Fund­ing Database

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Here you can find select­ed donors, investors and lenders with dif­fer­ent financ­ing offers for African ener­gy star­tups and their projects. 
The data­base does not claim to be exhaus­tive, but con­tains the most impor­tant fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for African ener­gy startups.

Fund­ing Type
Through 1to4’s GiftVest® pro­gramme, ear­ly stage social busi­ness­es are pro­vid­ed with seed cap­i­tal to start out on their jour­ney to pro­vide access to prod­ucts and ser­vices for low-income fam­i­lies in devel­op­ing countries. 
We invest in com­pa­nies that have sig­nif­i­cant oper­a­tions or impact with­in East Africa, West Africa, India, Pak­istan, Latin Amer­i­ca, or the Unit­ed States. Our glob­al invest­ment focus sec­tors are Ener­gy, Agri­cul­ture, Health, and Edu­ca­tion. We invest in seed- to ear­ly-stage social enter­pris­es and seek to invest in enter­pris­es that pro­vide a prod­uct or deliv­er a ser­vice that address­es a crit­i­cal need for the poor. 
AECF (Africa Enter­prise Chal­lenge Fund) is a non-prof­it devel­op­ment organ­i­sa­tion that sup­ports inno­v­a­tive enter­pris­es in the agribusi­ness and renew­able ener­gy sec­tors. We finance high risk busi­ness­es that strug­gle to access com­mer­cial fund­ing; we are com­mit­ted to work­ing in fron­tier mar­kets, frag­ile con­texts, and high-risk economies where few main­stream financ­ing insti­tu­tions dare to go. Our world-class advi­sors help busi­ness­es with sim­ple, bespoke and prac­ti­cal advice. 
AEV’s incu­ba­tion and ear­ly stage invest­ment mod­el is a hands-on invest­ment approach. AEV seeks inno­v­a­tive, high growth invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties in busi­ness­es that have the poten­tial to become sig­nif­i­cant region­al play­ers. AEV has devel­oped an inno­v­a­tive busi­ness mod­el backed by on-the-ground financiers and entre­pre­neurs who have a strong track record of build­ing busi­ness­es in the region. 
We make minor­i­ty equi­ty, qua­si-equi­ty and debt invest­ments in com­pa­nies led by world-class teams tak­ing inno­v­a­tive approach­es to solv­ing big prob­lems in our sec­tors of focus. We look for high­ly com­mer­cial busi­ness mod­els where increased scale cre­ates increased impact. 
Akili believes that the future is African, and while the con­ti­nent is full of entre­pre­neurs and hus­tle, it lacks some of the sys­tems, process­es, and busi­ness infra­struc­ture. Akili empow­ers African entre­pre­neurs and oper­a­tors, bring­ing them some of the best prod­uct, design and devel­op­ment exper­tise in the world, and the know-how to effi­cient­ly build new ven­tures through cus­tomer devel­op­ment, val­i­da­tion, exper­i­men­ta­tion, pro­to­typ­ing, recruit­ing, go-to-mar­ket, and sales. 
AlphaMun­di pro­vides debt and equi­ty financ­ing to scal­able impact ven­tures across sec­tors includ­ing Finan­cial Inclu­sion, Sus­tain­able Food and Renew­able Ener­gy. AlphaMun­di cur­rent­ly man­ages the SocialAl­pha Invest­ment Fund (SAIF) SICAV-SIF domi­ciled in Lux­em­bourg, and the Alpha­Jiri Fund LP domi­ciled in Mauritius. 
Ari­go Ven­tures focus­es on ear­ly-stage invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties using a mix of own funds and investor cap­i­tal for equi­ty in a myr­i­ad of indus­tries. Whilst not a pre-req­ui­site, we aim to part­ner with founders in the ear­ly stage of their ini­tia­tive and find com­fort with the rough imper­fec­tion of a new venture. 
We sup­port ear­ly-stage star­tups with seed or Series A fund­ing to de-risk and scale solu­tions focused on health and resilience, ener­gy and mate­ri­als, and work and pros­per­i­ty. We strive to cat­alyze the growth of our port­fo­lio through a com­bi­na­tion of finan­cial cap­i­tal and in-kind sup­port. We align our cap­i­tal with out­comes, sup­port­ing both non­prof­it and for-prof­it enti­ties around the world. 
Bam­boo Cap­i­tal Part­ners is an impact invest­ing plat­form which pro­vides inno­v­a­tive financ­ing solu­tions to busi­ness­es in emerg­ing mar­kets serv­ing the needs of low- and mid­dle income pop­u­la­tions, thus catalysing last­ing impact. We bridge the gap between seed and growth stage fund­ing through a full suite of finance options – from debt to equi­ty – which we acti­vate uni­lat­er­al­ly or through strate­gic partnerships. 
