A tremendous opportunity exists today to transform the face of investor/donor engagement with the vast, untapped markets at the base of the pyramid (BOP). The Artha Platform mission is to help unlock this opportunity.
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@huvzcom Download poverty in india in - 50 PDF files http://t.co/NN1OQW8T
@jonathanshainin a link to Joe Sacco's piece in the new
Caravan. In case you missed it: bit.ly/wbNzhJ
@procurementasia Nestle has rolled out a
global quality, productivity and sustainability programme in India. http://t.co/cNUTRYcf
@sustain_ability Sustainability: Will 2012 belong to wind
power or solar power?: India has undertaken a solar mission and is also... http://t.co/IVWNGmvQ
@WaterFootPrintN #India: in 20 years, 60% of all aquifers
will be in a critical condition, says World Bank. http://t.co/DivgeVaK
@ciicesd Join us in celebrating India's Most #Sustainable
Enterprises at the CII-ITC Sustainability #Awards event on 10 Feb 2012,
#sustainability is at stake in #India as the 'Metro Man' retires. http://t.co/VPh3HnFy
@iihsin 86% of the energy source for #India is #coal
@geojit_bnpp Comprehensive policy action needed to prop-up MSME growth, CII National
MSME Council Chairman: Business Standard http://t.co/18XjBtoN
@ashokaIndia Did you know that Chetna Gala Sinha, Ashoka
Fellow, runs India's largest microfinance bank run by rural women? http://t.co/58F6Dj0x #ifeelup
@cleangreenpro India Moves To Solar Energy - Wants 20GW by
2020 http://t.co/SxkZfABQ #eco #cleantech #greenbuilding
@BBCRBlack Remarkable Times of India ed on climate change bit.ly/zn503C - the 'greatest problem' but relying on the West to solve it
@firstpostin Towards alternate livelihoods for Delhi's beggars. http://t.co/bYE8WeUY
@thegreentake Promising: #participatory design methods
applied in #india to develop agri ICT services that improve #livelihoods http://t.co/yyOM7Fgz
@VOASouthAsia Indian foundation sees to it that India's poor
do not lose livelihoods when they lose a limb: http://t.co/rnSmuzJQ
@OwlTradingNews India allows up to
50% iron ore export in attempt to safeguard long-term sustainability of the
steel industry http://t.co/29XtOaof
@rdejongh India: Impact Investing in the Social and
Environmental Sectors - EHS Journal | @scoopit http://t.co/4WjWeoob
@TillyJosephson WANTED: Exceptional Intern for corporate
#philanthropy program in #India. Passion for social innov. & #NPTech
required. PM me for more info.
@pndblog Has the Time Come for Wealthy Indians to Adopt the
Giving Pledge? http://t.co/frvzOkgK #philanthropy #GivingPledge
@RReporterIndia Investing in India tough, say NRIs http://t.co/9ZmIdlel
Date: Wednesday, Feb 15 9-12noon
Location: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G
In Asia, rising economic powers hold the promise of becoming the largest
consumer markets in the world. economic reforms and financial market
development have accelerated the growth of a multitude of new investment
opportunities. But how should the West assess the set of growth challenges
emerging from the Pan-Asian region and which challenges should be
prioritized over 2012?
Date: April 11-13th, 2012
Sankalp Forum (one of Intellecap's flagship initiatives is a unique and
collaborative platform designed to catalyze impact investments into
sustainable and scalable social enterprises globally. Founded with
support of the Rockefeller Foundation, National Bank for Agriculture and
Rural Development (NABARD), Ashoka India, New Ventures and over 25
other sector stakeholders, Sankalp today is one of the largest gathering
of social entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers and others.For
more information please click here.
Please click here for a 50% discount on Early Bird Registration!
Date: January 11-13th, 2012
Hyderabad Int'l Convention Center
Partnership Summit 2012, the flagship international event of the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) brings together economic and
commercial policymakers, businesses, innovators, and the public at large
for relevant discourse on the current status of innovation in all
spheres of activity, with the goal of helping the evolution of a roadmap
for leveraging innovation for global inclusive growth and development.
