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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...

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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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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...

Factor[e] Presents at the BASE Forum International Conference in Mexico City

| Jun 14, 2015

FACTOR[e]’s Jason Prapas and Rahul Barua recently had the opportunity to attend and present at...

Factor[e]’s Jason Prapas presents at the 2nd Annual BoP Global Network Summit in Burlington, Vermont

| Jun 10, 2015

FACTOR[e]’s Chief Technology Officer, Jason Prapas attended the 2nd Annual BoP Global Network Summit in...

Factor[e] and MIT Launch the Factor[e] Energy for Development Prize

| Jun 09, 2015

The MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) is the largest student-oriented energy competition in the nation,...

Article - Stanford Energy Journal

Making The Connection: 1.3 Billion People Without Power

| Oct 10, 2014

Originally published in the Stanford Energy Journal.  


Portfolio News

SparkMeter Team Testing at Factor[e] Ventures HQ

| Oct 06, 2014

Factor[e] Ventures was happy to host the SparkMeter team and pitch in on an intense...

Lightning Hybrids Shipping Pilot System to India

| Sep 10, 2014

Lightning Hybrids is preparing a pilot system for shipment to India over the next few...