Acumen’s report, Accelerating Energy Access: the role of Patient Capital

9 October 2018 | Insight Papers

Among the 800 million people who have gained energy access in the past decade around 45% have gained access because of startups delivering off-grid energy to bring clean and affordable electricity. Despite major investment into this market, a pioneer gap still exists and innovative startups keep experiencing difficulties in accessing the right kind of capital which affects their ability to scale.

Among the 800 million people who have gained energy access in the past decade around 45% have gained access because of startups delivering off-grid energy to bring clean and affordable electricity. Despite major investment into this market, a pioneer gap still exists and innovative startups keep experiencing difficulties in accessing the right kind of capital which affects their ability to scale.

Acumen has been investigating pioneering energy companies in the off grid energy sector for the last 10 years. The latest report aims at answering the following question: if entrepreneurs now have access to the right types, amount and mix of capital to grow their business. After interviewing 15 energy access CEOs from Acumen’s portfolio, Acumen has focused on identifying the greatest challenges experienced by companies in attracting financing.

Read more about the report

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