The way we produce and consume our feed is changing, as are the environmental conditions in which we farm and live. At TES, we are looking to support the transition in agriculture with a focus on: low-cost, complexity & -tech hardware solutions, cold-chain storage, digitization, low-carbon food production, local processing/value-add, regenerative farming and transitioning substance farmers to higher income streams.
People can do amazing things under the right circumstances. At TES, we believe that the democratisation of knowledge, skills and resources enables people to become the best version of themselves. A Digital Revolution has democratized all phases of the product life cycle. Software solutions (e.g. artificial intelligence, FinTech) and physical solutions (e.g. sensors, e-mobility, smartphones) enable an efficient connection between decentralized demand and supply. This opens up many possibilities, providing access to all at marginal cost. Now, both individuals, business and collaborative, open-source networks have increased access to knowledge, skills and resources. With this access comes the potential for every individual to join the economy.
Decoupling economic growth from negative climate impact will require a shift in our energy production & distribution. Kenya is leading the way on green production, with over ninety percent of its energy from renewable sources, with Tanzania estimated at over eighty percent renewable. The energy consumption in Kenya is three times higher per capital and access to clean cooking fuels is much greater in Kenya also (approx two to twelve percent). Over seventy percent of Kenyan's have access to energy, against approximately forty percent of Tanzanians.
But access to (clean) energy is not enough. For businesses to thrive, the key is not so much access to energy but low-cost and reliability. Back-up generators have a large negative impact on margins, climate & personal health. TES focus will be on novel methods for energy production and storage, manufacturing, maintenance & monitoring methods, replacement of diesel GenSets and public infrastructure development.
How we move people and goods is the lifeline of an economy. Access to low-cost, reliable and high-quality logistics is a key requirement for both business and people to thrive. Kenya and Tanzania benefit from ports, providing throughput to Uganda, Rwanda and other land-locked countries. However both urban and rural road infrastructure requires investments beyond reach. Some solutions navigate away from this requirement, such as Zipline has demonstrated in Rwanda and Ghana. Both Kenya and Tanzania have the electrification of transportation on their agenda's, where ecotourism has provided a first-wave entry point to the market and the second-wave now sits with e-commerce delivery solutions. The third wave will most likely been seen in export businesses, looking at LGVs and HGVs for medium-haul.
TES will focus to support operational excellent supply-chains (e.g. higher quality- and reliability and lower marginal cost), access to (rural) logistics, improved efficiency for (decentralized) marketplace, charging infrastructure, electrification of aviation, public transport and commercial land transport (bicycles, motorbikes to HGV), optimization of port operations and capacity and novel methods for the development of infrastructure.
We see key achievements that enable new approaches to problems at the base of the pyramid (BOP). We are exploring how ventures serve as accelerators, harnessing and bolstering the potential of new technologies to improve lives where its needed most. Our aim is to embed these technologies in smart business models, mobilising global innovation capacity and creating deep collaboration ownership in local communities.