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Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017

Landscape Study of Accelerators and Incubators in India

by the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) 

This study, conducted by the ANDE India Chapter with the support of Autodesk Sustainability and Foundation, uses GALI’s Global Accelerator Survey to add clarity to the profile of accelerators and incubators in India – their structure, objectives, goals, funding, and the financial and non-financial support that they offer.

 Data Highlights:

Sample Characteristics

  • University accelerators and incubators made up the largest portion of the respondents, at nearly one-third.
  • Two-thirds ran their first acceleration or incubation program after 2013.

Sector Focus and Impact Objectives

  • Over half of the respondents indicated a focus on energy or environment.
  • Three-quarters work specifically with ventures that have a social or environmental impact objective.

Program Structure

  • With a median size of 9 and an 11 percent acceptance rate, cohorts were small, programs were selective, and early-stage ventures were mostly likely to receive support.
  • One-third of respondents provide direct funding, and equity is the most popular investment instrument.

Funding Sources

  • At 43 percent, philanthropic grants were the most common funding source for programs, followed by government support.
  • One-third of the government-supported respondents received funds from the Department of Science and Technology.

Questions or comments? Contact Devyani Singh at

Tags:  2017  Acceleration  accelerators  ANDE publication  India 

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How to IPO Successfully & Responsibly

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

How to IPO Successfully and Responsibly:
Lessons from Indian Financial Inclusion Institutions

by Grassroots Capital Management PBC and sponsored by Financial Inclusion Equity Council (FIEC)

This paper examines the 2016 IPOs of two Indian micro-lenders – Equitas Holdings and Ujjivan Financial Services – and how they “hardwired” their missions to prioritize their clients, setting them apart and driving their success. The experience of these two companies suggests how a responsible financial services company can position itself to go public while maintaining its social mission. 

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Tags:  finance  inclusive business  India 

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Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems:

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Impacts of Small-Scale Electricity Systems: A Study of Rural Communities in India and Nepal

by World Resources Institute

This study assesses and compares the benefits of electricity service to households and small enterprises from microgrids, solar home systems (SHS), and the national grid in select rural communities in India and Nepal. Electricity access, in general, leads to reduced kerosene use, more time spent by women on income-generation, and the acquisition of home appliances. However, different types of systems have distinct differences in electricity service conditions. These conditions partly explain why households with SHS exhibit the greatest reduction in kerosene use; why grid-connected households own more appliances; and why electricity access benefits small businesses, but seldom drives key business decisions. The developmental impacts of rural electricity access may benefit from supply standards, greater policy support for investments in productive uses, and further research into the cost-effectiveness of electrification from different supply systems. 

Tags:  2016  India  social enterprise 

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Good Incubation in India

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 1, 2016

Good Incubation in India: Strategies for supporting social enterprises in challenging contexts 

By Nesta

Building on Nesta’s 2014 Good Incubation report, this research draws on case studies to highlight strategies for good incubation in challenging environments. It focuses on weaker entrepreneurial ecosystems and offers advice to incubation managers and other ecosystem players, from policymakers to funders alike. 

Tags:  Acceleration  accelerators  Incubation  India 

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World Bank Enterprise Surveys: Country Reports

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Since 2002, the World Bank has collected firm-level surveys of a representative sample of an economy's private sector. To date, this has resulted in data that covers a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, performance measures, and more. 

The Enterprise Surveys team has recently released five country highlights: Ghana, India, Namibia, Sweden, and Tanzania. The country highlights are two-page summaries of key findings from each survey, and provide a great overview of priority issues in each country's business environment. 

More reports are available for download on the Enterprise Surveys website

Tags:  enterprise development  Ghana  India  Namibia  Research  sector publication  surveys  Sweden  Tanzani 

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Building Houses, Financing Homes: India's Rapidly Growing Housing and Housing Finance Markets for the Low-Income Customer

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rapid urbanization has led to an increase in the number of low income households in India’s cities. Despite a vibrant housing market in India, decent housing in the formal sector is beyond the reach of the vast majority of these lower income households. Monitor Inclusive Markets conducted a study in 2006-7 for NHB (funded by FIRST Initiative and with active support by the World Bank), which found that even the cheapest houses in the market, were at best affordable2 for the top 15% of the urban population. Customers in the next 30% income seg- ment generally rented rooms in slums and low income neighborhoods.

They lived in poorly constructed houses with deplorable sanitary conditions (shared toilets, bad drainage and water- logging) and lacking basic neighborhood amenities (few common spaces or gardens, unsafe alleys, open gutters). Many families had tiny quarters, for which they paid high rent and yet remained at the mercy of their landlords. Moreover, these customers aspired to live in and could afford to buy houses between 250-400 square feet in suburban areas at current market prices, but there was virtually no supply of houses, and almost no access to mortgages from traditional financial institutions (even more the case for informal sector customers). 

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Tags:  access to finance  impact investing  India  Sector publication 

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Understanding Human Resource Challenges in the Indian Social Enterprise Sector

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The study aims to deliver findings that might serve as triggers for the design of new, more effective methods of addressing HR challenges in this space, and hopes that the collected insights will contribute to accelerating the development of the socent ecosystem. Further, while this study focuses on India, it hopes to also share insights that would be relevant to other parts of the world, and encourage similar research around HR practices in other regions. 

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Tags:  Entrepreneurship  India  private sector development  Sector publication  social enterprise  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 22, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This report springs from a point of view shared by Monitor and Acumen Fund — that philanthropy is the essential but often overlooked catalyst that unlocks the impact potential of inclusive business and impact investing. The report has been created with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The key themes discussed here are based on the sum of Monitor’s extensive research into more than 700 inclusive businesses in Africa and India, and Acumen Fund’s decade of experience as a pioneering impact investor. They also draw together the experiences and observations of dozens of impact investors, grant funders, academics and other experts who were generous enough to share their thoughts with us. 

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Tags:  Africa  Development  impact investing  India  private sector development  Sector publication 

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A White Paper: Metrics Milestones for Incubators

Posted By Susannah Eastham, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In this whitepaper NEN agues that Incubators are not a uniform beast and can and should be categorized. Categorization enables us to identify the unique characteristics, success factors for each incubator model thereby enabling propagation of successful models appropriate under different conditions. Development of incubators can be systematized with milestone driven indicators of progress and predictable outcomes. However, the key challenge is lack of nationally accepted metrics and milestones that are relevant to the different kinds of incubator models. We strongly advocate that in the near term, the framework illustrated in this document be used to help institute a nationally accepted set of metrics and milestones for incubators in India.

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Tags:  accelerators  impact investing  India  metrics and research  Sector publication 

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GIZ Publications on Inclusive Business

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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