Unitus Seed Fund is a new $11 million seed-stage investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that invests in startups serving large, underserved low-income populations. We help startups “prepare for growth” via seed funding, strategic & operating support, providing critical connections, and securing growth capital.
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About Unitus Group
The Unitus Group, founded in 2000, has extensive experience in pioneering early-stage equity and debt investing in more than 50 early-stage businesses serving low-income (base of the economic pyramid or “BoP”) populations in India, Southeast Asia, China, Africa and Latin America markets. Unitus Labs, a public nonprofit, has incubated and spun-out four for-profit ventures to scale-up promising models. The Unitus Group is organized as a collaborative federation with each entity managed by an independent leadership team. Affiliates of 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.
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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.