This 18th Partnership Summit will be co-hosted by the Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce and
Industry, India, the Government of Andhra Pradesh, and the CII. Read more here.
Date: January 31st - February 1, 2012
Vivanta by Taj, MG Road, Bangalore
The CII Mission on Knowledge, in
existence since the past five years was created to allow KM practitioners
to share, learn, and collaborate so as to effectively manage intellectual
capital to gain a competitive edge in the present knowledge driven global
economic scenario. The Knowledge Summit 2012 will focus on 'KM for
Successful Collaborative Enterprises'. In an era where global economies are
slowing down and competition is brutal each firm will have to harness all
its knowledge capital and use its resources well to succeed. Collaborating
within and beyond the firm will be an imperative in every industry. Read more here.
India Social Entrepreneurship Journeys
Dates: 30 November - 8 December 2012
Dates: February 2013 (exact dates TBC)
Journeys for Change features its November 2012 social entrepreneurship journey, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to enable you and your organisation to create greater positive impact in the world. Joining a select group of senior leaders from some of the world’s top private, public and civil society organisations, you will get first-hand lessons in innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership from some of Delhi and Rajasthan’s leading social entrepreneurs. Read more here.
USAID seeking new applications for Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Annual Program Statement is currently seeking new grant applications under its new venture capital style fund called DIV. DIV emphasizes producing development outcomes more effectively and more cost-efficiently while managing risks and obtaining leverage by focusing on scale, rigorous testing, and evidence. It is a mechanism for working with partners to identify and test potential development solutions, and helping to scale those that are proven to produce development impact.
by Stanford Business School graduates, Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun, D.
Light was established as a for-profit company in 2008. Its mission is to
enable households without reliable electricity to attain the same
quality of life as those with electricity. Through the use of D.
Light's products, households have the option of working longer hours,
thereby increasing productivity and income up to as much as 15-30%
monthly. Similarly, the solar lanterns enable children to study better
and longer. Read more...
Established in 2003 in Mumbai, India, Suminter India Organics has grown from a small trading company with the aim of helping local farmers to a fully integrated organic cotton and produce supply chain that distributes cotton products within India and both cotton and produce abroad. Suminter is currently working with 7,500 farmers who have approximately 80,000 acres under cultivation across the five states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Kerala, and Rajasthan. By providing farmers with inputs such as seeds, training them in organic farming methods, and entering into 5-10 year purchase contracts with them, Suminter is able to supply high quality organic cotton and produce including various fibers, seeds, and spices to the market. Read more...
Vortex raises VC funding of INR 3.7 Cr.
Tata Capital, Aavishkaar and other existing investors in vest INR 3.7
Cr. In Vortex Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (Sankalp Alumnus 2010) as a part of
the current planned round of INR 5 Cr. Vortex is the pioneer of Rural
ATMs, which operate efficiently in no-frills locations in remote
regions, at a fraction of cost of a conventional ATM while not
compromising on the security and functionality of a traditional ATM.
Aavishkaar, Bamboo Finance and Venture East are existing investors in
the company. Courtesy of Intellecap Sankalp Sector Round up.
Waterlife Receives INR 22 Crores (approx USD 4.2 Mn) Investment from Matrix
Waterlife India Private Limited (Waterlife) announced that it has
received INR 22 Crores (approx USD 4.2 Mn) investment from Matrix Partners
India. Intellecap was the sole advisor for this transaction. Waterlife is a
pioneer in providing high quality potable water solutions to the
underserved in an affordable and sustainable manner. It has installed
safe water systems in more than 1,500 villages & urban areas covering more
than 1 million people in a sustainable manner. Read
Happy New Year and Welcome to the Artha Newsletter in 2012! The Artha team is pleased to announce continued progress on the development of the Arthaplatform.com
The Artha Team has worked through 2011 to bring you an improved user interface, better functionality and an opportunity to connect with those who share your goal of supporting social business in India. The platform today caters to 74 invited members, with 27 social enterprises featured on the Artha pipeline. We provide a space for news, resources, and information exchange for famliy offices, social venture capital funds, venture philanthropists, foundations, DFIs, entrepreneur support organizations and individuals who operate in this niche arena.
