About us

Unitus Seed Fund is a seed-stage venture investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups innovating for the masses in India. We help startups “prepare for growth” via seed funding, strategic & operating support, providing critical connections, and securing growth capital.

Unitus Seed Fund People

Leadership Team

Our leadership team has extensive experience as early-stage investors and as both startup entrepreneurs and scale-up executives building businesses in India, USA and globally. Also see our investing and operating team, fund advisors,venture advisors, investors, and strategic service providers.

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Investing & Operating Team

Unitus Seed Fund has a dedicated team of professionals who manage investment sourcing, due diligence, transactions, monitoring, support, ecosystem development, research, marketing, communications, and back office operations. Also see our leadership team, startup scouts, venture advisors, fund advisors, catapult partners, and strategic service providers.

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Fund Advisors

Our fund advisors help us with fund strategy, investment decision-making, and fund management. Also see our venture advisors.

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WORK WITH US

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Our Entrepreneur Support Community

Scouts

Unitus Seed Fund is now present in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar!

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Venture Advisors

Unitus Seed Fund has partnered with a group of very accomplished and experienced entrepreneurs and executives to help us find, support, and accelerate the development of our portfolio companies. Also see our fund advisors.

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Catapult Partners

The aim of our Catapult Partners Program is to help entrepreneurs rapidly improve their business fundamentals in preparation for rapid growth. Our catapult partners are experts in their field of work and love working with startups to help them build a solid foundation.

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Our Investors

Fund Investors Global

Global Fund institutional investors include Crystal Springs FoundationLemelson FoundationMichael & Susan Dell FoundationDeshpande Foundation, Wadhwani Foundation, Sorenson Impact Foundation and Unitus Labs. Global Fund individual investors include Bill Gates (Microsoft, Gates Foundation),  Jeff Clark (Impact Investment Leaders), Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), Hari Kumar (Formerly Goldman Sachs), Steve Singh (Concur Technologies), Diego Piacentini (Amazon), Geeta Aiyer (Boston Common Asset Management) and Bob Gay (Co-Founder of Bain Capital), and many more. See India Fund Investors >

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Fund Investors India

The investors of Unitus Seed Fund India, the first India seed-stage impact venture fund available to India investors, includes leadership investors such as T.V. Mohandas Pai (Formerly Infosys CFO), Dr. Ranjan Pai (CEO of Manipal Education and Medical Group) and Hemendra Kothari (Chairman, DSP Blackrock). See all Global Fund investors >

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Investing Strategy

We are currently the most active seed venture investor supporting startups innovating for the masses in India. We have raised over $20 million in investment commitments from a group of leadership investors both inside and outside of India. We are looking to make 10-12 new investments per year. We are part of the Unitus Group that has been operating since 2000.

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Unitus Seed Fund in the Media

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Our Affiliations

Unitus Group

Unitus Seed Fund is a part of the Unitus Group, a leader in early-stage equity and debt capital market development for businesses serving low-income (base of the economic pyramid or “BoP”) populations in India, Southeast Asia, China, Africa and Latin America markets. Affiliates of the Unitus Group include:

  • Unitus Equity Fund is the first commercially-funded venture fund focused on early-stage microfinance institutions. Managed by Elevar Equity.
  • Unitus Impact is actively investing in early-stage businesses which create BoP livelihoods opportunities.
  • Unitus Capital is the leading financial advisory firm in India focused raising capital for businesses serving BoP populations.
  • Unitus Seed Fund invests in startups which create opportunities for large low-income populations in developing countries.
  • Unitus Labs, a public nonprofit, incubates ventures with promising scale-up potential.

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IIIC

Unitus Seed Fund is a founding member of the Indian Impact Investors Council (IIIC), a member-based industry body that aims to catalyze the growth of the impact investing sector in India. The main objectives of IIIC are:

  • Impact Measurement and Standardization: Set standards for impact investing in India and function as the nodal body for impact measurement and reporting;  develop impact assessment and measurement frameworks
  • Research and Policy Support: Engage with policy makers to facilitate creation of a conducive policy framework for the impact investor community
  • Brand Building/ Public Affairs: Strengthen the India impact sector story by disseminating information about the impact sector

GIIN

Unitus Seed Fund is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). The GIIN is the leading nonprofit dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measureable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. Our membership signifies a commitment to deepening our engagement in the impact investing industry.

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