$210M, 5 funds, 44 companies: the Elevar Equity modus operandi

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One of the most severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by the low-income community whose grievances have been exacerbated by a “non-supply” issue. However, many companies have been unable to meet their needs due to unsustainable margins.

This is where Bengaluru-based impact investment firm Elevar Equity steps in to fund early-stage startups that create solutions for low-income communities.

Founded in 2008 by Sandeep Farias and Johanna Posada, the venture capital fund focuses on solutions that generate and encourage inclusiveness, are affordable and can be deployed at scale, while being able to demonstrate their profitability.

“We believe that the DNA of the business should be low-income oriented to increase and optimize the chances of success,” said co-founder Sandeep Farias. Your story.

To date, Elevar has deployed $210 million of capital across five funds and 44 companies. The fund is estimated to have reached 45 million households in India and Latin America, where it has also invested, and created nearly 75,000 jobs.


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  • Mumbai-based telehealth platform Truemeds has raised $22 million in a Series B funding round led by private equity fund WestBridge Capital. The new round also saw participation from existing investors including InfoEdge Ventures, Asha Impact and IAN Fund.
  • Widespread burnout and a lack of flexible working continue to hamper progress in supporting working women, according to Deloitte’s latest report, “Women @ Work 2022: A Global Outlook,” released Tuesday.
  • Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that India would welcome a Tesla manufacturing plant, but would not accept imported sales from China.
  • Venturi Partners, a Singapore-based investment platform that invests in brands in India and Southeast Asia, said its first fund reached its final close of $175 million.
  • The Clarion Call 5.0 startup funding and mentoring platform is now open for registration. Promising startups can pitch their business ideas to over 5,000 angel investors and over 7 institutional investors who have committed a corpus of over Rs 65 crore.

Read more: [https://yourstory.com/2022/04/startup-news-updates-april-26-credavenue-corpository-cactus-kreditbee/amp]


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