Our Mission

Our mission is to improve lives in the developing world through increased access to sustainable energy and related services. We believe that technology can be a profound driver of positive impact, and we work closely with early stage entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into market-based solutions.

Team Members

Morgan DeFoort

Managing Principal
Dr. Morgan DeFoort is the co-founder and Managing Principal of Factor[e] ...

Tim Sherwood

Principal
Tim Sherwood is a Principal at Factor[e] Ventures. Tim’s primary responsibi...

Seth Silverman

Principal
Seth Silverman seeks tractable solutions to knotty problems and is passionate ...

Faith Chege

Associate
Faith Chege is the East African Venture Associate at FACTOR[e] Ventures. She is ...

Jamie Doyen

Director of Finance
Jamie Doyen is the Director of Finance at Factor[e] Ventures. Jamie’s primary ...

Amanda DelCore

Associate
Amanda is an Associate at FACTOR[e] Ventures. She applies her scientific ...

Anshul Rathi

Associate
Anshul is a highly trained engineer from India. Soon after engineering, he ran ...

Jordan Westerberg

Industrial Design Lead
Jordan Westerberg is an industrial designer specializing in design for manufa...

Belle Raab

Platform Manager
Belle is the Platform Manager at Factor[e] Ventures. Belle’s primary roles ...

Tom Chaplin

Project Manager
Tom is an emerging market specialist based in London. He is focused on funding ...

Nick Goddard

Venture Partner
Nick Goddard trained to Chartered status as both a scientist and an engineer ...

Kartik Desai

Venture Partner
Kartik leads Asha Impact, an impact investing and policy advocacy organization ...

Board of Directors

Mark Loch

Chairman
Mark Loch is a Director Emeritus at McKinsey and Company where he helped ...

Sam Parker

Board Member
After graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam worked for six years in ...

Paul Gunstensen

Board Member
Paul is the Stone Family Foundation’s Director of WASH and has been working ...

Factor[e] Advisory Board

Bryan Willson

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Bryan Willson is a professor of mechanical engineering and Director of ...
Kelsey Lynn Skinner - Factor[e] Board of Directors

Kelsey Lynn-Skinner

Advisory Board Member
Kelsey Lynn-Skinner, Partner and Director of Tech Ventures at Touchstone ...
Samir - Factor[e] Board of Directors

Samir Shah

Advisory Board Member
Samir Shah, Director of Sattva Investment Fund, has worked in global financial ...
Rex O'Neal - Factor[e] Board of Directors

Rex O'Neal

Advisory Board Member
Rex O'Neal is a corporate lawyer and Partner at Sage Law Group, specializing in ...

Emma Miller

Advisory Board Member
Emma Miller joined Shell Foundation in September 2015 and is working across the ...

Lisa Conibear

Advisory Board Member
Lisa, joined Shell Foundation in 2015 as a member of the Programme Team focused ...

Jordan Broadbent

Advisory Board Member
Jordan works across Shell Foundation’s Access to Energy and Sustainable ...
Robert Trezona

Robert Trezona

Advisory Board Member
Robert Trezona is an investor in clean technology hardware businesses based on ...

Tim Heidel

Advisory Board Member
Tim has focused much of his career on accelerating the development and adoption ...

The Challenge

Energy is critical to sustainable development; it affects all aspects of life including health, education, income generation and community services, yet approximately one third of the world’s population lacks access to this fundamental resource. Every day, critical thinkers around the world are exploring business ideas to tackle this challenge but face an uphill struggle to bring these concepts to market, as investing in new, unproven technologies carries high risk and very often little support in underdeveloped markets.

1.1 billion

people live without electricity

2.4 billion

people lack access to basic sanitation

Over 90%

of urban air pollution in emerging markets can be attributed to vehicle emissions

Over half

of the world's 500 million small holder farmers lack access to modern energy solutions

Why Northern Colorado?

A Unique Environment.

Stretching from Denver to Fort Collins, Northern Colorado has become a destination hub for entrepreneurs and technology centric ventures. Starting in 1960, Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins was contracted to perform a feasibility study for John F. Kennedy’s idea for an international service organization, from which the idea of the U.S. Peace Corp was created. Learn More

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