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It’s the dawn of social-impact investing in India; valuations, exits surge

Social-impact ventures saw a rush of profitable exits in 2019 amid climbing valuations. Impact investing seems to be catching on in India, in line with global trends. But it’s still early days — many potential investors are still waiting for companies to prove their business and social-impact models.
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17 Jan 2020 4 Mins Read 2 comments
Courtesy of Omidyar and Aavishkaar via Facebook
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It may be the coming of age of impact investing in India. Social-impact ventures rewarded investors in 2019. A bevy of “profitable exits” has reinforced the belief that impact investors can make high-portfolio returns, believe industry leaders. The proof of the pudding, after all, is in the eating. Sample this: Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment arm of eBay
had its share of portfolio losses as well. The impact investor managed to sell its portfolio company U2opia Mobile to Comcroft Global at a 28% loss. “If you’re a tech-focused impact investor, you should be ready to face setbacks. There’s always a good chance of disruptors getting disrupted here. So, expect setbacks, but stay resilient,” Kudva sums it up.
It may be the coming of age of impact investing in India. Social-impact ventures rewarded investors in 2019. A bevy of “profitable exits” has reinforced the belief that impact investors can make high-portfolio returns, believe industry leaders. The proof of the pudding, after all, is in the eating. Sample this: Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment arm of eBay had its share of portfolio losses as well. The impact investor managed to sell its portfolio company U2opia Mobile to Comcroft Global at a 28% loss. “If you’re a tech-focused impact investor, you should be ready to face setbacks. There’s always a good chance of disruptors getting disrupted here. So, expect setbacks, but stay resilient,” Kudva sums it up.

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