Guardian coverage of Mera Gao Power, an Artha Pipeline opportunity
Mera Gao is a social enterprise led by US-born entrepreneurs Nikhil Jaisinghani and Brian Shaad, and provides low-cost mobile-charging and light services through micro grids in Uttar Pradesh, enabling the poorest to cease relying on kerosene. This company has begun to pioneer a wholly different energy system, designed to meet some of the most basic needs of the poorest, based on the operation of solar-powered micro grids at a village level. Each household receives two LED lights and one mobile-charging point in their home at a cost of 25 rupees (£0.30) per week. The setup cost is an additional one-off payment of 40 rupees (£0.48), which is the kind of price point that the majority can afford. Press here to read The Guardian’s coverage of this story in their article. See the Artha Enterprise Pipeline for further detail.
India Company Nandan Cleantec PLC Goes Public
Nandan, which focuses on the
production of the biofuel jatropha, will hold its initial public offering
(IPO) on AIM, which is the London Stock Exchange's international market for
smaller, growing companies. Nabarro LLP, which is advising Nandan on
its IPO, has valued the company at approximately $259.5 million. After 8
years of extensive research, Nandan has developed and received global
patents for four hybrids of jatropha seeds with higher oil yield and new
cultivation methods that maximize production. The 40,000 acres of jatropha
allow Nadan to sequester 3.2 million tons of carbon. Jatropha
biofuels provide clean energy to large communities and replace polluting,
GHG-intensive options. Nandan currently provides a steady income to over
15,000 small farmers.
foreign borrowings by Indian MFIs
In its Circular of 19 December
2011, the Reserve Bank of India has amended the rules on External
Commercial Borrowings (ECB or foreign borrowings) by Indian MFIs. Until now, foreign borrowing by Indian MFIs registered as NBFCs was not allowed at all and borrowing by those registered as NGOs was only allowed up to $5 million per year. Foreign lenders are advised to bear in mind political risk, credit risk and issues around lending rates and hedging costs.
financial sector regulator has allowed all MFIs - all those registered as
NGOs, cooperatives and non-bank finance companies (NBFCs) and complying
with the microfinance norms announced by its circular of 2 December 2011 -
to borrow from eligible foreign sources up to a limit of $10 million (or
equivalent) in a financial year. This is a crucial decision in the
context of the drying up of commercial bank funding for MFIs in
India. This note by M-CRIL discusses the implications of this
decision for foreign lenders to Indian MFIs and also for the MFIs. It
identifies and discusses the issues the foreign lenders will have to bear
in mind in deciding quantum of lending to Indian MFIs and suggests a way of
taking better informed decisions on the risks
involved. Link to the article
Venture Capital sets up a strategic partnership with Infuse Capital, India
to promote faster transfer of clean-technology to the
Naarden, 19th December, 2011: Start Green Venture Capital today
signed a strategic partnership agreement with Infuse Capital, a venture
fund backed by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM) and the
Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India, to promote the growth of
and accelerate the transfer of clean energy to India.
