Uganda National Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Alliance

UNEP-DTU & Finding XY: High Level Investor Workshop

UNEP-DTU Partnership and Finding XY in partnership with UNREEEA have organised a “High Level Investor Workshop” on February 3, 2022, at Mestil Hotel Kampala. Invited guests include Financiers (Venture Capitalists, DFIs, Banks, Funds, Investor platforms), Ministry Representatives, Industry Associations and BDS Advisors .
The aim of this workshop is to increase the flow of investment to local solar MSMEs, reduce the risks and exposure associated to this investment by creating neutral approach to generating a pipeline of Investible projects or portfolio.

This will be a first of the two workshops planned. In this first workshop, focus will be on preparing both the investors and companies to assess opportunities for investment and developing a road map of actions to be implemented in the period leading to the second workshop. The second workshop will focus on sharing insights from the funder’s perspective, building partnerships through matchmaking, and co- creating approaches to generating deal flow and action points to close investments.

These events will provide evidence of the viability of investing in Uganda’s solar sector based on market studies and private sector engagement conducted by UNEP-DTU Partnership and Finding XY during the past year under the TEMARIN project.

Workshop Scope
The goal of this workshop is to reduce the financing gap for local solar MSMEs and define requirements to building deal flow initially focusing on agribusiness and industry opportunities. Key discussion points will include:

  1. Proposed solutions/alternatives for access to finance
  2. Size and need of the existing pipeline of solar investments?
  3. Investors: What are the investors’/funders’ assessment of the portfolio? What more informationis needed? What type of support, if any, is needed to make the businesses and projects investment ready? Who should be responsible?
  4. Investors: What are the key risks for the solar portfolio and how can these risks be mitigated?


Expectations
By the end of the 3-hour workshop, the organizers would like to achieve the following:

  1. Preliminary assessment of the quality of the portfolio.
  2. Recommendations for improving investment readiness for the portfolio.
  3. Action plan with actions and parties responsible for improving quality of the portfolio.

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TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

  • 5-day seminar
  • In-depth trainings on technical, financial and didactic topics
  • Group work, discussions, as well as computer-based and interactive exercises

Target group:

  • Trainer with previous experiences in access to finance education, banking, clean energy or climate finance
  • Professionals who wish to enhance their financial evaluation and didactical skills in order to become a trainer in the field of green energy/climate finance

After the TtT-Seminar, participating trainers are:

  • Provided with a starter kit of slides, exercises and additional tools for trainers
  • Equipped with hard facts and soft skills to develop their individual training
  • Capacitated to undertake courses autonomously

12-WEEK ONLINE TRAINING

Topics addressed include:

  • Political and legal frameworks of the energy market in Uganda
  • Characteristics of decentralised RE markets in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Technologies for small- and medium-scale renewable energy applications
  • Business models for decentralised RE technologies
  • Business plan development
  • SME Finance and loan assessment cycle
  • Project Finance / RE and EE project evaluation
  • International climate finance options
  • Accessing the Green Climate Fund

Implemented through:

  • RE and EE case studies from Uganda, Senegal and other SSA-markets
  • Live expert-led webinars to discuss specific questions