Founded in 2012, Persistent is Africa’s Climate Venture Builder. We are leading experts and pioneer investors in the off-grid solar energy and e-mobility sectors on the continent, with 20 early-stage investments in pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar distributors, commercial and industrial solar (C&I), mini-grid developers, technology enablers and e-mobility companies. 

Persistent provides, through its venture building model, early-stage capital and strong operational support to exceptional entrepreneurs in underserved markets. It helps them build companies that address climate change and deliver competitive financial returns required for lasting social impact. To date, Persistent has contributed to improving 5 million lives, saving 1.2 million tons of CO2e, and creating 15,000 jobs. Our sector-defining publications and analysis underscore our commitment to a collaborative approach to accelerate the development of the sector. 

Persistent further leverages its unique industry expertise as an advisor to the Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (EEGF) and CEI Africa Foundation, managed by Triple Jump.

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Type of organisation

  • Consultancy
  • Finance Institution

Rural electrification expertise

  • Finance & Investment

Off-grid system used

  • Micro/Mini-grid
  • Stand-alone

RE-technology used

  • Battery / Energy Storage
  • Solar PV

Based in

United States


Wairimu Karanja
Partner & Chief Legal Officer