intends to promote greener and cleaner sources of energy and reduce the gap
in the demand and supply of India's future energy needs, while
creating a new market for Dutch 'clean-tech' start-ups. India
holds vast potential in the wind, solar and biomass sectors, and the
agreement intends to access these opportunities and address energy security
Capital will provide capital, along with knowledge of local markets, access
to local entrepreneurs and government agencies and guidance for
entrepreneurs. Start Green Venture Capital will provide the know-how and
technical expertise along with capital to promote and accelerate the
transfer of clean technology between The Netherlands and
Coenraad de Vries, Managing Partner, Start Green Venture
Capital, comments, "We believe that in the next ten years India will
see a huge economic transformation. An economy growing at this rate under a
business-as-usual scenario means India's demand for energy will
continue to increase exponentially. India's untapped renewable
resources are also impressive. Aside from wind and solar, there is also
vast potential in different biomass sources. Decentralized renewable energy
and energy efficient technology will help India fill this gap faster than
other economies." He further added "Joining hands with Infuse
Capital will not only provide an opportunity for scaling up high-growth
Dutch enterprises in the cleantech sector rapidly, but also help us raise
capital and provide strong access to local networks and government
agencies. This will also give us a chance to build a better understanding
of India's energy needs and be a part of the country's
Green Venture Capital
Start Green Venture Capital is an
early-stage clean-tech venture fund. Through two funds, Start Green invests
in entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to commercialize innovative and
sustainable technologies or products. The Start Green Sustainable
Innovation Fund targets sustainable technologies in general, while the
Start Green Consumer Products Fund invests in the development of
sustainable consumer products and technologies. Since its inception in
2006, Start Green has built a strong and well-diversified portfolio of 12
companies. Start Green's expertise lies in commercialization of
technology, minimizing investment risk and taking companies to the next
level of growth. The managing partners of Start Green Venture Capital,
Laura Rooseboom and Coenraad de Vries, have a total of more than 30 years
of experience in investing in early stage clean-tech
Infuse Capital is an India-centric early stage venture
fund focused on the sustainable energy sector. Managed by seasoned
investment professionals, Infuse Capital is backed by leading global
businesses and the Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India and is
housed at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, the leading
business school in India. Infuse Capital leverages the expertise of its
mentors and advisors which include leading energy entrepreneurs, investors,
policy makers and researchers from across the world.
This platform is designed as a catalyst for change makers at
all stages of their project (from idea development via startup to
established venture), with retreat-like spaces on the one side (offers for
treatment and concentration, reflection and development) as well as
co-working spaces on the other (keep working on your job whilst away from
the office, solve your most pressing challenges with peers and experts, get
up to date with the latest trends, design and pilot social business
approaches, implement the first/next steps).
The program includes interactive
activities and participatory methods such as buddy coaching & mentoring,
field trips to local social enterprises, open space conferences, world
café, etc. What makes the Nomads Hub special is that it is holistic
with a balance between DOING and BEING: giving support to the whole being,
not just the projects people are working on.
It seems a
contradiction but it's possible: a break from routine, a place to go
within and reevaluate whilst getting your work done in a beautiful
environment, surrounded by nature and meaningful questions of like-minded,
nurtured with healthy food for body & soul.
It is also
significantly longer than other existing events in India (e.g. Sankalp,
Villgro, TEDx, Social Mashup) and thus more of a winter academy or learning
journey, enabling real change to manifest and a community of continuous
support to emerge.
As a participant one joins a community of
professionals with similar values, sharing everything from design of
business models, management approaches, networks and
experiences. Click here to read more about it.
Shop for Change
Shop for Change Fair Trade is a
section 25 Not for Profit company set up by the NGOs International
Resources for Fairer Trade (IRFT) from India and Traidcraft Exchange from
the UK to find an innovative solution to the problems faced by of poor
farmers and artisans in India. Shop for Change (SFC) uses certification to
build the capacity of producer groups and improve their access to
value-added markets as well as protect the environment, promote social
equity and raise awareness among consumers. Shop for Change has four main
functions; certification, business services, producer services and
By consulting a broad cross-section of businesses,
academics, farmer and artisan organisations and consumers SFC can set fair
trade standards that are designed to meet the unique challenges faced by
Indian farmers and artisans. The SFC certification system is participatory,
so that the certification process itself works to empower farmers and
artisans. Certification also works on a continual improvement basis to
remove barriers for new farmers and artisans wanting to enter into the
system. They use independent auditors to check that standards are being.
