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Odyssey Energy Solutions

Portfolio News

Boulder-based Odyssey Energy wins Keeling Curve Prize

Belle Raab | Jul 29, 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....

Investment Announcement

60Hertz raises seed funding from Impact Investor Factor[e] Ventures

Belle Raab | Apr 23, 2020

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

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...

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60Hertz Energy

Portfolio News

60Hertz deploys its mobile O&M software – equipped with new language capabilities – to Africa and Southeast Asia

Homer Microgrid News | Aug 03, 2020

60Hertz isn’t resting on the early success of its mobile app designed to improve operations...


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...


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

Belle Raab | Apr 23, 2020

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


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....

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...

A Simple Machine Changes Lives of Farmers in Rural Maharashtra!

admin-factore | 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

Amanda DelCore | 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

admin-factore | Oct 09, 2017

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

Factor[e] Ventures and Crofarm Announces Partnership!

admin-factore | Sep 27, 2017

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