Social enterprises in India received $1.6 bn: Intellecap

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Apr 11 2014, 03:26am hrs
Social EnterprisesMainstream venture capital and private equity funds invested USD 906 million in enterprises. (Reuters)
Investors have pumped $1.6 billion in 220 social enterprises in India over the last 14 years, a report said today.

Of the USD 1.6 billion invested in the country since 2000, USD 435 million was made by dedicated impact investors like Aavishkar, Omidyar Network among others, the report by social advisory firm Intellecap said.

Mainstream venture capital and private equity funds invested USD 906 million in enterprises which have a social relevance, while the rest was done by other investors, it said.

The report, which is the first on impact investing, said all kind of investors, including angels, family offices, venture capitalists, private equity, domestic financial institutions and foundations, have invested in social enterprises in the last 14 years.

Looking at the investments from sectoral perspective, healthcare, agriculture and clean energy attracted investments of USD 341 million collectively, while the financial space, which includes micro credit, led the way.

The report, however, added that in the absence of a clear articulation of intent, impact made by an investment is not seen as a major distinguishing criterion by domestic investors.