Category: Update

Curiositi raises Series A, led by Menterra and existing investor Unitus Seed Fund

Investment to be utilized for product development and expansion Bengaluru, January 17, 2017: Education startup Curiositi Learning Solutions has raised Series A funding from Menterra Social Impact Fund. Curiositi develops learning programmes that uniquely integrate the benefits of activity-based learning with personalized software. Existing investor, Unitus Seed Fund also participated in the round. Co-founded by… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund Presents StartHealth Investment Program

INR 10 crore funding and expert support to help healthcare technology startups innovating for the masses in India Unitus is partnering with Pfizer, PATH, Manipal Hospitals & Narayana Health. ATTENTION: Early-Stage Healthcare Technology Entrepreneurs! Are you focussed on delivering access to healthcare for the low-income masses in India? Do you have an interesting innovation … for product,… Read more >

Unitus Capital Reports Impact Investing Makes Up 31% of India’s Private Equity Transactions

July 25, 2014 Unitus Capital, Update

This calendar quarter brings 19 investors, 11 investments in 8 funds, and 11 mainstream investors jumping into investing in impact businesses. Unitus Capital has issued their 2014 second calendar quarter (Q2) impact equity research report. They noted that impact equity investing continued to be a key component of the India private equity landscape making up 31%… 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 >

Surprising results with homeless pilot in Chennai

March 26, 2012 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus Labs has published the fifth and final case study from the Sorenson-Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative, a report that explores how the Equitas Bird’s Nest pilot was able to successfully stabilize housing for extremely poor homeless families in Chennai, India. Equitas Development Initiatives Trust (EDIT) launched the program in 2009 with a simple premise –… Read more >

Updated India BOP statistics

March 18, 2012 Unitus Seed Fund, Update

Last year, Omidyar Network presented a very helpful report called Inclusive Innovation which referenced some recent statistics on the size of the BOP (the base of the economic pyramid) population in India. India’s BOP represents 835 million people and $360 billion in disposable income SOURCE: McKinsey Global Institute; Global Insight; EIU Read More > Tags: base… Read more >

Why social entrepreneurs need to think about exits

March 13, 2012 Unitus Seed Fund, Update

As a startup entrepreneur, you are mostly thinking about how to survive and getting to the next milestone next week or next month. And then an investor inevitably asks you, “what are your most likely exit opportunities?” Your first thought is “why the heck is that even close to a relevant question for me to… Read more >

2011 Unitus family update

Update from Unitus family on activities and progress in 2011 towards our poverty impact mission 2011 has been an exciting year for the Unitus family. Thanks to your help over the years we have been able to continue our tradition of high impact innovation. A few highlights from 2011: Birthed two new initiatives: Unitus Impact… Read more >

Unitus Labs: Self-reliance realized for isolated tribal villagers in India

January 23, 2012 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus Labs publishes new in-depth case study report on SKS NGO ultra poor program in Orissa, India.  Report describes new tools developed to overcome physical, cultural obstacles of working with isolated ultra poor communities. Looking beyond progress made during an ultra poor intervention, the success of an ultra poor program must also be judged by… Read more >

Great video intro to Unitus Capital

October 24, 2011 Unitus Capital, Update

Watch more about what Unitus Capital is focused on, the progress they’ve made in raising more than $600,000,000 of capital for social enterprises in Asia and testimonials from clients on how they have benefited from Unitus Capital’s services. Tags: video More

New Unitus Labs case study challenges current approach to helping ultra poor

October 15, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

Early Introduction of Livelihoods Found to be Critical Factor In Moving Large Numbers Out of Extreme Poverty For years, ultra poor interventions built around subsidies and skill-building activities have helped to move households living below the extreme poverty line toward some productive activity or eligibility for microfinance schemes. For all their individual successes, these interventions… Read more >