Those standards are kept under constant review so that they remain relevant
to the situation on the ground.
Shop for Change engages brands and
retailers about the fair trade concept and provides supply chain services,
linking up businesses to the suppliers they need. We use marketing and
promotional campaigns to support the sale of products that carry the Shop
for Change Mark and help businesses communicate about their involvement in
fair trade. Shop for Change standards also ensure consistent supply of
market quality products for buyers.
With promotional campaigns and online marketing SFC
generates media coverage to build a network of informed consumers to spread
the fair trade message in India and grow the market for Shop for Change
Fair Trade certified goods. They work with likeminded organisations to
highlight the plight of disadvantaged farmers and artisans and build the
fair trade movement in India. Click here to read more about it.
Artha Partner Ennovent has launched its online Global Network on www.ennovent.com.
The online Global Network will bring together entrepreneurs, investors
and experts to discover, finance and scale the best solutions that make a
sustainable impact on low income people. Register for free and create
an impact at the BoP!
U Reducing, Reusing, Recycling (RUR)
RUR aims at creating an
environmentally aware society in which individuals adopt green consumption
practices whereby they reduce, reuse and recycle. In the first year, the project plans to adopt 10 market places
across Mumbai and make them plastic-free zones. Additionally, it also aims
to train women in slum areas to make and produce eco-friendly cloth bags.
In the next three years, the project expects to reach out to 3000 market
vendors. Monisha, Sumegha and Sejal came together after having met through
their children's school and discovering they were connected by a common
passion for the environment. The team has been running their environment
forum RUR and has succeeded in getting 20 outlets of a retail chain to use
cloth bags at check out.
aims to provide a means for the Indian consumers to make an impact on the
fair trade, ethical, organic market without having to alter their
lifestyle. This impact would improve the conditions of farmers in the
cotton belt and factory workers, as well as the environment through ethical
trade practices. No Nasties also uses the fair trade premium for community
development: schools, hospitals, storage warehouses, funds for distressed
farmers, solar power, etc.
Apurva has 8 years experience in product design in startups and
enterprises, while Diti works as a freelance Graphic Designer with
experience in Design Strategy and Communications. Due to limited options in
eco-friendly clothing brands as a consumer, Apurva and Diti teamed up to
build a business that could fill this void and be sustainable in all
aspects - financially, socially and environmentally – as well as be
fashionable & stylish.
advantage of India
Strategies for sustainability are often counter-intuitive: No is really
yes, up is really down. This is true for companies and countries alike.
Over the past five years, Stuart L. Hart has been working extensively in
both China and India. The contrasts could not be more stark.
China: Five year plans, massive investment, rapid
industrialization, infrastructure development, new town planning, national
highway system, high-speed rail, new airports.
India: Messy democracy, corruption, mass
migration to cities, chaotic slums and shantytowns, poor infrastructure,
inadequate roads, antiquated rail system.
Many point to China as
the model, with its gleaming skyscrapers, maglev trains, freshly paved
highways, and massive new towns. But will they regret it in a decade when
the full impact of Peak Oil hits? Will many of these investments, so
dependent on increasing consumption of fossil fuels, become like giant
Stuart L. Hart stated " It hit me on my most recent
trip to India, where I am involved in founding a new Indian Institute for
Sustainable Enterprise in Bangalore, that India's apparent ineptitude may
turn out to be its "silver lining." With 600,000 villages, 700 million plus
rural farmers, burgeoning slums, inadequate infrastructure, and a culture
of transparency and entrepreneurship, India still has a chance to steer the
country in a different direction".
India can draw upon all of its
ancient knowledge and traditions while at the same time applying the best
of the emerging clean and sustainable technologies to "leapfrog" to what
India can take a "green leap" into
future precisely because it has not used up all its seed corn on the "Old
- sustainable agriculture
- distributed generation
- renewable energy
- IT-enabled development
- inclusive wealth creation
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