Jay Patel

Co-Founder - The Enlight Institute and Village Energy



Jay Patel is the Co-founder and CEO of Enlight Institute, a startup focused on data-driven skill development for the off-grid solar industry by working with solar companies to solve their human capital needs through last-mile solar trainings and skill assessments for youth in rural Uganda. He is also the Co-Founder at Village Energy, a Ugandan solar last-mile distributor focused on productive use of energy: custom solar installations for rural businesses, institutions & agriculture that enable improved incomes, job creation, & access to services. Prior to moving to Uganda in 2015, he spent 5 years at Google in advertising sales, marketing and operations. Jay is a 2017 Acumen East Africa Fellow, 2018 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awardee, and City Year alumni with years of experience tutoring & mentoring inner city youth. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics in Political Science, and is currently based in New York.