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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...

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...

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...

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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:...


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...

Odyssey Energy Solutions

Portfolio News

Boulder-based Odyssey Energy wins Keeling Curve Prize

Belle Raab | Jul 27, 2020

  We celebrate the achievement of our portfolio company Odyssey Energy Solutions who won the...


Article - Homer Microgrid News

60Hertz deploys its mobile O&M software – equipped with new language capabilities – to Africa and Southeast Asia

Lili Francklyn | Jul 27, 2020

60Hertz isn’t resting on the early success of its mobile app designed to improve operations...

Clean Crop Technologies

Investment Announcement

Factor[e] Invests in Clean Crop Technologies’ Next Generation Solution for Food Waste & Crop Loss

Belle Raab | Jun 08, 2020

We’re excited to announce our seed investment in Clean Crop Technologies. Press release can be found here....


Silver Linings From the Factor[e] Portfolio

| May 15, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has left no industry unaffected and we have been sobered by...

Opinion - Ventureburn

How African tech startups can pitch their story during Covid-19

Belle Raab | May 01, 2020

This article was originally published on Ventureburn. Attracting media attention to a pivotal part of...

Article - Next Billion

The Clock is Ticking on Energy Access: Exploring Factor[e] Ventures’ Big Bet on Mini-Grids

Amanda DelCore | Mar 06, 2020

Since 2010, the number of people without energy access has decreased from almost 1.2 billion...

Jit Bhattacharya

Hiring Announcement

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Joins Impact Investing Firm Factor[e] Ventures

Belle Raab | Nov 19, 2019

Jit Bhattacharya to lead investments into energy and mobility solutions in the emerging markets. Press...