2021 Cohort

Evenpar General Partner is a Dutch-Kenyan general partner managing the Evenpar Fund. The Fund sees energy demand increasing in emerging markets, especially in East Africa, whilst sustainably sourced (waste)feedstock is not used, and proven EU waste processing technology is not deployed. Evenpar will invest through SPV’s that deploy proven and efficient EU technology for multiple energy generating projects using sustainably feedstock -Scalable single tech solutions for multiple projects in emerging markets.

The fund has a primary sectorial focus on waste recycling & upcycling, biogas production, power and biofuel production from municipal, industrial & agro waste-input streams.

The targeted projects deploy proven and maintainable technology on the back of long-term supply agreements and creditworthy off-take contracts (industrial or government backed). Accordingly, this approach minimizes technology, feedstock supply and off-take risks, resulting in strong operational performance and creating long term stable cashflows. The fund invests with the aim to generate financial returns as well as create social and environmental impact. This is done by combining financial and technical knowledge to provide projects with support, technical assistance and schooling to efficiently process low value available (waste) feedstock into high value clean energy, whilst simultaneously reducing hygiene and (water & soil) sanitation problems.

The Evenpar fund is part of the StartGreen Capital group; therefore, being a powerhouse for impact investing in emerging markets. The partnership allows Evenpar to focus on its core competence; its ability to invest in stable, high-return impact projects -whilst being supported by StartGreen Capital fund management. Evenpar professionals have a proven track record of transacting deals in Africa and the team has been working together for 10+ years.

Africa holds the key to humanity’s global climate future, hosting 7 of the top 20 fastest growing economies and nearly 600 million people without electricity. If the continent is to energise using fossil fuels, the impact will be global.

An effective project development cycle, which allows greenfield project developers to recycle their capital into new projects, is required to enable the African continent to utilise its abundant renewable energy resources. With a pipeline of greenfield projects coming online, the secondary investment market’s ability to absorb these projects has become a key bottleneck in the project development cycle.

Gaia’s Africa Climate Fund aims to raise US200 million to acquire secondary equity interests in 6 -8 projects with the mission to catalyse a sustainable project development cycle. Gaia’s ultimate goal is to crowd in more investors at all stages of the funding ecosystem, thereby providing widespread access to clean energy to fuel a vibrant and sustainable growing African economy.

Gaia Fund Managers as first mover and brand leader concluded the first secondary transaction in the South African renewable energy programme in 2015 and has gone on to deploy long term capital into more than 12 renewable energy assets to a value in excess of US$250 million.

Forest ecosystems are vital stabilizers for our global climate, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. The main factor contributing to loss of forests and biodiversity in these areas is the conversion of forest to agricultural land. The Nature 4 Climate Fund(N4C) aims to alter the economic drivers at play by redirecting finance from current practices to more sustainable alternatives.

In particular, the Fund will invest in:

  • high quality and ecologically certified agricultural, agroforestry and forest products;
  • transformative plant-based food products with low carbon footprint;
  • and the rewilding of critical ecosystems.

The Fund’s target investments seek to generate competitive financial returns for investors while conserving and restoring important ecosystems and biodiversity.

In doing so, N4C will create an asset class that allows direct investment into sustainable development and the regeneration of ecosystems.

The Fund is developed by Natural Strategies Investments. It benefits from the extensive consulting experience of Natural Strategies in 40+ countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.  Working with actors like the UN, global NGOs and private investors, Natural Strategies is among the leaders on conservation finance globally.

Satgana is an impact Venture Studio & fund on a mission to launch planet-positive startups shaping the Future of Earth.

We invest hands-on operational resources through our globally distributed team, primarily operating across Europe and key emerging markets, as well as capital from the founding stage through to pre-seed & seed stages, with a gender lens.

From mobility to energy, agriculture, food systems, buildings and industry, all sectors of the economy have to be redefined for the world to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, as well as protect our ecosystems and prepare vulnerable populations to the adverse effects of the climate breakdown.

Our overarching goal is to build high impact solutions to the climate & ecological emergency while generating superior financial returns.

By striving to be a good company for the world and a launchpad for other good companies to emerge and grow, all while achieving economic prosperity, we hope to inspire many others to embark on this journey.

Ambassador of the 2021 Cohort

Acumen is one of the pioneers of impact investing for over two decades across emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and has raised three other climate-focused funds that are currently deployed across Africa. Acumen is now raising the Acumen Climate Action Pakistan (ACAP) Fund –an adaptation focused fund working to build climate resilience for smallholder farmers. ACAP will be Pakistan’s first climate-focused investment fund and Acumen’s first fund deployed in Asia. Through a blended finance structure to draw critical capital, ACAP will ultimately increase the climate resilience of smallholder farmers.

Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world while also being the fifth most vulnerable to climate change. As an agrarian economy, the already underproductive agriculture ecosystem has come under increasing climate change pressure. For Pakistan, the climate emergency is happening now. In a country where almost half the population struggles with food insecurity, investing in agriculture is the key to building robust food systems which are also at the core of achieving SDGs.

ACAP will increase adaptation capacity in Pakistan’s increasingly vulnerable, yet critical agriculture sector. Smallholder farmers will benefit from our investments, through a more efficient and productive value chain that in turn enables higher, more stable, climate resilient livelihoods. ACAP’s success will further help build an enabling ecosystem, drawing more investors to adaptation finance, to continue building on a foundation of efficient energy and innovative agriculture spaces across the world.