KawiSafi Ventures is a $100m private equity impact fund anchored by Green Climate Fund and designed to finance enterprises with core business models that address the off-grid solar ecosystems in East Africa to provide universal access to energy to people located beyond the foreseeable grid connection and at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Lack of electricity and high kerosene use will be addressed through affordable clean household solar energy solutions such as solar lanterns, solar home system and solar mini-grids.
Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $650 million to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, property rights, government transparency, and social media.
Gray Ghost Ventures is an impact investing firm dedicated to providing market-based solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets. Gray Ghost Ventures focuses on serving these low-income communities through for-profit investment in operating companies or investment funds, ecosystem development and capacity building. Gray Ghost Ventures’ areas of interest include microfinance, impact ventures, affordable private schools and advancing this growing impact-investing market through action and education.
NewQuest is the leading direct secondaries private equity platform focused on the Asia-Pacific region. NewQuest was established in 2011 from the spin out of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Asian Private Equity team. NewQuest has extensive experience in sourcing, executing, managing, and divesting private equity and special situation stakes across Asia and currently manages three funds with aggregate original capital commitments of over US$1.2 billion.
Acumen Fund is a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Formed in 2001, Acumen raises charitable donations to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers. Acumen invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.
Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. Garage invests in software, services, clean technology, and material sciences, and seeks entrepreneurial teams with big ideas and a need for seed capital to turn their ideas into great companies.
Energy Access Ventures is the first venture firm that focuses on investing in the growing number of dynamic and innovative companies that are taking on the challenge of energy access in Africa. With a team that has substantial investment and operating experience, and backers from industry and development finance, the firm brings a unique, hands-on approach to its portfolio companies that will ensure it has a transformative impact in its target markets. The fund is sponsored by the leading French multinational Schneider Electric.
Nexus Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm in India, investing in innovative early and early-growth-stage companies across sectors in India and the U.S. With funds of $320 million under management, Nexus has an active portfolio of over 20 companies. Nexus has recently been named as one of only two firms from India in the Red Herring Top 100 Global Venture Capital firms and voted India’s Best VC firm in 2009 by Venture Intelligence APEX. Nexus invests in based in India or the U.S. that address Indian or global markets, or have technologies relevant for India and emerging markets.
The $6 billion Mahindra Group is among the top ten industrial houses in India. The Group has a leading presence in key sectors of the Indian economy, including financial services, trade and logistics, automotive components, information technology, and infrastructure development.