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Audrey Selian, Development Mantra for Sustainability 19 Mar 2018
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Claudius Gutemann, Farming as a Service (Bain & Company) 15 Mar 2018

Gray Ghost Ventures 2015 Annual Report

This year Gray Ghost Ventures celebrate the 10th year of investing in early-stage social impact enterprises. In early 2006, their work began as a pilot with the intention of bringing a 'venture capital' approach to impact investing. 


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YSB 2015 Impact Report


The 2015 Impact Report is all about the hard-working individuals who drive large-scale social change in the countries we work in. Thanks to the tremendous effort of YSB entrepreneurs, over 800.000 people now have access to vital services like safe drinking water, access to health care, education or clean energy. 

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Energy and Power

Could off-grid electricity systems accelerate energy access?

Small off-grid electricity systems are growing rapidly in South Asia. A new study, The Effects of Small Scale Electricity Systems on Rural Communities in South Asia, provides the first assessment of how these systems are impacting communities in the region.

Previous research has shown multiple benefits of electricity access for education, livelihoods, and health. However, small-scale systems—which are often set up in an ad-hoc way in remote areas outside the purview of regulators—have not previously been systematically studied. Off-grid systems can include a wide variety of energy sources, from a simple diesel generator, a solar-powered home system sold by entrepreneurs, or a biomass-based micro grid.


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Tackling the Sustainability Challenge

In an effort to better understand sustainability models and best practices among impact incubators and accelerators, UnLtd India has interviewed and analyzed 15 innovative entrepreneur support organizations around the world. While the sample group was constructed to draw on characteristics that were particularly relevant to UnLtd India , the findings and case studies carry broad relevance that should inform other incubators and accelerators exploring revenue model sustainability and market revenue generation. Each section of the report includes a collation of best practices for each topic drawn from these 15 accelerators. These best practices are intended to provide clear and actionable insights that are applicable to a wide range of acclerators.

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A Launchpad for Social Entrepreneurs

A Report on the First Seven Years - April 2008 to March 2015


To date UnLtd India have supported more than 200 early stage entrepreneurs across India and their Affiliate Network continues to bring their model to new communities throughout the country.


The report features some of our most promising grantees, whose work and impact UnLtd India is proud to have been a part of. It also details their goals looking forward, and celebrates the achievements of UnLtd India and our Network.

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Health Services and Supplies

Frugal Innovation

Frugal innovation is considered by many to be one of the key solutions that enables enterprises to access low-income markets in developing countries. However, the discourse on frugal innovation has painted a singularly product-centric picture of innovation by overemphasising the products’ value propositions, designs and underpinning technologies. This position paper aims to dispel the myth that frugal innovation for low-income markets is solely rooted in the configuration of a product and its components. Rather, frugal innovation is said to involve the implementation of novel ideas across the whole architecture of a business model. Read more »

CSR and the Companies Act, 2013: Be Bold, Take Action

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules in the Companies Act, 2013 will forever change the way CSR is conducted in India and throughout the world. Beginning April of 2014, large and medium-sized Indian companies will be required to spend 2% of their profits on charitable causes. This represents both a challenge to be managed and an opportunity to be embraced by the more than 16,000 registered companies that will be affected by the law. In passing this law, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs recognizes that corporates not only have the resources but also capacies and skills that enable them to spearhead social change in ways that are beyond the reach of both governmental and social sector organizaons. Instead of increasing corporate taxes by 2%, the government decided to leverage the exisng track record of India Inc. to catalyze tried and tested approaches bringing new strategies, ideas, and capital needed to tackle the country’s most challenging social and environmental problems. From the 1,600 children under the age of 5 who die daily (due to diseases related to poor sanitaon) to the appalling stasc that Indians have greater access to mobile phones than to toilets, targeted and sustainable CSR approaches are required. This is an enormous responsibility and leap of faith. Diverng vast resources away from corporaons and into social projects can lead to ineffecve investments or “dead aid”. Alternavely, the esmated INR 20,000 cr in CSR spending can also lead to progress and prosperity that the country has never seen before. This may be the missing link enabling over 800 million people to access quality educaon, healthcare and livelihood opportunies necessary for inclusive growth. Read more »
Agriculture Products

2015 Global Food & Agriculture Investment Outlook: Institutional investors meet farmers

Strategic review of the investment landscape across the asset class, with an up-to-date analysis of the major asset categories and a special section on South America’s challenges & opportunities. Read more »
Health Services and Supplies

Health Horizon 2021

Health Horizon 2021 - Health Horizons 2021 is the first of a series of sector-focused "Future Social Enterprise Opportunities" reports written in partnership with Okapi Research. The series is meant to provoke would-be social entrepreneurs, impact investors, incubators, and others involved in the system of private finance for enterprise-driven responses to social challenges to look forward as well as around themselves. Read more »
Agriculture Products

Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations

More than 2.5 billion of the world’s poor rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Helping these smallholder farmers gain access to better products and inputs, such as micro-drip irrigation systems, drought-resistant hybrid seeds and asset-backed micro-loans, has the potential to improve their lives permanently. Because when farmers grow more food and earn more income, they are better able to provide for their families, send their children to school and invest in improving their farms. Little will happen, however, unless pioneer firms—the entrepreneurial companies responsible for developing and delivering those innovations—are able to find new, effective ways to profitably serve these hard-to-reach customers at scale. Read more »