The main pri­or­i­ty of the BESTSELLER Foun­da­tion is to help tack­le one of the biggest chal­lenges of our time — how to reduce waste, how to reuse and recy­cle valu­able resources. And how to find eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable oppor­tu­ni­ty in doing so — that also cre­ate bet­ter jobs and oppor­tu­ni­ties. These efforts are cur­rent­ly focused on pro­vid­ing ear­ly-stage cap­i­tal for (aspir­ing) cir­cu­lar econ­o­my ven­tures in Sub-Saha­ran Africa. 
We invest in seed-stage social enter­pris­es serv­ing impov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties through­out India and East Africa. As a Swiss-Amer­i­can non-prof­it all invest­ment pro­ceeds are re-invest­ed over time. Our biggest strength is the breadth and qual­i­ty of our own team. We have expe­ri­ence across asset man­age­ment, ven­ture law, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, cor­po­rate restruc­tur­ing, and invest­ment bank­ing industries. 
When invest­ing, Blue Haven seeks to put cap­i­tal to work in high­ly pro­duc­tive ways: help­ing mis­sion-dri­ven projects and com­pa­nies achieve scale, sup­port­ing entre­pre­neurs whose inno­va­tions spur change, and part­ner­ing with oth­er investors to accel­er­ate eco­nom­ic progress. 
Charm was estab­lished to help mit­i­gate two of the great­est chal­lenges fac­ing our gen­er­a­tion: com­bat­ing cli­mate change and achiev­ing uni­ver­sal access to clean and afford­able ener­gy. Our mis­sion is to empow­er entre­pre­neurs in some of the tough­est envi­ron­ments to scale their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions and make a mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence for the world. 
D‑Prize seeds new ven­tures scal­ing access to evi­dence-based pover­ty inter­ven­tions. Many solu­tions to pover­ty already exist. The chal­lenge is dis­trib­ut­ing to the peo­ple who need them most. Our work iden­ti­fies effec­tive inter­ven­tions, then acti­vates new entre­pre­neurs to scale deliv­ery where dis­tri­b­u­tion gaps exist. 
DWM com­bines the expe­ri­ence, rig­or and resources of an estab­lished insti­tu­tion­al investor with the pas­sion and cre­ativ­i­ty of mis­sion-aligned invest­ing. The result is pio­neer­ing solu­tions that simul­ta­ne­ous­ly address investors’ finan­cial needs and the needs of the devel­op­ing world. 
We invest in busi­ness­es that pos­i­tive­ly con­tribute to a more social and sus­tain­able soci­ety and deliv­er long-term prof­itabil­i­ty. We work with entre­pre­neurs to mit­i­gate poten­tial risks relat­ed to envi­ron­men­tal, social and gov­er­nance mat­ters, whilst cre­at­ing val­ue and social impact for the com­pa­ny and its com­mu­ni­ties. We work from our offices in Kenya, Tan­za­nia and The Nether­lands. DOB Equi­ty is an ever­green fund with all pro­ceeds from invest­ments being reinvested. 
DOEN sup­ports ini­tia­tives that accel­er­ate the tran­si­tion to a more sus­tain­able soci­ety. Specif­i­cal­ly, DOEN focus­es on pio­neers with a busi­ness approach. These ini­tia­tives have either suc­cess­ful­ly devel­oped beyond proof of con­cept and are close to mar­ket intro­duc­tion. Or they involve par­ties that bring togeth­er our ecosys­tem and/or strength­en the sector. 
We invest in ear­ly-stage orga­ni­za­tions and are often their first insti­tu­tion­al investor, as well as their first “out­side” board mem­ber. We invest in a wide vari­ety of sec­tors: our cur­rent port­fo­lio includes orga­ni­za­tions work­ing both domes­ti­cal­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly, help­ing to pro­vide crit­i­cal access to health­care, edu­ca­tion, food secu­ri­ty, social jus­tice, water and san­i­ta­tion, trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty, and shelter. 
elea invests in local­ly based entre­pre­neur­ial ini­tia­tives to fight absolute pover­ty in Latin Amer­i­ca, Sub-Saha­ran Africa, India, and South­east Asia. It is focused on start-up and growth financ­ing for long-term, eco­nom­i­cal­ly self-sup­port­ing orga­ni­za­tions. elea either invests direct­ly in social enter­pris­es that strive for max­i­mum social impact or in inno­v­a­tive entre­pre­neur­ial projects that are eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable in the long-term. 

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