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Insights From the Field

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

Featured Posts

Factor[e] Ventures Pitch Day

Event

Register to Attend the Factor[e] Portfolio Pitch Day

Belle Raab | Sep 01, 2020

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

Rural Electrification

Thought Piece

Systemic Barriers to Stimulating Electricity Demand in African Off-Grid Energy

Jit Bhattacharya | Sep 24, 2020

Minigrids in Africa face a fundamental challenge to achieving commercial viability: low-income, rural customers consume...

Article

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

Autodesk | Sep 23, 2020

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

SparkMeter

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 Metrics

Investments
Made

20

Portfolio Operating
Countries

44

Customers Served

65k+

Sustainable Livelihoods
Improved

1M+

Greenhouse Gas
Emission Reduction

392k+

Metric Tons

Recent Posts

Odyssey Energy Solutions

Portfolio News

Boulder-based Odyssey Energy wins Keeling Curve Prize

Boulder Daily Camera | Jul 27, 2020

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

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....

Article

Silver Linings From the Factor[e] Portfolio

Belle Raab | May 15, 2020

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

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

admin-factore | Nov 19, 2019

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

Investment Announcement

60Hertz Raises Seed Funding from Impact Investor Factor[e] Ventures

Belle Raab | Sep 27, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce another addition to our portfolio of microgrid technology companies that are...

Article

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

Jordan Westerberg | Aug 06, 2019

Recently Factor[e] and portfolio company S4S Technologies took on the challenge of redesigning their patented...

Opinion

Impact Metrics… Strategy or Storytelling?

Morgan DeFoort | Jul 30, 2019

As early-stage impact investors, we at Factor[e] Ventures are often asked how we measure an investment’s impact....

Event

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

Belle Raab | Apr 23, 2019

Factor[e] Ventures recently co-hosted an Investor Forum in Nairobi, Kenya alongside EEP Africa and the...

Research Insights

Income Generating Appliances Study: Results and Video

Amanda DelCore | Jan 10, 2019

Powering income generating appliances with high-penetration renewable energy systems is not straightforward. To tackle this...

Research Insights

Solar Water Pump Market Sizing with Apollo Agriculture

admin-factore | Dec 13, 2018

With the help of our portfolio company, Apollo Agriculture, we recently developed research methods to study...

Factor[e] Field Trip: Hands-On Look at Pump Applications

admin-factore | Dec 10, 2018

Getting our hands dirty is fundamental to work at Factor[e]. We find immense benefit in,...

Article - Stanford Innovation Review

In Defense of “Doing Too Much”

Seth Silverman | Mar 28, 2018

Seth Silverman Principal and Director of Africa Operations at Factor[e] Ventures recently wrote the following excerpt...

Entrepreneur in Residence – East Africa

admin-factore | Mar 05, 2018

Factor[e] Venture’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program seeks to empower East African entrepreneurs through support...

Income Generating Appliances: Data Collection and Research

admin-factore | Feb 21, 2018

In an earlier blog post, we indicated that powering income generating appliances with high-penetration renewable energy...

Looking for Sanitation Innovation? Urine Luck!

admin-factore | Feb 15, 2018

Today, 2.4 billion people around the world lack access to improved sanitation services and over...