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60Hertz raises seed funding from Impact Investor Factor[e] Ventures

We’re thrilled to announce another addition to our portfolio of microgrid technology companies that are improving access to energy for the people who need it most. Read the full press release here.

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Factor[e] Co-hosted An Impactful Investor Forum in Kenya

Factor[e] Co-hosted An Impactful Investor Forum in Kenya
Factor[e] Ventures recently co-hosted an Investor Forum in Nairobi, Kenya alongside EEP Africa and the Shell Foundation. The event brought together high-quality clean energy companies in Africa and key stakeholders in the impact investing space. We are confident that the conversations that took place, as well as the connections that were made, will result in positive outcomes in the future. Factor[e] portfolio companies in attendance: Ampersand Solar Ferntech Sistema.bio SparkMeter More details about the Investor Forum can be found here.

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Redesigning S4S’ Solar Conduction Dryer to Further Empower Rural Farmers in India

Recently Factor[e] and portfolio company S4S Technologies took on the challenge of redesigning their patented solar conduction dryer technology. The goal was to reduce production cost, simplify the manufacturing and assembly processes and add functionality to the technology in preparation for a substantial increase in production. A solar conduction dryer (or SCD) is a solar-powered food dehydrator using natural conduction as a primary heat transfer mode and secondary modes of convection and radiation to reduce moisture content within agri-produce. This allows farmers ...

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Impact Metrics… Strategy or Storytelling?

As early-stage impact investors, we at Factor[e] Ventures are often asked how we measure an investment’s impact. What are the metrics that we use? How can we determine if a venture is worthy of the limited risk capital available in the impact sector? Can an investment start out as high-impact and then stray from the mission? We’d like to argue that looking at metrics after the fact is likely the least effective way to answer these questions, and that, in fact, the best way to measure impact is to start by understanding an investor’s intention. At our core, ...

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Income Generating Appliances Study: Results and Video

Powering income generating appliances with high-penetration renewable energy systems is not straightforward. To tackle this challenge, we’re conducting a research effort to learn more about income generating appliances and their use in emerging markets. Watch this short video to learn more about our work, or click here to view a PowerPoint slide deck about our findings : In late 2017, we highlighted some of the challenges surrounding income-generating appliances in the blog post titled "The Problem with Productive Use Appliances". In 2018, we conducted primary ...

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Solar Water Pump Market Sizing with Apollo Agriculture

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With the help of our portfolio company, Apollo Agriculture, we recently developed research methods to study the market potential for solar pumps among smallholder farmers in developing countries. The objective of this study was to provide both visual and quantitative representations of the potential for solar pump sales among Apollo Agriculture’s customer base.The methods we established can be applied to identify high potential solar irrigation markets around the world. Irrigation of arable land has the potential to boost crop yield and enable cultivation of the same ...

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In Defense of “Doing Too Much”

Seth Silverman Principal and Director of Africa Operations at Factor[e] Ventures recently wrote the following excerpt and the full-length article titled In Defense of "Doing Too Much" first appearing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: "The story goes like this: An impact investor considers a new social venture’s grand vision and feels moved. The entrepreneur persuades the investor that the company is worthwhile, highlighting the novelty of its approach: new technology and a new method rooted in meeting customers where they are. The venture has demonstrated ...

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Entrepreneur in Residence – East Africa

Factor[e] Venture’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program seeks to empower East African entrepreneurs through support in the development of investable impact ventures by providing early-stage funding. This program is generously supported by Bohemian Impact Investments, LLC. We are looking for a hard-working, creative, technically-savvy, passionate, and visionary East African entrepreneur committed to building a venture in partnership with Factor[e]. The EIR program extends over a period of 6 months. During that time, the EIR will be tasked to follow lean startup ...

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