Category: Unitus Seed Fund

Unitus Seed Fund Adds Education Veteran to Team; Looks to Invest 3 Crore in India

August 11, 2014 Press Release, Unitus Seed Fund

Unitus Seed Fund looks to take advantage of the demand for quality education delivered at prices affordable to the masses in India and driven by entrepreneur innovators Bangalore, July 31, 2014. Low-cost private education is poised to become a driving force in improving the lives at the base of the economic pyramid (“BoP”). The only way out… Read more >

Hippocampus Raises USD 2.4 million to Serve Market of 80 Million Rural Children in India

Unitus Seed Fund re-ups in fast-growing rural kindergarten and tuitions startup as they bring on ADB and Khosla Impact as new investors to expand presence in India 2 July 2014. Bangalore, India: Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in a new financing round for Hippocampus Learning Centres, the leading rural… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund Invests in Pediatric Healthcare Chain AddressHealth

Making affordable pediatric primary care available to a wide-range of urban Indian children 18 June 2014. Bangalore, India: Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in AddressHealth, India’s first pediatric primary healthcare network, providing comprehensive care for children through its chain of  clinics and school health programs. AddressHealth will use the… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund Invests in M-Commerce Retail Platform Jiffstore

Investment to make m-commerce viable for lakhs (100,000’s) of small grocery and kirana stores across India 23 May 2014: Bangalore, India. Unitus Seed Fund announced an investment in Jiffstore, a Bangalore-based startup that is connecting local kirana stores to customers though a mobile app that offers online grocery ordering and home delivery. Jiffstore provides even… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund Invests in Auto Rickshaw M-Commerce Startup mGaadi

Enables commuters to order pre-booked or on-demand auto rickshaws with a promise of reliable, safe, courteous, and price-predictable service 13 May 2014. Bangalore, India: Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has led an equity investment in mGaadi, a mobile-commerce ordering service for auto rickshaws. mGaadi will use the investment to further develop… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund is doubling-down on healthcare investments

In conjunction with the announcement of our third India healthcare seed funding investment in the past 100 days, we are announcing our intention to invest in another 3-4 healthcare startups in 2014. We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Michael J. Free OBE, Ph. D.,  a globally-recognized global health expert and 35-year technology leader at PATH, is joining Unitus Seed Fund… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund Invests in Affordable Dental Clinic Chain Smile Merchants

Startup dental clinic chain delivers quality dental services beyond big metros reaching India’s rural masses with affordable services 9 April 2014. Mumbai, India: Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has led an equity investment in Smile Merchants, a chain of dental clinics focused on providing affordable dental care services outside large metro… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund lands $8 Million for BoP Startups from Leading Early-stage Investors

January 3, 2013 Press Release, Unitus Seed Fund

Investment includes backing of Vinod Khosla, Mohandas Pai, Mike Murray and others Seattle, USA and Bangalore, India. Unitus Seed Fund (USF) has secured over $8 million in investment commitments for its seed-stage venture capital fund focused on accelerating “BoP startups” – startups serving low-income consumers – in India.  USF invests in for-profit scalable companies that will… Read more >

Unitus 2012 Mid-Year Update

The Unitus family is partnering with a growing list of exciting, innovative young companies that share the common goal of creating opportunity for millions of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BoP). As you will see from this semi-annual update, we’ve got some very compelling work happening across the Unitus family! As… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund is Expanding!

We’re expanding our seed investment program Since we launched Unitus Seed Fund in late 2011, we have researched, learned, connected, and completed enough investments to be confident of the potential for delivering opportunity to millions of lower-income people via seed investing in innovative startups that serve them.  There is no question as to the need… Read more >

Hippocampus Learning Centres partners with Grameen Koota

A Profit-Driven Approach to Affordable Education: A Review of Hippocampus Learning Centers Government schools across India are haunted with serious issues. Teachers are absent 25 percent of days and teaching less than 55 percent of the time. This contributes to the low enrollment rates across the country, standing at a mere 37 percent of 361… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund invests in Villgro Innovation Marketing

April 11, 2012 Press Release, Unitus Seed Fund

Unitus Seed Fund is excited to announce that we’ve made our 4th seed investment in 2012 in Villgro Innovation Marketing based in Chennai! Villgro Innovation Marketing (VIM) is building an innovative last mile rural distribution business starting in the South India state of Tamil Nadu. They are focused on distributing affordable, high value-add agriculture and… Read more >