Category: India

Impact funds in India

While there are many tech startups in India targetting the urban population, there are some impacting the lives of the rest 80 per cent Out of the total 1.3 billion population in India, around 80 per cent are living in…

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…

In India, latrines are lifesavers

Chandramani Jani in front of a public awareness mural about toilets and sanitation by her home in Chakarliguda.  Credit Vivekananda Nemana The mural on the wall outside of Chandramani Jani’s home is more message than art. It depicts a sari-clad woman…

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

$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,…