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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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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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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...

Investment Announcement

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

| Sep 27, 2019

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


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...


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....


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

| 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

| 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

| 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”

| 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...