GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies was created in 2011 in order to support social entrepreneurs promoting energy access for excluded people in emerging countries and other regions. GDF SUEZ has earmarked €10 million for direct investment in social enterprises focused on improving access to energy and reducing energy precariousness.
AECF is an impact investment management firm. Founded in 2009, ID is a leading innovator in early-stage financing for tech startups. ID funds startups that are committed to serving the world’s underserved markets. In 2011, ID launched the BSP Fund, a seed-stage equity fund for mobile/ICT, alternative energy, and agricultural technology startups. To date, the BSP Fund has made 13 investments across eight countries. After seeing the working capital strain that startups face in emerging markets, ID responded with the Impact Factoring Fund (IFF) in 2012. The IFF provides working capital to growth-stage technology companies in emerging markets.
The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide. USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures holds a quarterly grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectiveness. The DIV portfolio includes evidence-gathering and scale-up activities in 17 countries and 9 sectors around the world.
Invested Development is an impact investment management firm. Founded in 2009, ID is a leading innovator in early-stage financing for tech startups. ID funds startups that are committed to serving the world’s underserved markets. In 2011, ID launched the BSP Fund, a seed-stage equity fund for mobile/ICT, alternative energy, and agricultural technology startups. To date, the BSP Fund has made 13 investments across eight countries. After seeing the working capital strain that startups face in emerging markets, ID responded with the Impact Factoring Fund (IFF) in 2012. The IFF provides working capital to growth-stage technology companies in emerging markets.
National Geographic’s Energy Access Challenge grant program aims to hasten the growth of promising global energy solutions as a response to climate change, energy resource constraints and environmental limitations. The grant program highlights innovative efforts addressing these issues and seeks to help leaders navigate the difficulties of early-stage entrepreneurship. The grant program has a global focus, yet aims to highlight solutions for a specific country or community. These promising endeavors make strides toward alleviating energy poverty, developing new technology and/or identifying the greatest potential for large energy gains.
A global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission, and rail infrastructure. Alstom Foundation is partnering with EGG to provide clean power to an orphanage and several schools in rural Tanzania.
The MIT Public Service Center engages students, alumni, staff, faculty, and others in life-changing initiatives and social entrepreneurship ventures that provide needed resources to individuals and communities in the USA and abroad.
Grounded in Harvard Business School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, the Social Enterprise Initiative aims to generate knowledge and to inspire, educate, and support current and emerging leaders in all sectors to apply management skills to create social value.
The Segal Family Foundation looks for efficient investments and effective charitable solutions that improve life In Sub-Saharan Africa.
TSADIK Foundation is a private family philanthropy which pursues the enhancement of human dignity and joy on a global basis, supporting organizations and individuals.
Dimagi is a developer of distributed mobile software for the collection and management of public health information. They are working with EGG-energy and other companies to adopt their software for sales networks.
The Legatum Center of MIT administers programs and convenes events that promote and shape discourse on bottom-up development. The Center convenes an annual conference, hosts lectures, and supports teams of enterprising men and women at MIT who are passionate about starting viable businesses in the developing world. The Legatum Center has graciously supported founding members, offering them fellowships, mentoring services, and seed grants to travel to Tanzania to build EGG-energy.
Berlin-based Mobisol combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone and innovative remote monitoring technology. Mobisol is one of EGG-energy’s suppliers for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) systems.
Another EGG supplier, British-based BBOXX, designs and manufactures innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. EGG-energy is the sole distributor for BBOXX’s mobile-enabled 50W system in Tanzania.
Tanga Fresh is a dairy cooperative in Tanzania comprised of more than 4,500 smallholder dairy farmers. The organization offers a coordinated dairy value chain of milk collection, processing, and marketing combined with growth opportunities for its farmers. EGG-energy is proud to partner with Tanga Fresh to offer solar energy systems to its farmers and employees.