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 innovations. From technology advising and product development to business plan and fund raising efforts, we help ventures navigate through their early stages, and prepare for growth. Working alongside these entrepreneurs as co-developers, we highlight value and offset risk to enable businesses to scale and fulfill their potential to deliver global impact.
Leading renewable energy in Africa to light homes, power small businesses, and expand opportunities
ZOLA Electric, formerly known as Off-Grid Electric, is a leading renewable energy brand in Africa that powers more than 180,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. They specialize in solar and battery systems that can be purchased by customers using micro-finance, PAYGo leasing, and mobile money payments. With R&D operations based in Silicon Valley, ZOLA continuously innovates using the latest technology in solar, battery and power electronics to provide exceptional electricity services to its customers across Africa.
Mass-market electric mobility to drive Africa forward
Ampersand makes motorcycles that are better, cheaper, and just so happen to be electric. East Africa's 3 million motorcycles combine to take a round-trip journey to the sun each day. Along with minibuses, these two-wheelers are the backbone of mass-mobility on the continent. An electric bike, fit for market and ruggedized for context, can out-compete the incumbent petrol vehicles today. Ampersand sells such a bike at a competitive price to motorcycle taxi drivers; a high-mileage, high-impact customer base. Ampersand supports these drivers with a network of charging stations and battery swap depots, earning recurring revenue in the process. Meanwhile, the fuel savings enable taxi drivers to more-than-double their take-home income.
Web-based platform that facilitates mini-grid development in emerging markets
Odyssey’s global platform unlocks the energy access market and facilitates rapid deployment of mini-grids around the world. Designed to meet the needs of project developers, financiers, and vendors, Odyssey simplifies, streamlines, and reduces the costs of developing and financing mini-grids around the world, increasing access to electricity.
Software platform for microgrid modelling solutions
Homer has quickly become the global standard in microgrid software, employing robust optimization and sensitivity analysis algorithms to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of a large number of technology options for off-grid and grid-connected systems. HOMER’s system works on or off-grid, defining the best way to cost-effectively combine renewable systems with grid power for maximum reliability.
Small scale, off-grid power through biomass steam engine
Village Industrial Power’s robust, efficient, and economical steam engine powered by biomass-waste creates thermal, electrical, and mechanical energy to transform crops into higher value products. The unit, fueled with waste from wood to crop residues, brings on-demand clean energy access to rural farmers. These disruptive products serve the energy needs of rural communities and small-scale industries.
Rental solar powered facilities
Redavia is revolutionizing the solar marketing by delivering reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable solar energy to off-grid businesses and communities through rental agreements. This solution is invaluable in reducing fuel consumption in existing systems and in the process of setting up new grids. Flexible rental agreements and quick-to-deploy systems allow customers to conserve capital for core business needs, while retaining full operational flexibility to adapt to market changes.
Low-cost, advanced functionality metering solutions
SparkMeter’s comprehensive low-cost metering solutions make access to electricity possible in hard-to-reach places and underserved markets. The demand-side management solution brings smart grids to the base of pyramid with hardware and software that allows for remote monitoring and control of electrical service, significant reductions in non-technical losses, and a flexible billing platform.
Turning fecal sludge into an energy source
Pivot’s brilliant process converts fecal sludge into high-quality solid fuel for industrial applications. Through the monetization of waste, profitable alternatives to illegal dumping have been developed, improving sanitation services and the environment. The first pilot plant in sub-Saharan Africa greatly improves the lives and waste conditions for thousands in this region.
Sustainable biofertilizer using nitrogen-fixing microfern
The energy required to create and transport synthetic fertilizers to underdeveloped areas leads to prohibitively high costs and environmental degradation. FACTOR[e] developed Agoro to better serve the needs of farmers for sustainable fertilizer and feed. Our innovation involves an ultra-low cost system for cultivating a high-value, low maintenance biological feedstock.
Improving access to agriculture inputs through the use of satellite imagery
Apollo Agriculture is an innovative tech firm organized to improve the lives and productivity of smallholder farmers. Apollo taps into advancements in mobile devices and increased use to develop a lower transaction cost approach through remote sensing, data science, and agronomic machine learning. Apollo’s team of intelligent economists, developers, and engineers deploys these tools to help financially excluded, poor farmers increase their production.
Modular, scalable biodigestor transforms animal waste into energy
Sistema.bio is a revolutionary system that transforms the manure of animals into biogas and a potent, natural fertilizer. By inputting the manure in the system on a daily basis, farm activities develop and grow, energy security is improved, and the environment is protected.
On-grid or off-grid modular refrigerated processing facilities
InspiraFarms provides turn-key refrigerated storage solutions, client-centered technical support and affordable leases that enable small and growing agribusinesses to access emerging technology, reduce produce losses, cut energy costs, access new markets and grow sustainably – on or off-grid. !nspira Farms aims to transform the global food industry one agribusiness at a time.
Tech-enabled logistics/supply chain solution to reduce food waste in India
To reduce waste and increase price fairness, Crofarm has developed an innovative digital platform to bridge farmers with retailer markets in India. Crofarm’s solution leverages crop logistics, while empowering farmers to receive fair prices for their produce and reduces waste. The platform is bolstered by smart analytics, which allows for accurate prediction of supply and demand trends, further deepening the value proposition for farmers and retailers alike.
Rental cold storage solution for food life extension
ColdHubs is an easy-to-use modular, solar-powered walk-in cold room for 24/7 off-grid storage and preservation of perishable foods. ColdHubs units extend the life of fruits and vegetables by 2 to 21 days and provide smallholder farmers a flexible pay-as-you-store subscription model.
Engine technology solutions for commercial vehicle fleets
Lightning Systems is an automotive research and manufacturing company focused on creating fully electric vehicles for transit, while maintaining fleet efficiency. These systems, coupled with smart analytics, are designed to save fuel and reduce harmful emissions.