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 […]
India’s largest employer is, and has always been, agriculture. The sector contributes to 17 percent of India’s GDP and employs over 56 percent of its workforce. Yet, it remains largely unorganised and fragmented. Smallholder farmers, or those owning less than five acres constitute 80 percent of the entire farming community. Despite large investments by government and […]
Collaborative initiative by iSPIRT, Dalberg, India Stack, Unitus Seed Fund, Bharat Innovation Fund and Omidyar Network Flexible, insight driven, funding of up to $6,000 for early stage, innovative models Coaching, mentoring, pitching support 4th August, 2017, Bangalore: Dalberg and iSPIRT in collaboration with Unitus Seed Fund, Bharat Innovations Fund and Omidyar Network launched #BuildOnIndiaStack – a venture pitch competition for early-stage startups, building on […]
According to a global quarterly report by KPMG, last year, USD $24.7 billion was invested in FinTech companies across the globe. India too has witnessed a flurry of venture capital investments, particularly in the areas of SME lending, P2P lending, mobile wallets, payment services and robo-advisory. As a venture capital firm investing in startups “impacting the […]
Potential Vs. Action Aadhaar, e-KYC, UPI and Digilocker are buzz words most Indian startups use liberally in their pitches to garner investor attention. But are they truly leveraging the power of India Stack? Perhaps yes, however there hasn’t been much action on-the-ground to prove this. While there are several startups that aim to use India […]
Timely availability of credit from formal institutions is Indian agriculture’s achilles’ heel. Can startups innovating in fintech help India’s small & marginal farmers?
The buzz around FinTech has never been stronger than now. But among the dizzying reports of growth, innovation and funding, that question that isn’t getting raised is — Can there be more such Motifs that can use data innovatively to eradicate the multi-headed monster called ‘Financial Exclusion’?
As a Seed Fund, we come across at least 3–5 new fintech startups every week. Undoubtedly, few of them have path-breaking ideas with true potential for disruption but most of them are me-too companies boasting of swanky tech platforms with very little innovation.
Entrepreneurs and big corporates are experimenting with several business models to provide water to India’s underserved rural masses.
Millap Social Venture’s co-founders have broken the stereotype of young entrepreneurs, starting India’s largest micro-lending website at the age of 22. How much does age matter when starting a business? Anoj Viswanathan, co-founder of Milaap Social Ventures, began working with his startup when he was 22—a year after he graduated from the National University of Singapore. Despite […]