AREED provides early-stage funding and enterprise development services to entrepreneurs, helping build successful businesses that supply clean energy technologies and services to to rural and peri-urban African customers.

AREED services include training and hands-on business development assistance. For the enterprises that show the best commercial potential, AREED also provides early-stage investment and assistance to secure additional finance.

The AREED initiative also works to broaden the skills of organizations involved in the energy and investment sectors to help them nurture energy entrepreneurs.

AREED works with African NGOs and development organizations, helping them to identify potential energy projects and provide follow-up business support services to entrepreneurs. Resource tools are also available which focus on business planning, management structuring, and financial planning for the rural energy sector.

AREED also works with financial institutions, helping them to assess and integrate the rural energy business sector into their portfolios. AREED provides workshops and specific hands-on tools centered on rural energy markets and enterprises, appropriate project finance models, financial analysis and risk management issues. Opportunities for co-financing are also explored.

If you are an entrepreneur who would like to start or expand a business using solar, wind, water, biomass or some other sustainable energy technology to provide energy services in these countries, or if you are an NGO or financial institution interested in learning more about collaborating with AREED, please contact us

What AREED has to offer:

– Training and tools to help entrepreneurs start and develop energy businesses

– Enterprise start-up support in areas such as business planning, structuring and financing

– Seed capital for early stage enterprise development

– Partnerships with banks and NGOs involved in rural energy development