Supporting startups that offer innovative solutions for access to affordable energy

Our tool : I&P Digital Energy

Sinergi is one of the implementing partners of the I&P Digital Energy program, an Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) initiative aimed to finance a dozen start-ups and SMEs offering innovative solutions for access to affordable, modern and stable energy in Niger, and more generally in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Until 2029, this program offers funding and technical assistance to startups and/or digital SMEs operating in the energy sector.

This program is an initiative of Investisseurs et Partenaires and is financed by the European Commission through the French Development Agency, which finances, accompanies and accelerates transitions towards a more just and sustainable world. Gaia Impact Fund, a specialist in impact investing in renewable energies in Africa and Asia, is also involved in the implementation of this program as an expert in the sector.

I&P Digital Energy proposes :

Seed Funding

This funding (190 million FCFA) allows companies to meet their financing needs during the acceleration phase.

Technical Assistance

The technical assistance allows to reinforce the competences of the companies on general issues.

Selection criteria

I&P Digital Energy targets start-ups and small companies corresponding to the following criteria

  • Start-ups or SMEs with a need for support and financing between 65 million and 328 million FCFA
  • Proposing innovative energy access solutions (SHS, nano-grids, mini-grids, renewable energy for productive use, smart grid, etc.)
  • Operating in the formal economy (legal structure recognized and registered in one of the 13 countries of intervention) or in the process of formalization
  • Committed to maximizing their impacts (social and/or environmental) through their business activities and/or improving their practices