Accion Venture Lab is the leading seed-stage investment firm for financial inclusion. Venture Lab invests capital and provides support to spur startups that are improving financial access for the globally underserved, fostering innovation and accelerating the growth of industries that support financial inclusion. Since its inception in 2012, Venture Lab has invested in 19 enterprises and screened nearly 1,000 companies in the financial inclusion space. V-Lab is part of Accion, a world pioneer in microfinance who over the last 40 years has helped build 63 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in 32 countries on four continents. Four of V-Lab’s 19 investments work in India, and Accion has worked actively in the India market for several years, including through early investments in microfinance institutions, Swadhaar and Saija.
Villgro Innovations Foundation is India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubator, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 103 such enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 873 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 6.8 million lives.
The Artha Initiative of Rianta Capital is focused on impact investment in social enterprise in India, with a concentration on the agriculture, livelihoods and small-scale renewable energy sectors. This program is committed to principles of sustainability in the impact created by motivated entrepreneurs seeking to create appropriate products and services for the BoP. Rianta Capital Zurich is an investment advisory based in Zurich that provides advice and management support to the trusts and investment companies associated with the Principal Family.