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UnLtd India - Call for Applications
Claudius Gutemann, UnLtd India - Call for Applications 24 Aug 2018
Changing the Paradigm for Energy Finance and Technology for Women
Claudius Gutemann, Changing the Paradigm for Energy Finance and Technology for Women 10 Aug 2018
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Creative, responsive, exploratory conversations have always been at the heart of the SOCAP experience. The SOCAP Open platform empowers you to shape the conversation and share your insights. We want to know what issues and innovations you think should be featured at SOCAP15. What ideas would YOU bring to the stage? Tell us. Here are four ways you can let us know what you want to see/hear/talk about at SOCAP15:

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Individuals from around the world, diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, expertise, and perspective, work at the intersection of money and meaning. We want a variety of voices to be heard at the SOCAP conference, including yours. Submit your ideas to SOCAP Open or vote. Let your voice be heard.

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Looking beyond toilets: The need for sustainable sanitation solutions

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Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy - Head of Innovation and Implementation, Samhita Social Ventures

Beyond toilets

The Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 has reactivated the demand to provide better health and hygiene to communities. The mission became one of the first big priorities of CSR, after the law came into force, with several companies, foundations and individuals pledging their support to the cause of sanitation. While providing infrastructure and other resources is critical, it is also equally important to practice a holistic approach to implementing such programs.

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Indian social incubator Villgro enters Vietnam

Indian social enterprise incubator Villgro is planning to enter the Vietnamese startup ecosystem, its first country in Southeast Asia, by seeking for partners in nurturing local impact investment.

The fund is expected to finance a social startup with up to $250,000 once it is established.

In an interaction with DEALSTREETASIA, Ngoc Huynh, who is working in Villgro’s initiative to replicate the fund’s model in Vietnam, revealed that the India’s oldest social enterprise incubator will appear in the local market through the franchising model.

Therefore, it is looking for Vietnamese entrepreneurs, who are keen on joining the global Villgro Impact Incubators Network (VIIN), to be directors of its Vietnam unit.

The Indian model offers funding from $10,000 to $250,000 for three stages of a social startup development – including pre-product, pre-revenue and pre-scale stages.

It is also targeting four sectors of education, healthcare, agriculture and energy.

 

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Microlender Ujjivan launches hand-held field tech devices to expedite loan process

The project is launched in 282 branches in 16 states.

Bangalore-based Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt Ltd, one of the top-tier microfinance institutions in the country, has rolled out hand-held field technology devices as it seeks to take the loan approval process online and expedite disbursals.

It has collaborated with fin-tech firm Artoo to enable field staff with internet-enabled handheld tablets which run a lending solution.

The project is aimed at providing quick and appropriate loans to its customers, reduce the turnaround time as well as improve efficiency and productivity in disbursing loans.

The project has been launched in 282 branches across 16 states and is expected to handle Rs 3,000 crore of disbursements over three years once it is rolled out in all operating branches of Ujjivan.

"Though this solution has come at a cost, the benefits are already visible. Today, Ujjivan’s individual loan process is as efficient as of any new-age bank," said Samit Ghosh, managing director and CEO at Ujjivan.

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UnLtd India – Call for applications!

UnLtd India – Call for applications!

Calling all aspiring social change-makers to attend an event on “Social Entrepreneurship Insights" and to apply to be UnLtd India Investees by 15th April 2015!

Mirakle Couriers, Milaap.org, Under the Mango Tree, Avanti Fellows, iVote, Hamara Footpath, Toybank…Apart from a mission to create social impact, what do all these organizations have in common? They are all UnLtd India Investees!

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Agriculture Products

IIC seeks recognition, easier financing for social enterprises

Impact Investors Council (IIC), in its representation for Budget 2015, is requesting the Government to help galvanise the impact investment eco-system Read more »
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Fidelity Growth Partners India Leads Investment In Greenlight Planet

Fidelity Growth Partners India has invested $10 Mn in clean tech product company, Greenlight Planet. The Series B round also saw the participation from Deutsche Bank and Seattle-based impact investing firm Global Partnerships. Read more »
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The Private Sector: India's Next Change

The private sector of the economy is an important component in helping individuals climb out of poverty. In the last 40 years, we have seen dramatic examples of the power of the private sector. China’s recent emergence as a world economic power has helped lift millions of its citizens out of poverty. In order to see the next great reduction in world poverty, India, the second largest country in the world, needs to follow. Read more »
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Assam-based Tamul Plates receives follow-on investment from Artha Initiative & Upaya Social Ventures

Investment Will Allow Northeast India’s Leading Producer of Premium All Natural Tableware to Expand Production Capacity, Sales Network Read more »
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Unitus Seed Fund announces Speed2Seed, a programme to help Indian startups raise venture money

BANGALORE: Social investor Unitus Seed Fund has launched Speed2Seed, a nationwide program to help early-stage startups raise angel and seed capital in order to grow and realize their potential. Unitus announced that it has signed on 11 business accelerators and incubators including Catalyzer, Khosla Labs, IIM Calcutta, Deshpande Foundation and Startup Oasis as program partners. Read more »