Persistent Energy has raised $10 million in Series C funding to grow its climate venture building business in Africa, in a round led by Kyuden International Corporation, a subsidiary of the Japanese Kyushu Electric Power Group, and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa Investments.
The equity round also had the participation of six new private investors, high-net-worth individuals and businesspersons, including Kotaro Tamura, as well as existing investors like BK Ventures BV and DPI Energy Ventures.
Persistent Energy, as an expert and investor in the renewable energy sector in Africa, helps startups to build businesses that can “scale sustainably” from ideation to the early growth stage. It does this by investing capital and human resources — where its team members join and work together with the management teams of portfolio companies. Persistent has 20 partner companies spread across 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company has had two successful exits to date.
Commenting on the deal, Persistent Energy’s managing director, Tobias Ruckstuhl, said in a statement that the company will use the new resources to accelerate its growth in Sub-Saharan Africa in a quest to promote the adoption of clean energy options and technologies in the continent.
“Many more companies need to be started and built in order to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the next 10 years. Kyuden and FSDAi are committed to our entrepreneurial climate venture building model,” said Ruckstuhl.
“By leveraging these powerful partnerships, we will be able to accelerate our most pioneering venture building investments, driving the transition to clean energy, promoting e-mobility and finding innovative business models and technological developments across the continent,” he said.
The company also said it will use the new funding to strengthen its team.
Persistent’s portfolio companies provide domestic, commercial and industrial solar solutions and deliver e-mobility solutions, and ecosystem building.
In Africa, these companies include Solar Works, a decade-old business focusing on home solar systems in Southern Africa. Solar Taxi, an e-mobility startup from Ghana, was also recently added to its list of portfolio companies. Solar Taxi designs, assembles and distributes vehicles for use in transportation and delivery services.
Oolu, BBOX, Rensource, Upowa, Altech, Ecoenergy, Candi, Ecobodaa, Asobo and Hohm Energy, an ecosystem builder, are also part of its portfolio companies.