Early-Stage Investment Readiness for Large Scale Low Carbon Projects

Building a New Frontier of African Infrastructure Sponsors through Entrepreneurship and Action-Led Learning

Organized by 2019
Co-Hosted by African Catalyst log


We aim to bridge the Gap of lack of Bankable Deal Pipeline in Africa through an Early-Stage Investment Readiness Programme focussed on Low Carbon Projects.
  1. A low-cost Open Learning Programme for building capacity of locally based project sponsors of on Low Carbon Projects in Africa.
  2. To provide substantial infrastructure expertise for on Low Carbon Projects Sponsors to understand project preparation, financial structuring and have a workable development plan for the project sponsor to be taken seriously within the Early Stage  investment community.
  3. To use the programme as a basis of selection for early-stage investors to single out projects that have traction, show bankability and a sponsor team that can raise pre-development capital i.e Project Preparation Financing
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Programme Structure 

The Programme is an 8-Week Online Programme, that will take place 6-8 hours weekly on the Learning Management System (LMS), Virtual Class sessions, WhatsApp Group sessions, and In-person sessions, using innovative classroom management tools. Lectures will be delivered in modules that afford participants the flexibility to run their businesses, while participating in the programme. As the classes progress, participants will develop their growth plans and make immediate improvements in their respective projects.

Application Process

Stage I: Interested applicants can apply using the Apply Button (blelow)

Stage II: Following a review of all received applications, candidates will be shortlisted for a short online meeting after which suceessfull applicants will be selected to pay the application fee of $500 ( Five Hundred Dollars)

Why Low Carbon Projects?

Climate change experts have identified low-carbon infrastructure as a key solution to preventing environmental damages to the people from the gas emissions caused by infrastructure. It is also critical to achieving climate change targets like the Paris agreement, net zero emissions by 2050, and other national climate goals.

Low-carbon infrastructure generates fewer carbon emissions than traditional infrastructure and helps build resilience in vulnerable countries while protecting against exposure to extreme climate change events.

The Early-Stage Investment Readiness for Large Scale Low Carbon Projects focuses on the following that have Project Finance Characteristics 

Low carbon Infrastricture-brickstone
Solar PV (C & I) & Storage
Solar PV (Commercial and Industrial) & Storage
BioGas Plant
Using Organic Waste to form BioGas
Low Carbon Mass Mobility
Using EV or CNG Mass Transit (using PPP Model)
Programme Overview

The Programme aims to help with Early Stage Investment Readiness for Low Carbon Projects to typically meet the following Bankability objectives

Brickstone Bankability Model How Low Carbon Projects can be characterized by a high degree of revenues predictability under a (partial or full) Contracted Revenue Arrangement with a creditworthy counterparty 
Brickstone Bankability Model How Low Carbon Projects can be delivered under a fixed construction price and schedule with a Building (or EPC) Contractor with clear strategies for Optimal Operations during Post-Construction
Brickstone Bankability ModelHow Low Carbon Projects can be governed independently with strong Governance Systems and operate in an environmentally sustainable manner from development stage to post-construction phase


Pre-Acceleration Programme Outline

The goal of this programme is to equip infrapreneurs with an overview of Project Finance by taking them through all the stages of a Project Development Lifecycle to be able to develop and apply the skills-set to achieve investment-ready projects in Large Scale Low Carbon projects. The course provides important experience and practical examples in the following areas:

Developing Low-Carbon Projects

Week 1 to 3

  • Introduction to Low Carbon Projects
  • Overview of Project Finance
  • Principles of Risk Allocation
  • Contract Mechanics in Project Finance
  • Project Development of Low Carbon Projects
  • Introduction to Pre-Financing Stage
  • Brickstone Project Bankability Framework
  • Achieving Bankability:
    • Predictable Cashflow
    • Construction & Operations
    • Governance & Sustainability

De-Risking Low Carbon Projects

Week 4 to 5

  • Introduction De-Risking Large Scale Projects
  • De-risking for Bankability (Practical Exerices)
    • Clean Energy Projects
    • BioGas Plant
    • Low Carbon Mass Transit
  • Introduction to Bankability Planning Report
  • Infraprenuerial Guide to Financial Models
  • Developing Basic Financing Assumptions
  • Demo – Bankability Banking Report

Financing Low Carbon Projects

Week 6 to 8

  • Introduction to Financing Stage
  • Key Concepts in Project Finance Deal Structuring
  • Infraprenuerial Guide to Financial Models
  • Developing Basic Financing Assumptions
  • Managing Due-Diligence
  • Key Concepts in Finance Documents
  • Introduction to Security Arrangements
  • Introduction to Direct Agreements
  • Key Enhancement to FC
  • Ensuring Financing Close
  • Post-Financial Close Activities

Value Proposition of the Early Stage Investment Readiness Programme


We are a highly specialized with specific focus on Large Infrastructure & Industrial Projects in Africa


We have been active on the market since 2010 with our the team of more than 40+ years of experience


Our Network is capable of offering a complete and customized service to client anywhere in Africa 


We offer a flexible approach that adapts each project’s dynamics and risks when advising our clients
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