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Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy?
Deborah Keller, Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy? 04 Jul 2017
Deborah Keller, 04 Jul 2017

Impact Time: Social venture funds target Rs 5,000 crore this year

MUMBAI: The positive outlook among investors seems to have rubbed off on social sector-focused investments, with venture capital funds focused on the social sector planning to raise something in the region of Rs 5,000 crore in 2015. Also called impact investing, these social sector focused funds put money in companies that have the potential to usher in social change in the country. Read more »

Upaya, Artha Initiative to Co-Invest, Expand Management Resources Available to Job Creating Small and Growing Businesses in India

Zurich, Switzerland & Seattle, Washington, 19 NOVEMBER 2014 -- Upaya Social Ventures and the Artha Initiative are proud to announce that they have formalized a collaboration through which they will work together to develop a pipeline of and co-invest in India’s Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector. Read more »
Financial Services

Former Apple CEO John Sculley plans to launch NBFC for SME lending in India

By Bhawna Gupta Last year, his firm Inflexionpoint acquired majority stake in Delhi-based Iris Computers Read more »
Financial Services

Innovations in philanthropic funding

A majority of the investments in social ventures come from regular VC funds by Malvika Joshi Read more »

Blindness shouldn't be a barrier to banking: ending discrimination in India

Article by P Rajasekharan in Chennai In India, disabled people are excluded from microfinance due to ill thought out systems. How can we change attitudes? Read more »

Tata Social Enterprise Challenge

The Tata Group has announced the commencement of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge (TSEC) 2014-15, a joint initiative with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), to find India's most promising early-stage social enterprises. Read more »

Launch of new India Impact Acceleration Program

Unitus Seed Fund is a new $20 million seed-stage investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups serving large, underserved low-income populations in India. We help startups “prepare for growth” via seed funding, strategic & operating support, providing critical connections, and securing growth capital. Read more »
Energy and Power

Bihar's first all-solar village flickers to life

DHARNAI, India – Suresh Manjhi, 30, no longer has to walk five kilometres to and from Makhdumpur, the nearest town, to charge his mobile phone, or rely on kerosene-fuelled earthen lamps for light once darkness falls. These days, the street outside his home is brightly lit at night. Read more »
Energy and Power

Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration

For a growing number of companies, cleantech promises innovations and opportunities at the base of the pyramid Read more »

Impact Investing in India: Poised to Grow?

Impact investments are expected to increase globally this year, with South Asia and Southeast Asia among the top target regions, according to a recent survey by JPMorgan and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). This could bode well, in particular, for India’s nascent impact investment sector, which is one of the most active in the region. Read more »