Category: Investment types

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…

Building the impact investing market

Fishermen pull their fishing boat to the shore after their day’s job on Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Babu When the UK’s Department for International Development [DFID] launched the Impact Programme, just over a…

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…

Solar crusader lights up Africa

Built in Africa focuses on entrepreneurs, startups and technologies that are affecting the continent and empowering the African people. When you look at the supposed “dark” continent, its social and economic problems are abundantly clear. But it seems that Africa’s entrepreneurs are stepping up and trying to find ways to solve some of these challenges. […]

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…

Social impact investor offers steps to begin

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact investor and advocate of sustainable agriculture, offers four steps to getting started in social impact investing. According to the February 18 article published by FOX Business titled “How to Start Social Impact Investing,” more people are expressing…

Virtual City Automates Agricultural Supply Chains in East Africa

A low-cost version of the mobile data management service Agrimanagr will automate agricultural processing supply chains and help professionalize smallholder farmers

Nairobi, Kenya, June 5, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, today announced a $1.5 million convertible debt investment in Virtual City,[…..]