India has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations, not only for investment but also for doing business in the recent years. It’s one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is expected to grow at consistently high rates during the next few decades.
While poverty is on the retreat, a large part of the population in India continues to be underserved, and long-term challenges remain significant: discrimination against women and girls, exclusion of people from lower casts, an inefficient power generation and distribution system (300 million people lack access to electricity), ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights, inadequate transport and agricultural infrastructure, insufficient access to financial services (120 million rural households are unbanked), limited non-agricultural employment opportunities, high government spending and poorly targeted subsidies, and inadequate availability of quality basic and higher education (500 million people lack secondary education or skills training). The organized/formal sector that can provide jobs to these youths can never absorb all of them. Therefore, there is a need to create enterprises that can be job creators, mainly in rural India and at the same time offer services to people that now lack access to basic services like for example healthcare, skills training, electricity and alike.
In India we invest with equity instruments. We typically invest in pre-series A, Series A and Series B with an initial ticket size of up to USD 2M.
We are an active investor, and we support our investees by participating in the Board and opening up our network and potential other resources to support the company in its growth.
We are sector agnostic and invest across sectors where positive impact is achieved for underserved population.
The dynamics and opportunities of the target country will drive the focus on specific sectors. Though the Fund is sector agnostic, the Fund invests typically in SMEs in the following sectors because of the impact potential:
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