2018 Cohort

The clean energy revolution is here, but for countries most in need of clean energy, the transition is far too slow. Decentralized renewable energy generation represents the fastest and most cost-efficient way to bridge the north-south power gap, fight climate change and promote sustainable development. Empower New Energy has developed an innovative portfolio financing model that allows for the deployment of essential financing that will bring reliable clean energy at affordable prices to customers in developing countries, starting with Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Akipeo Fund will invest in businesses and projects that enable climate smart and socially inclusive agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fund’s investment themes will be centred on: (a) Making More with Less – production models incorporating input efficient use of agricultural technology, fertilizer, water; (b) Making More in New Ways – sustainable aquaculture to meet local and global protein demand; (c) Keeping More of What’s Made – addressing food spoilage via handling and storage assets between production and markets; and (d) Recycling Land for Future Use – projects and platforms enabling the restoration of productivity of agricultural land.

Uberis is a venture catalyst firm investing and assisting the next generation of exceptional entrepreneurs who design and execute innovative business models to profitably serve People & Planet in Southeast Asia.

We back entrepreneurs in Smart Agriculture, Access to Energy & Clean Water, Waste Recycling, Women Empowerment and Climate Change. Our ventures use smart technologies to break traditional market boundaries and disrupt established supply chains models.

Special Award

The Climate Resilience and Adaptation Finance & Technology Transfer Facility (CRAFT) managed by the Lightsmith Group will be the first commercial investment vehicle to focus on expanding the availability of technologies and solutions for climate adaptation and resilience. CRAFT will target companies in countries already experiencing substantial economic losses from climate change. The intentional inclusion of technology transfer from developed to developing countries into the fund will help build capacity in developing countries. As demand builds, investee companies can also begin to expand into lower income countries.