Africa's Climate Venture Builder

We believe in the power of climate neutral economic development in Africa. For the last decade, we have been working hand in hand with exceptional entrepreneurs, investing both financial and human capital to build successful climate ventures on the continent. Our companies offer competitive financial returns required to drive lasting impact.
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    6408180 lives improved by persistent partner companies
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    200%+ average portfolio growth rate since investment
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    21662 jobs created by persistent partner companies
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    1375013 total tons of CO2 Avoided overall

About Us

Founded in 2010, Persistent is Africa’s Climate Venture Builder and a leading investor. We provide essential support including finance, strategic guidance, governance, technical and legal expertise to early-stage companies committed to creating sustainable impact. Our Venture Builders actively engage in and contribute to these ventures, particularly in emerging markets where such support is crucial at the early stages.

Our Portfolio Companies

Thought Leadership


  • Persistent has been a key player in Rensource’s development, helping us establish our legal and tax structure, refine our growth strategy and develop critical IT systems. They are on the cutting edge of the sector, extremely knowledgeable and always generous with their assistance.
    Rensource Ademola Adesina, CEO & Founder Nigeria
  • Persistent supported us when we were struggling to close our Series A, and have since helped us to build a far stronger company. The Persistent team is engaged in the strategic and day-to-day operations of the company. Persistent’s support covers corporate structuring, Interim CFO services, international expansion strategy, portfolio management to logistics, etc. I recommend them as highly as I can to other founders and potential partners. They are genuine in their impact mission and experienced enough to support companies across the energy sector.
    candi Philippe Flamand, Commercial Director South Africa
  • Persistent has been a real partner for us. One of the most valuable services they have provided is an interim CFO who helped bring our reporting and modelling to a level that was reliable and robust for third party investors. The Interim CFO worked side-by-side with us to bring in a new strategic equity investor. Persistent’s work has literally changed our lives as a company and therefore will change hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa as we accelerate our expansion.
    SolarWorks! Arnoud de Vroomen, Co-Founder and CEO Mozambique
  • Persistent has been a part of candi's story from the word go. Without its support in these early stages it's fair to say that we may never have seen the light of day. From there, Persistent has not only continued to provide capital at critical times, it has brought in relevant expertise to fill important gaps, as well as connecting the dots within its extensive network to allow candi to grow its capital base.
    upOwa Killien de Renty, CEO Cameroon
  • Persistent very quickly analyzed and got themselves comfortable with the country risks of investing in Zimbabwe and invested $300,000, unlocking a matching AECF grant. They support us in raising more capital, setting up a scalable financial management system. Through their affiliate, Catalyst, they help us integrate our various applications for PAYG customers, inventory and accounting onto one platform. Our partnership with Persistent is allowing us to finally unlock our growth potential.
    Zonful Energy William Ponela, Founder and CEO Zimbabwe
  • Persistent has been a true thought leader from the very beginnings of the off grid industry. We at BBOXX have benefited enormously from the expertise within Persistent.
    BBOXX Mansoor Hamayun, CEO & Founder Kenya
  • Persistent plays a critical role providing early stage entrepreneurs with much needed legal, financial and strategic advice. We are their first investment outside of Africa. Chris Aidun has been a mentor to me over the last two years, providing me with countless hours of guidance and advice. We are incredibly lucky to have their assistance.
    EcoEnergy Shazia Khan, CEO & Co-Founder Pakistan