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Persistent Energy

In a nutshell

Our Unique Value Proposition : We invest in and develop commercial businesses which provide access to clean energy and other essential products and services to consumers in emerging markets. By offering both human and financial capital, we help build companies that deliver competitive financial returns required for lasting social impact.

Founded in 2012, we are leading experts and pioneer investors in the off-grid sector. We believe that building commercially successful businesses is the best approach to sustainable socio-economic impact in underserved emerging markets. We also believe building businesses that provide clean energy is the best strategy for fighting climate change.

Our sector-defining publications and analysis underscore our commitment to a collaborative approach to accelerate the development of the sector.

Our foundational purpose is to improve lives regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, sexual orientation, physical or mental limitations or background. We encourage and celebrate the entire variety of human experience in our work and around the world. We believe that dignity is a basic human right and one we uphold.

Through human and financial capital, Persistent invests in and advises early stage commercial businesses in emerging markets that:

  • Use commercial discipline to deliver sustainable socio-economic impact
  • Promote and proliferate renewable energy
  • Provide essential products and services to customers
  • Create economic opportunities for individuals in local communities

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Member since 19/04/2021

Our impact: Sapling - Unverified

As per Spinel's Impact Lens methodology

SDGs we are working towards

Our scope

Industries
Industries that we currently work in...
Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Energy, Cleantech, Greentech
... and would like to work in
Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Energy, Cleantech, Greentech
Geographies
Countries that we currently work in...
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe
... and would like to work in
– West Africa, – East Africa, – South Africa

Our involvement in Kayapo

What we look for

We seek to work with exceptional entrepreneurs to build businesses that are aligned with our investment criteria and partner with them in the following ways:
– We take on key roles at our partner companies to help build finance capacity, engage in strategic planning, assist with IT development and fund raise.
– We leverage our extensive networks and deep sector and market knowledge to find the most promising opportunities for our partner companies.
– We utilize on the ground presence and deep operational knowledge at the board level, as a strategic adviser and in temporary management roles to accelerate growth of partner companies.
– We institute governance and processes to improve visibility into business performance and mitigate risk.

What we provide

We publish exclusive content and research about the impact of energy, as well as “Persistent stories” which tell the stories of our investees and entrepreneurs across Africa. We aim to share our knowledge and keep growing our impact across Africa.

We do not offer perks to other Kayapo members.

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