Category: Expectations of risk and return

Interview with pioneer impact investor

Eric Savage is a Duke and Harvard-educated American investment banker who chose to leave a high-flying career with Citigroup in Hong Kong to come to Bengaluru in 2008. Here he launched Unitus Capital, a firm that specialises in helping social…

Social impact fund to raise $400m

  MUMBAI: Aavishkar, the country’s biggest social entrepreneurship-focused venture capital fund, is set to raise $400 million (Rs 2,500 crore) in 2015. This would be the biggest amount raised by any fund focusing on the social sector or impact investing in the…

$1.6b in impact investing 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,…

Who cares about impact investing

……Unlike socially responsible investing’s focus on screening out certain types of companies such polluters, impact investing proactively backs a project or firm engaged in an effort important to the investor. An investment could include a bond offering for an alternative…

Investing to make a difference

 David Keller has 10 percent of his wealth in  investments intended to generate a benefit to society or the environment. Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times  IF there is a traditional path to becoming an impact investor, it is the one…

Opes invests in Indian start-up Boond

Cleantech start-up Boond Engineering & Development has raised an undisclosed amount of investment in its Series A round led by Opes Impact fund. Two members of the Ennovent Circle – Rianta Capital and Sumantra Roy also participated in this round.…

Running the numbers

Over the last 30 years I have found it useful to constantly and obsessively “Run the Numbers” when I look at any business opportunity. I try to do this in a way that quickly strikes to the heart of any…

Angel investment for African start-ups

NewGenAngels is a members-only investment club that wants to highlight the cream of Africa’s early-stage business crop. The Angel investment group has a keen focus on the diaspora and, with rather deep pockets, is looking to deploy between US$150 000 and…

Impact investing in francophone Africa

Issam Chleuh is the 27-year-old Malian national and founder of the Africa Impact Group, an advisory, research, data and news service provider that specialises in impact investing in francophone Africa. Impact investing refers to investments made into companies or funds…

Before meeting an investor

an entrepreneur should know at least these principles — Almost all startups – whether they are in major hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston or New York or less metropolitan areas like Kansas City, Miss. – face the same problem. Every…