Investor type Venture Debt
Founders Audrey Desiderato Ryan Levinson Sameer Halai


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Total investments 17
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 10
Rounds per year 1.70
Lead investments 4
Follow on index
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Key employees 6
Stages of investment

Areas of investment

  • Solar
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Clean Energy
  • Electronics

In 2012 was created SunFunder, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Nairobi. The company was established in Africa in Kenya.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 participants. Despite the SunFunder, startups are often financed by Energy Access Ventures, responsAbility, Blue Haven Initiative. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are responsAbility, SIMA Funds, Oikocredit International. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by responsAbility, Shell Foundation, Norfund.

The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 25 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The top activity for fund was in 2019. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Consumer Electronics, Social Entrepreneurship. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight PEG, Greenlight Planet, SolarNow. For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund.

The fund was created by Audrey Desiderato, Ryan Levinson, Sameer Halai. The overall number of key employees were 3.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Last Mile Transportation
Mobile Payments
Public Transportation
Ride Sharing
$4M01 Oct 2021 Lilongwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

Zola Electric

Electrical Distribution
Renewable Energy
$45M23 Sep 2021 Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands


$11M17 Feb 2021 Nairobi

Daystar Power

$4M07 Feb 2020 Plaines Wilhems, Mauritius

d.light design

Renewable Energy
$18M01 Jul 2019 Berkeley, California, United States


Commercial Lending
Financial Services
$20M22 Mar 2019 Accra, Greater Accra Region

Renewable Energy
$2M17 Jan 2019 Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands


Clean Energy
Energy Storage
Renewable Energy
$9M08 Jan 2019 Gelderland

Zola Electric

Electrical Distribution
Renewable Energy
$20M27 Jul 2018 Amsterdam, North Holland


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