If you're interested in knowing more about existing funds around the world that support energy access projects, you are invited to register to the ARE Business Matchmaking Event.

Event background

A half-day event to put rural electrification organisations and professionals (project developers and designers, service providers, consultants, etc) and financiers in contact.

Session 1 will focus on the funding opportunities available to the private sector working in decentralised renewables in rural areas of developing countries. Session 2 will give companies an opportunity to present a "power pitch" (maximum 5 minutes each) on who they are, their project and what they are looking for.



14:30 Registration

15:00 Opening Address Ernesto Macias, ARE President

15:15 Session 1: Financial opportunities for energy access

- Georgios Pantoulis, Head of Sector 'Energy Policy Implementation', European Commission, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation (Energy Unit)

- Eugene Howard, Economic Energy Advisor, European Investment Bank (EIB)

- Michael Franz, Project Manager, The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

- Philippe Adriaenssens, Advisor International Affairs, EUROCHAMBRES, on behalf of the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC)

- Karin Bouwmeester, Investment Officer, Energy Department, The Entrepreneurial Development Fund (FMO)

16:45 Coffee Break

17:15 Session 2: Business power-pitches (5 minutes each)

Presentations by the following companies: Africa Power, AmperAfrikCanopy-EnergyEnergy KiosksEU-Africa Monitor,Partners for Innovation,  ProsonergyS3IDFSiemensSunna-Design Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA)XANT and Phaesun.

18:55 Closing remarks by Marcus Wiemann, ARE Secretary General

19:00 Buffet dinner


How to register?

There are four ways to make the most of this event and maximise visibility for your company and project. All are free of charge.


To register simply email Alexandra Reis your name, position and organisation.

Exhibit a poster

We welcome posters (A2 format) about your organisation, project or idea. If you want to exhibit, please include the request in your registration email.

Present in Session 2

Currently, all slots are filled. We can, however, add your organisation to the waiting list. Please include the request in your registration email.

Be included in the ARE Newsletter: Matchmaking Special Edition

We will be sending out a Special Edition of our newsletter focusing on the Matchmaking Event a few days after the event. It will include more information about funding opportunities, give tips, etc. It will go to our full mailing list. We encourage organisations looking for funding to support this newsletter. More information here.


19 February 2014 (one day ahead of ARE General Assembly), 14:30-19:00 (followed by buffet dinner)


BTC - Belgium Development Agency, Rue Haute 147, Brussels, Belgium - See map

We hope to see you in Brussels,

The Alliance for Rural Electrification's Team


Date events
19 February 2014
BTC - Belgium Development Agency, Rue Haute 147, Brussels, Belgium