Funding Database

Energy Access Ventures

Newly launched private equity fund, Energy Access Ventures (EAV) invests in growing, entrepreneurial businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa addressing the lack of electrification in the region with new technology and innovative business models.

The Fund targets smaller renewable energy businesses in Africa that specialize in promoting low-carbon and low-cost electricity access solutions in rural areas and close to main towns and that cannot access regular finance.

EAV has an extensive network in the energy access market, and invest where they can add substantial value. For example, grow a portfolio company’s strategy and team, help founders raise further funding and develop a long-range exit plan.

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Geographical Focus

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Technology/Sector Focus

  • Solar
Size of Investment
$0.5-4 M
Target Return
Total Fund Size
App. 55M
Fund Structure

General Fund Information

Type of Investment


Investors of Fund

Schneider Electric in partnership with, CDC Group, FISEA Ð PROPARCO, OFID, and AFD- FFEM

Fund Information

Size of Investment



Number of Investments


Target Return


Sample Investee


Additional Project Characteristics

Innovative SMEs involved in providing electricity and related services in particular through power generation systems (e.g. solar home devices and micro- generation infrastructures) generally off-grid, energy distribution and ancillary activities.

Additional FMC Info


Schneider Electric, AFD, Berkeley Energy

Location of Registration and HQ

Paris, Nairobi

Primary Contact Information For Developers

Types of Financing



Technical Assistance / Grants

When required the Fund assist in securing grants and and technical assistance for investees.

Debt Mezzanine


Guarantee / Insurance


Requirements for Financing

Project Requirements

Investee must have significant activity on the ground in Africa and must contribute to the important impact objective – bringing reliable electricity or its benefits to at least a million low-income people.

CO-Funding Requirements


Target Impact

Support for rural electrification of the more than 600 million Sub-Saharan Africans living without electricity access. EAV aims to support electrification of at least 1 million people.

Due Diligence Requirements

Early stage companies and projects can approach EAV and work together through the businsess model development.

Detailed Description Of Funding Process Procedure

The Fund can make decisions and disperse capital quickly, if project/venture are fully prepared. When the business model needs more development the Fund can support the process, and extend due diligence.