2022 Cohort

Energy Peace Partners leverages climate and finance solutions to promote peace in the world’s most fragile regions. Our vision is peace and stability for all powered by renewable energy.

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest energy access rates in the world, at only 46% of the population. Fragile states in Africa suffer from persistent energy poverty and low investment in the sector. Renewable energy is one of the most cost-effective ways of expanding electrification, but the challenges of fragile states deter investment.

Energy Peace Partners leverages the demonstrated success of the P-REC to provide catalytic capital that will support high impact projects in some of the hardest-to-reach communities.

Energy Peace Partners will:

  • Prioritize fragile countries in sub-Saharan Africa to maximize impact by mobilizing investment in hard-to-reach markets.
  • Provide upfront capital to developers in exchange for forward P-REC contracts that boost project economics.
  • Support smaller energy projects (mostly < 5 MW) that struggle to access investors and expand investor participation by aggregating small investments.
  • Promote climate equity by offering an entry point for multinational corporations to support climate-smart infrastructure that increases resilience and improves quality of life in under served communities.

Energy Peace Partners seeks to unlock catalytic capital to support the addition of new renewable energy capacity in fragile, energy poor countries while contributing to the achievement of numerous SDGs, including SDG 7 (energy access), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace).

Katapult wants to build a world in which all humans can thrive. Katapult believes that capital and business can solve the world’s grand challenges. Their impact goals are to make impact investing mainstream and to steward exponential technologies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Katapult supports early stage impact tech startups, funds and projects, with a mission to solve the world’s most pressing problems through the use of exponential technologies. To meet their vision they lead by example and are creating a movement that others are following. Through their accelerator, Katapult Accelerator and Katapult Foundation are building the impact investing field. Katapult works with HNWI, family offices and foundation capital to catalyze impact investing by offering support and education.

They believe that the earlier in the company life-cycle this is made explicit, the greater the chance of positive impact. Active engagement and leveraging all aspects of Katapult supports their investees and cements a multi-stakeholder approach to decision making. Katapult will set the standard for how to operate at the intersection of impact and tech.

Through Katapult’s focus on Ocean, Climate and Africa, they take a holistic approach to solving society’s largest challenges. By promoting healthy oceans, a stable climate and sustainable food systems Katapult drives towards building a thriving world for all.

Sustainable Links (“SL”) was established by a group of entrepreneurial and agile women with deep knowledge and experience of developing economies across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and careers spanning finance, investments and sustainable development. Our objective is to mobilise and deploy climate finance with a gender lens, linking global capital to local climate solutions.

Sustainable Links aims to extend direct sustainability-linked debt capital for:

  • middle market companies in East and Southern Africa, looking to move towards a net zero pathway and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, prioritising the manufacturing, agriculture and real estate industries; and
  • providers of climate solutions for a low carbon economy, which enable companies to embark on their climate mitigation and adaptation journeys.

We will initially start with five countries in East Africa, that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania & Malawi; aligning our investment approach to the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, and localising “best in class” impact investing frameworks.

Olduvai Capital is a boutique investment firm that aims to deliver attractive financial returns while helping shape a more prosperous, inclusive, and carbon-neutral future. Our investment team has extensive experience investing across Africa’s capital markets. We are value-oriented investors with an emphasis on finding mispriced risk and deploying patient capital with a long-term orientation.

Olduvai Capital seeks to support Africa’s climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities across the energy transition spectrum in Africa, including renewables, power grids, energy efficiency and green hydrogen opportunities.

2022 Honorary Cohort Member

The Amazonian region is highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, jeopardizing food security and local economies. At the same time, less than 6% of global climate finance goes to Latin America and most of it is channeled towards large corporations or supernational institutions. The local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), who are instrumental for local sustainable economic growth show eagerness to make real change in terms of climate mitigation and adaptation. But they lack capital to invest in climate-smart projects to do so.

The local team of Incofin (based in Bogotá) picked up these aspirations and it inspired the team to give SMEs in the Andean and Amazonian region access to climate finance.

Incofin seeks to support organizations with sustainable business models that preserve the rainforest, while offering economic opportunities for its inhabitants.

Incofin is a global impact investor with already 20 years of experience in impact investing, focused on financial inclusion and the agricultural sector. Incofin hopes to expand its new climate focus to other parts of the world.