“No offense, but VCs are overrated.” I listened quietly as an entrepreneur who’d recently closed a round of funding voiced his frustration. “One day they’re investing in your business model, and the next day, they want to fundamentally alter it.” It’s nothing I hadn’t heard before – skepticism of their VC’s motives, claiming they seemed […]
In case you haven’t noticed, many players in the impact investing universe, from accelerators to funds, are using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for their efforts. That is, the 17 SDGs are becoming a standardized language for assessing impact. Unitus Seed Fund recently announced it’s joined the club. According to managing partner […]
In an effort to efficiently filter FinTech startups in the Indian market to focus on companies that meet our investment criteria by enabling financial inclusion, we have complied a list of questions we ask startups that pitch to us. We’ve listed questions in key sub-sectors that we have been particularly interested in and are actively […]
Findings from a survey of 152 EdTech entrepreneurs and 15 investors. 5 September 2017, Bangalore. Unitus Seed Fund, India’s leading impact venture fund investing in early-stage startups innovating for the masses today released a report ‘Build to Scale: Edtech Report 2017.’ The report covers trends in India’s EdTech space with a focus on varied business […]
Startup Founders, Best Be Prepared! Venture capitalists invest in a startup that effectively demonstrates how it is “all in” for persevering to develop business – whatever it takes. Over the last four years, we, at Unitus Seed Fund have evaluated nearly 3,000 startups, to finally invest in 25. This demonstrates an important factor – a yield of 1%. So, […]
If you’re involved in startups, you know how trends can grip an industry. Excitement builds around specific subsectors or technologies, which in turn leads to the creation of more startups, which in turn leads to more hype. But remember – You’ve not entered a sector, just because it’s #trending In my experience, signing on to […]
Even though top mentors are nestled in the tight entrepreneurial networks of tier 1 cities, the startup ecosystem mustn’t work in isolation if it wants to see big things happen. What’s Happening in Incubation in India Today? What the startup ecosystem knows as an ‘incubator’ today is a concept primarily pulled from the hallowed palm […]
Initiated in 2015, Speed2Seed is a unique program supporting early-stage entrepreneurs emerging out of India’s incubators and accelerators to become strong, investment-ready startups.
Timely availability of credit from formal institutions is Indian agriculture’s achilles’ heel. Can startups innovating in fintech help India’s small & marginal farmers?