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S4S Technologies

Investment Announcement

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

| Nov 13, 2020

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



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...

Rural Electrification

Thought Piece

Looking Beyond Appliances: Systemic Barriers to Minigrid Demand Stimulation

Jit Bhattacharya - Factor[e] Principal | Sep 24, 2020

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


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

Paul Sohi - Autodesk | Sep 23, 2020

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

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Recent Posts

Article - Stanford Innovation Review

In Defense of “Doing Too Much”

| 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

| 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

| 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!

| Feb 15, 2018

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

A Simple Machine Changes Lives of Farmers in Rural Maharashtra!

| Oct 09, 2017

By: Atreya Pal “Ten years ago, I could not even believe that I would be an...

Waste-to-Value Pilot for Livelihood Improvement in Gujarat

| Oct 09, 2017

Waste-to-Value Pilot for Livelihood Improvement in Gujarat in Partnership with Tata Trusts and Factor[e] Ventures...

The Problem with Productive Use Appliances

| Oct 09, 2017

*For an update on what we’re doing in this area, please see this post.* “The minigrid...

Crofarm Factor[e] Ventures

Factor[e] Ventures and Crofarm Announces Partnership!

| Sep 27, 2017

Factor[e] Ventures is excited to announce our first Indian investment with agriculture technology firm, Crofarm....

Preserving Produce: Factor[e] Presents ColdHubs

| Sep 13, 2016

Factor[e] Ventures welcomes another promising company to its portfolio. ColdHubs founder Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu’s foray into...

Portfolio News

Redavia Achieves Financial Milestone

| Sep 13, 2016

Efforts to bring low-cost energy to some of Africa’s poorest countries just got a major...

SparkMeter Ups Impact Potential Through Mobile Money Integration

| Sep 13, 2016

Factor[e] portfolio company, SparkMeter, offers a metering solution to energy providers in underserved markets. We welcomed...

No Wasted Opportunities: Factor[e] Presents Sistema Biobolsa

| Sep 13, 2016

Factor[e] Ventures is excited to announce investment in a new portfolio company. Meet Alexander Eaton...

Factor[e] Opinion

Rural electrification: Time to get messy?

| Sep 13, 2016

The story goes that Franklin D Roosevelt first took an interest in rural electrification while...

Factor[e] Hosts New Portfolio Companies For Venture Bootcamp

| Mar 08, 2016

FACTOR[e] recently welcomed our two new portfolio companies ColdHubs and Sistema Biobolsa to Fort Collins for our venture bootcamp,...

Factor[e] Sponsors the 2015 Northeast Regional USA Engineers Without Borders Conference

| Nov 13, 2015

FACTOR[e]’s Graduate Assistant, Tom Decker recently co-coordinated his alma mater’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) USA...

Jason Prapas discusses investing in social technology ventures at the MIT Tata Center Symposium

| Oct 06, 2015

I had the pleasure of participating in the MIT Tata Center Symposium last week. This...