Category: Social impact

Indian organic fertilizer company

Chilasa Venture Philanthropy, a pioneer in supporting micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) through its investment ecosystem, today announced an investment in GloTech Organics Pvt Ltd, an Indian agricultural product manufacturer specialising in neem and seaweed based organic fertilisers. The United…

Mentorship for young African entrepreneurs

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama and Ugandan multi-millionaire tycoon Ashish J. Thakkar, on Friday officially launched Mara Mentor, an African multi-lingual online portal and mobile App for youth mentorship and entrepreneurship, in Ghana, as part of his government’s efforts in cultivating…

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.…

Sensors warn when water pumps fail

Sensors are being used in everything from remotely monitoring cracks in bridges to playing with your pet while you’re at work. So why not apply them to improving the lives of struggling people in under-developed countries by, say,  providing access to…

Tools to improve African agriculture

The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development weaves a picture through maps that shows the opportunities for increased smallholder productivity in Africa. (shutterstock) The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently published The Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development (Atlas), which…

Investment in pediatric health care in India

Making affordable pediatric primary care available to a wide-range of urban Indian children  18 June 2014. Bangalore, India: Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in AddressHealth, India’s first pediatric primary healthcare network, providing comprehensive care…

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…