ABOUT IMPACT INVESTING
Impact investing was once viewed as a niche area involving a trade-off between value and “values”. This is no longer the case. Impact investing is now going mainstream; it’s something investors cannot afford to ignore. By showing that profit and social and environmental benefit can run hand in hand, the field of impact investing is revolutionizing finance by combining portfolio and purpose.
THE PUSH FACTORS
- COVID-19 and it’s socio-economic impact
- Societal and demographic changes
- Greater investment conviction
- Growing awareness among investors that social factors can be tied to a company’s long-term growth potential
- Increased regulation and government focus; for instance, as the impact of climate change becomes more noticeable
- Findings of global researches backing the promise of impact investing for financial returns and societal good
IMPACT INVESTING IN INDIA*
|US$ 5.2 Bn||Cumulative Investment in India during 2010-16|
|45%||of tde impact investments happen in emerging markets|
|4.9 Years||Average holding period|
|11%||Weighted average IRR|
|48%||Capital infused by mainstream funds|
|60 – 80 Mn||Annual beneficiaries|
*Source: McKinsey & Company, Impact Investing: Purpose-driven finance finds its place in India, 2017
NEED & OPPORTUNITY SCENARIO
The impact investing market has been offering diverse and viable opportunities for investors to advance social and environmental solutions through investments that also produce financial returns.
The concept of impact investing has not gained popularity in investor communities like Rajasthan. However, grounded business intelligence, traditional inclination towards social good and growing interest into startup investments, makes it the right combination to introduce the concept of Impact Investing to startup investors of Rajasthan.
GREATER OBJECTIVE BEHIND THIS WEBINAR SERIES:
- Unleashing the potential of impact investing
- Bringing mainstream investors to impact investment stream
- Presenting case studies of successful social investments and ventures
- Connecting existing social startups with investors
- Boosting social innovation in the state
Socio-economic challenges posed by COVID-19, the economic slowdown, enhanced awareness towards health, hygiene, wellness and immunity, concerns towards food security, cleaner environment, and financial wellbeing have created an opportunity for startups to ideate and come up with fitting solutions. On the other hand, the investors have new avenues to invest in and support these fresh ideas.
The Webinar Series would exclusively focus on Accessible & Effective Healthcare & Wellness, Affordable & Holistic Education, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security and Liveable Climate & Ecology.
Healthcare is one of the top sectors for impact investor. Three key reasons for optimism in the sector are:
a) Increasing awareness of and demand for healthcare & wellness, as technology provides access to information and the middle class grows;
b) Increasing role of the private sector;
c) Growth in healthcare spending
- Healthcare & wellness in tier II and tier III cities
- Organised secondary or specialised care facilities
- Investing in disruptive technologies
Education now represents the largest impact sector, alongside agriculture, in terms of interest from Indian impact investors. The education sector is also rife with regulatory and structural challenges allowing for-profit companies to get around this.
- Disruptive education services enabled through technology
- School space
- Non-school space
Sustainable agriculture as a thematic investment is relatively new in the impact investing industry; but while a few companies currently work or invest in this area, it is a growing market.
- Agriculture & Crop Production
- Food technology (organic, seeds, fertilizers, apps, monitoring systems etc)
- Packaging, Storage & Distribution
- Ensuring Food Security till the last mile
Investment in this theme is considered multi-impact investment as this field affects the microclimate, food supply, industrial chain, health, wellness, productivity and the environment overall. In this sense, Climate Improvement is intrinsically linked to other impact themes.
- Clean air technologies
- Water conservation and waste water management
- Green and low-carbon technologies
- TiE Members
- Social Impact Startups
- Eco-System Enabler
THE OPPORTUNITY AHEAD (TRENDSETTER SESSION)
THEMATIC PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH EXPERTS
- 2 sessions each theme
- 1 session each month
- Moderated thematic session with Impact Entrepreneur + Impact Investor
- July 2020 – March 2021