nexus of cutting edge innovation and cost-efficient business. However, particularly in nascent ecosystems, entrepreneurs do not have access to the expertise necessary to determine the innovation level, value proposition, or appropriate business model for their green technology. Moreover, business incubators, also have limited technical capacity to provide process, product, and production engineering assistance to help clean-tech entrepreneurs make their products market ready. A product and engineering review program can guide entrepreneurs through customer research, hardware validation, manufacturing optimization, etc. However, like many things in the cleantech entrepreneurship space, it is easier said than done. What approach is successful, scalable, and replicable? How relevant is product type to innovation success? What is the most appropriate way to benchmark very early stage innovations and enterprises? Are there enough local partners and experts in developing countries to sustain such efforts? The webinar will answer some of these questions while discussing the Design and Engineering Review pilot provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to a clean-tech incubator, the Morocco Climate Innovation Center (MCIC) that ran from May to October 2018. MCIC staff and entrepreneurs will speak to their experiences. For information on CBIN’s Webinar Series please contact Task Team Leader Elaine Tinsley (, and Susannah Horton (

About the Presenters

Iana Aranda

Iana Aranda is the President of Engineering for Change, LLC (E4C) - a knowledge organization and global community of over 1 million individuals dedicated to design and delivery of essential technologies for underserved communities. In this role, she is driving an agenda for a multidisciplinary and human-centered approach to international development enabled by technology, cross-sector partnerships, innovation ecosystems and engineering workforce development. Iana has 15 years of experience in academic, research and nonprofit sectors focusing on the intersection of engineering design, business strategy and social impact. Her unique professional background has enabled her to be a knowledge broker and global connector with networks extending across science, technology, education, and global development sectors.

Fatima Khalifa

Fatima-Zahra has a rich experience in Business development and expertise in the renewable energy sector in Morocco. She graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris (Ecole Supérieure des sciences économiques et sociales). Fatima Zahra joined the Solar Cluster- MCIC as General Manager in 2017. Before that, she spent many years working abroad before coming back to Morocco. She was Brand manager at Procter and Gamble in Paris then at Nestlé in Londres. After that, she held the position of Business development manager at Bansard International in Shanghai. In 2010, Fatima-Zahra joined a renown consulting firm Valyans Consulting in Casablanca as manager where she mainly supported Masen –Moroccan Agency for sustainable Energy- in the implementation of the Solar Plan in Morocco.

Fatima Zahra Beraich

Fatima Zahra Beraich, Engineer and Doctor of State in Industrial Processes and Environment of the Hassan First University of Settat, founder of Biodome due Maroc, specialized in the construction of biogas and composting facilities. She is the recipient of various grants including from Solar Cluster and Switcher. Fatima was awarded a prize at COP22 2016 for Global Clean Technology Innovation Program Women Entrepreneur and in 2018, the best woman entrepreneur of the year by the prime minister of Morocco. The Biodome solution is a biogas production system using agricultural wastes. The target customers are farmers having a small “cheptel”. To achieve this we optimized the technology of fermentation to improve its efficiency and reliability. This process works in three steps: selection of a bacterial mix dedicated to fermentation, development of an electronic controller, and improvement of the gas production process.

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Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.

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good job


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