Month: April 2014

Questions about angel investing

Whether an entrepreneur is starting a social enterprise in Africa or a high tech venture, the first capital after friends and family is likely to come from angel investors.  For those entrepreneurs, we offer some basics as provided by our…

Health tech innovations changing South Africa

In the last few years tech companies have jumped on the wearable tech bandwagon with popular gadgets like the Fitbit or Samsung’s Gear Fit. There are also hundreds of fitness apps taking the smartphone world by storm. The importance of health technologies is becoming more prevalent as everyone, from athletes to housewives, have realised the […]

Impact investing scales rapidly in India

Sectors like microfinance institutions, financial inclusion and healthcare together received 82% of the investment. Photo: Mint Mumbai: Impact investing firms, which invest to deliver social benefits alongside financial returns, have put $1.6 billion (around Rs.9,600 crore) into India since 2000, mostly in…

Water scarcity creates needs for investment

Interview with Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte From Fortune Brainstorm Green to SXSW Eco and beyond, Will Sarni is one of world’s most sought-after speakers on global water and sustainability issues — and with good reason. Author of Corporate Water…

Ten innovative social entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) recently announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Like the years before, the 10 finalists have been chosen for their practical, innovative solutions to local problems that are unique to the African continent. From South…

A green revolution in Africa

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. In 1944, Borlaug moved to Mexico to work on breeding high-yield, disease-resistant strains of wheat. Mexico adopted them — and in 1970, wheat…

What we look for in founders

1. Determination This has turned out to be the most important quality in startup founders. We thought when we started Y Combinator that the most important quality would be intelligence. That’s the myth in the Valley. And certainly you don’t…

M-KOPA Solar hits 60,000 users in Kenya

Established in 2011 to end the dependency on kerosene lamps and fuel in Kenya, M-KOPA Solar, an innovative asset financing company that sells solar home systems to off grid households, on an affordable 12-month mobile money payment plan via Safaricom’s M-Pesa, has announced that it has hit over 60 000 users countrywide. The firm said […]

Tackling India’s sanitation problem

Nagaraja Prakasam is an Acumen India Partner and an independent Director at GUARDIAN. He is also a full-time angel investor and recently founded the Impact arm of the Indian Angel Network.  New data released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) earlier this year has once again underlined the woeful state of sanitation in India, […]

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