BluPrints Selected for POWERED Accelerator Programme by Shell Foundation & DFID, India
Aug 01, 2018
BluPrints under the leadership of Ms Kavita Aggarwal was recently selected to be a part of POWERED Accelerator - a first of its kind women entrepreneurship programme focused on twin Sustainable Development Goals of Energy and Diversity.
POWERED Accelerator was launched in April this year by DFID India, Shell Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and Zone Startups India with the objective to support female-led ventures, the goal being to empower women-owned and managed businesses in the energy space. Powered Accelerator will work towards strengthening the ecosystem for more women-owned and managed businesses across the energy value chain.
BluPrints Contribution to support the energy value chain by providing the last mile connect for electricity billing:
India’s vision to achieve ‘24x7 Power for All’ by the year 2022 and push on digitalization has driven the ecosystem towards a massive change and growth. The core of the vision is to provide access to energy across the country, there are various factors & changes that are enabling this vision.
One of the major factors that have encouraged the DISCOMS to deepen as well as improve their supply is owing to digitalization of billing process which has triggered a cut down in their financial losses (non-technical losses).
In a market like India where regulations are still evolving, the urban segment is already moving to digital payments but the rural segment comprising 66.5% of country's total population is still in transition. Majority of the nation is still relying on offline utility bill payments modes. The offline electricity billing has been revamped and build solutions to make the process easy and reliable thus enabling fast transactions and provide adequate protection to customer’s money.
Keeping the market need for automation of offline bill collection process in mind BluPrints easy to use mobile printers was designed with the feature set specifically for use by DISCOMs to support “on the spot” receipt generation solution - a quick, hassle-free proof of payment. BluPrints Handheld Receipt printers compatible with any device: be it any kind of phone or tab, makes it easy & convenient for the door to door bill collection by providing an essential link to facility the proof of receipt in Tier II/ III and rural areas once linked to the DISCOMS billing application.
The use of our devices in this process has not only financially benefited the utilities to increase their collections but also ensure timely payments & reduced miscommunication regarding late payments. The cut down in losses has, in turn, encouraged Power Distribution companies to supply to more customers – increase their reach.
These universal devices, in fact, support all kinds of billing applications being used in India for recording the data, generating the bill and enabling instant update of company's record by the application.
BluPrints, a part of Make in India initiative is committed to providing global quality-made in India product range designed as per changing market needs. Our thermal printers are being used in various e-governance projects such as e challan, water/municipal bills, Financial Inclusion, smart parking, health care centres/camps. We are very proud to be an active enabler and participant in the current movement towards “Better India”
BluPrints is thankful to DFID India, Shell Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and Zone Startups India for selecting us from amongst more than 130 women entrepreneurs who are doing phenomenal work in their field of work. BluPrints appreciates this opportunity & support.