FMO backs fund that invests in innovative companies that bring reliable electricity to low-income people in Africa

FMO has invested in Fund I from Energy Accesss Ventures (EAV) – a venture capital firm focused on Africa.

EAV invests in companies which bring innovative technologies and business models across the electricity value chain thereby improving productivity for industry and access for consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa. This includes companies involved in solar home systems, mini-grids – both off-grid and grid-extensions – distribution of electricity access products, data management and novel financing techniques. EAV works closely with its portfolio companies to help hem to grow their businesses by supporting deployment plans, building stellar teams on the ground and introducing customers and strategic partners.

At FMO we are excited to participate in EAV Fund I“, says Marieke Roestenberg, FMO’s Private Equity Senior Investment Officer. “We believe EAV represents a unique opportunity to invest in an existing operational team with a thorough understanding of the energy market in Sub-Saharan Africa combined with solid expertise in early-stage investing. This investment fits with FMO’s strategic agenda in terms of promoting renewable energy, inclusive growth and innovation. At the same time, it will allow FMO to gain exposure to and improve our understanding of the dynamic and rapidly expanding energy access market. Not only will the fund aim to provide improved access to energy to several million underserved consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa, but it is also actively exploring innovative businesses promoting the productive use of solar energy and other transformational business models. We are proud to have become part of this venture and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with the EAV team.”Michael Gera, Managing Partner at EAV, stated: “We have developed an excellent relationship with FMO and are delighted to welcome them aboard.”

Marieke continues: “We greatly look forward to working with them along with our current first-class investors. Holding a second closing at this point in a fund’s life is somewhat exceptional and represents a strong endorsement of EAV’s strategy and track record.  EAV Fund I’s enhanced size will enable us to strengthen the support we give to our portfolio companies and to have additional reserves for the ones that continue to show long-term promise.”


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