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Factor[e] Ventures selected for ImpactAssets’ Tenth “IA 50 Impact Fund” Listing

Impact Assets | Feb 24, 2021

ImpactAssets has released the ImpactAssets 50 2021 (IA 50), a free online database for impact investors, family...

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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...

Cold Storage Solution Kenya

Article - NextBillion

Minigrids and Cold Storage Are a Match Made in Sustainable Development Heaven – So What’s Keeping Them Apart?

Silverman & Chaplin | Jan 27, 2021

This article was first published on NextBillion. The minigrid sector faces a perpetual dilemma. Most...

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...

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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...



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...