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Q&A With India’s Impact Investment Pioneer: Avishkaar’s Vineet Rai

Q&A With India’s Impact Investment Pioneer: Avishkaar’s Vineet Rai

Vineet Rai set up what is widely considered to be India’s first social impact investment fund in 2001. What started as a micro-fund management company with approximately $60,000 has grown to nearly $300 million. Rai’s experience working in the dense forests of Odisha and leading the Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network helped him understand the need for capital in underdeveloped rural sectors. The Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group now manages investments in social enterprises leading rural microfinance, sanitation, education, energy and agricultural development.

Indian Family Offices Embrace Impact Investing

Indian Family Offices Embrace Impact Investing

Impact investing is on the rise among family offices in India. According to private equity data firm Preqin, Asia-based family office investments were dominated by healthcare, education and clean technology deals in 2017. These impact investments have had grea...

Impact Investing Gaining Traction in Asia

Impact Investing Gaining Traction in Asia

Impact investing is gaining traction among the wealthy in Asia. Impact investments in the region have grown by a compounded annual rate of 28% in the last five years and now make up 14.4% of the global total, according to the Global Impact Investments Network (GIIN).

Africapitalism: The Vision of Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holdings Founder

Africapitalism: The Vision of Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holdings Founder

Nigerian entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu coined the phrase Africapitalism. “First, we can’t talk about the digital economy in Africa without fixing critical infrastructure like the digital connectivity issue. It is a major issue and we can’t fix it if we don’t have reliable access to electricity,” he said at the Digital Economy for Africa forum at the World Bank Group’s annual Spring meetings held in Washington D.C. last April.

Private Wealth Funding Nex Gen Waste Management Startups

Private Wealth Funding Nex Gen Waste Management Startups

Startups that address the growing, global need for solid waste management solutions are attracting the attention of private wealth. In 2012 the world’s cities generated 1.3 billion tons of solid waste annually and with rapid population growth and urbanization, this is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, according to World Bank researchers. The global solid waste management market will reach $1.296 trillion in 2022, according to a report by Research and Markets.

Family offices joining push for online education in India

Family offices joining push for online education in India

The Reliance family office is picking up a 72.69% stake, worth about US$180 million, in Embibe, an AI-based education platform that uses personalization and customization tools to tailor learning and testing for students wanting to appear for entrance exams in engineering and medical fields. The investment will strengthen course content and expand into multiple languages and geographies.

ESG investments becoming stronger in Asia

ESG investments becoming stronger in Asia

Asian investing habits, a lot more bottom-line driven in its outlook, has for long not looked deeper at environmental, social and governance concerns (ESG). However, that is slowly and definitely changing with more acceptance of investment responsibility tow...

Solar power sunrise in India

Solar power sunrise in India

The sun is shining in India. The Government of India has put down a commitment to achieve 175 GW (1 GW = 1000MW)) capacity in renewable energy by 2022 of which 100GW will be through solar. India is worried about climate change and population growth and has been on...

Founded By The Glatz Family…Introducing The Impact Club

Founded By The Glatz Family…Introducing The Impact Club

The business world is increasingly participating in Impact Investing, a way to bring balance between profit and sustainability. Investors are realizing that it is up to us to ensure that growth is in harmony with human life, the environment and the planet.

Canadian Family Office Seeking “better-for-you” profits

Canadian Family Office Seeking “better-for-you” profits

Life revolves around food. Long-term growth is a given in the food business. And of course, the TV channels with their string of chef shows will not let you forget it for a moment. But a change is coming, and it is coming rapidly. Pro-planet, sustainable, healthy, o...

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