Acumen’s mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies and ideas. It injects patient capital in business models that deliver critical goods and services to low-income individuals, in sectors such as healthcare, energy, education, sanitation, and housing. Since 2001, Acumen has invested more than USD 88 million in 82 companies across East and West Africa, India, and Pakistan. The company is also building a global community of leaders who have the skill, capacity, and moral imagination to solve the world’s toughest problems; and is committed to sharing lessons, ideas, and insights with the rest of the world.
Founded in 2002, the Aavishkaar Intellecap Group is one of the global pioneers in taking an entrepreneurship-based approach to development. The group has over USD 350 million in assets, and a diverse team comprising 2,000 team members across three continents – Asia, Africa, and the US. Together, the team works towards a common vision – to improve the lives of the other 3 billion. Aavishkaar Intellecap Group has directed USD 600 million as capital to entrepreneurs who work on these challenges through equity funds, venture debt vehicle, microfinance lending, or investment banking intermediation.
Unitus Seed Fund is the leading ‘impact’ venture fund investing in startups innovating for the masses in India. Unitus invests in diverse sectors including healthcare, education, and financial services. Founded in 2012, the company is managed by Capria Ventures which is part of the Unitus Group – a premier financial services group operating in India and other emerging markets since 2000.
Villgro is India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubator. It funds, mentors, and incubates early-stage, innovation-based social enterprises that impact the lives of India’s underprivileged. Since 2001, the company has incubated 119 such enterprises that have secured over USD 17 million in follow-on funding and touched over 15 million lives.