Insights from the Field

A collection of articles, news, and thought pieces to keep you informed.

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The State of the Sector: On Productive Partnerships and Leveraging Unique Resources toward a Global Climate Transition

Factor[e] Ventures | Jul 06, 2023

“If we want to reach SDG 7, in Africa alone, you need around $69B. That...


Thinking Outside the Ice-box: The Opportunity to Combat Food Waste in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Single Point of Dehydration

Factor[e] Ventures | Apr 26, 2023

  Cold chain infrastructure for agricultural produce still has a long way to go in...


The State of the Sector: On Gender and Water Access in Africa

Factor[e] Ventures | Dec 05, 2022

"In emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of the population are smallholder farmers,...


Integrated Utilities: An Opportunity to Tackle Large-Scale Urban Poverty in Africa

Factor[e] Ventures | Sep 22, 2022

In this report, Factor[e] details our exploration of the economic viability of integrating utilities into...

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Tenbite Ermias Joins Factor E as Partner to Bolster Firm’s Global Investment Operations

| Apr 04, 2024

[Fort Collins, CO] – Factor E, a leading impact investment firm focused on technology-driven solutions...


We should be crying over spilled milk: Innovative food preservation technologies and smart business models urgently need to scale to meet challenges in Africa.

Factor[e] Ventures | Sep 23, 2022

This article was originally published on Medium. Approximately ⅓ of the food produced in the...

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Thought Piece

Catalytic Investing in Emerging Markets

Jamie Doyen | Dec 17, 2020

In emerging markets, big opportunities are disguised as challenges. We need more entrepreneurs focused on...

Demand Modeling


The Opportunity for Productive Agriculture Activities to Strengthen the Commercial Performance of Community Minigrids

Factor[e] Ventures | Dec 14, 2020

This report details a modeling exercise that quantifies the benefit of cold storage for minigrid...

Ag Energy Nexus

Article - NextBillion

The Nexus of Agriculture and Energy in Africa: Five Lessons for Bridging the Ag-Energy Gap

Silverman & Chaplin | Dec 11, 2020

This article was originally published on NextBillion. Even as the continent urbanizes rapidly, Africa’s economies...

Biogas adapted engine for chuff cutter


The Opportunity at the Nexus of Energy and Agriculture

Factor[e] Ventures | Dec 01, 2020

This report includes research and insights derived from a program led by Factor[e] Ventures to...



Factor[e] contributes engineering and industrial design expertise to demonstrate a cost-effective way to disinfect personal protective equipment in Kenya

Belle Raab | Nov 19, 2020

Factor[e] Ventures exists to create positive impact in emerging markets. Under typical circumstances, this means...

S4S Technologies

Investment Announcement

Factor[e] Ventures Provides Follow-on Funding to S4S Technologies in a USD1.75 Million Pre-Series A Round

Factor[e] Ventures | Nov 13, 2020

Factor[e] Ventures first invested in S4S Technologies during their seed round in December of 2018....

News - The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation Commits USD1 billion to Catalyze a Green Recovery from Pandemic

The Rockefeller Foundation | Oct 26, 2020

Driving public-private investment, transformative solutions, and a more inclusive, sustainable future Launching next chapter for...

Rural Electrification

Thought Piece

Looking Beyond Appliances: Systemic Barriers to Minigrid Demand Stimulation

Jit Bhattacharya | Sep 24, 2020

Factor[e] Ventures is an early-stage venture builder focused on technology investments in energy access, agriculture,...

Article - Autodesk

A Conversation With Factor[e] Ventures’ Industrial Design Lead Jordan Westerberg

Paul Sohi | Sep 23, 2020

The original article can be found on the Autodesk website. Author: Paul Sohi Freelance designers:...

Factor[e] Ventures Pitch Day


Register to Attend the Factor[e] Portfolio Pitch Day

Factor[e] Admin | Sep 01, 2020

Factor[e] Ventures is hosting a (virtual) Pitch Day on October 6th showcasing their pre-Series A...


Portfolio News

SparkMeter Closes $12 Million Series A Financing

Belle Raab | Aug 25, 2020

Factor[e] celebrates the success of portfolio company, SparkMeter, who reached a major milestone this past...


Portfolio News

Crofarm’s Otipy Raises $1M in Funding from Inflection Point Ventures

Belle Raab | Aug 25, 2020

Portfolio Company, Crofarm, made a pivot to enter the B2B2C space with its social commerce...

Article - Homer Microgrid News

Mini-grid Remote Monitoring and Control Delivers Cost-Saving Improvements in O&M

Lili Francklyn | Aug 18, 2020

This article was originally published on Homer Microgrid News. A hybrid distributed energy system is...

Alex Eaton

Portfolio News Celebrates 10 Years of Creating Impact

Belle Raab | Aug 17, 2020

 "We go forth with a simple truth that humans can thrive within our ecosystems and...