U.S.-Africa Clean Tech Energy Network (CTEN)

The U.S.-Africa Clean Tech Energy Network (CTEN) connects U.S. and African cleantech energy companies to market opportunities where project-ready technology can increase access to reliable electricity.

Guided by the goal to end energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, CTEN will introduce U.S. cleantech energy firms to specific deal opportunities in African markets and promote direct investment in African cleantech enterprises. Thus, CTEN will activate and facilitate a two-way ecosystem of cleantech energy companies, business associations, buyers, partners, investors, entrepreneurs, innovation labs, and government stakeholders to unlock innovation and bankable deals.

CTEN aims to facilitate up to $350 million in deals within the first five years. This initial project portfolio will feature technology that advances distributed renewable energy, long-term energy storage, run-of-river hydropower, and smart metering.

Two-way CTEN activities/offerings include: 

  1. Matchmaking, pitch sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, webinars and other events that support business linkages
  2. Market intelligence and network management
  3. Technical assistance and transaction advisory services
  4. Communications, marketing, and promotional support