SINGAPORE, 2 February, 2018 – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) announces the closing of its 17th deal in India with a successful funding round completed for India-based Karma Primary Healthcare Services Private Limited (Karma). Karma aims to provide affordable, equitable and reliable healthcare services to the underserved rural population in India through a hub-and-spoke model which connects remote communities to doctors via real-time online video consultations. The round was led by 1Crowd alongside existing investors Ankur Capital, Beyond Capital Fund and Ennovent. The company also received support from marquee organizations such as the Tata Trusts, UBS Optimus Foundation and WISH Foundation.
SINGAPORE, 24 January, 2018 – In line with its mission of empowering women, developing communities and helping the planet, the IIX Growth Fund (IGF) has made its first investment which will support PT Green Enterprises Indonesia (GEI), a producer of high-quality organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and other organic coconut products based on Simeulue Island, Aceh Province, Indonesia. In operation since 2016, GEI sustainably sources coconuts from smallholder farmer groups, providing economic opportunity to local farmers and their families while actively promoting environmental and wildlife protection. IGF’s US$475,000 equity investment, to be provided in two tranches, will allow GEI to expand the scale of its operations, improve the lives of over 4,300 people and conserve the forest and marine environment.
SINGAPORE, 17 January, 2018 – ERC Eye Care (ERC), an impact enterprise that delivers accessible, affordable and inclusive eye care to low-income persons in Northeast India, has raised a US$1 million pre-Series A round. A consortium of five investors was brought together by Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), led by existing investors Ankur Capital and Ennovent. Amongst the round’s investors was a strategic investment from the North East Development Finance Initiative (NEDFi), a Government of India initiative making its first impact-focused investment. Two international investors from Japan and Europe also participated in the consortium. IIX worked with ERC this year through its award-winning IIX ACTS accelerator program that provided investment-readiness, impact assessment and capital raise services to the company.
(From Left to Right: Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX; Jongick Lee, CEO of KSIF)
SINGAPORE, 16 November, 2017—Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and the Korea Social Investment Foundation (KSIF, Impact Factory) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the Republic of Korea on November 10th to advance impact investing in Asia and the Pacific. KSIF, a pioneer of impact finance in Korea, and IIX, a leader of impact investing, will leverage their combined networks and expertise to magnify social and environmental impact for sustainable development and empower marginalized people across the region.
SINGAPORE, 2 October, 2017 – IIX announces the signing of a letter of engagement with Pacific Trade Invest Australia (PTI Australia), the lead trade and investment promotion agency in the region, to catalyze growth of the impact investing market across the Pacific Islands. Drawing on PTI Australia’s extensive network in the region, IIX will begin to effectively build the market for impact investing beginning in aquaculture and agriculture sectors with plans to expand the ecosystem deeply across sixteen pacific island countries and the surrounding oceans. This understanding between IIX and PTI Australia aims to drive economic growth in the region while highlighting the potential of women-focused enterprises in the agriculture, ecotourism and fisheries industries.
August 18th, 2017 — ATEC Biodigesters (ATEC), an Australian-Cambodian Social Enterprise has raised US$700,000 in a Series-A equity round to expand its operations in Cambodia as well as to explore other international opportunities in the household waste-to-energy market. The investment was made by a consortium of investors, led by Small Giants (Australia) and consisting of Fondation Ensemble (France), ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies (France) and one other private Australian investor. The investment round has then been matched with a further €250,000 in results-based-financing by EEP Mekong, a Government of Finland initiative.
SINGAPORE— August 16th, 2017—The Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB)™, structured by Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), has become listed and quoted on the Bonds Market of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as of 9:00am today, making it the first listed bond in the impact investing space with a dual focus on financial returns and social impact. The US$8 million debt security will impact over 385,000 women in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines through enhanced access to credit, market linkages, and affordable goods and services that will build women’s resilience to socio-economic shocks and stresses.
July 6, 2017— SINGAPORE— IIX (Impact Investment Exchange), a pioneer in impact investing and catalyst to social innovation, has closed the world’s first social sustainability bond to be listed on a stock exchange, the Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB)™. This innovative US$8 million bond is the first in a series of IIX Social Sustainability Bonds™ and is projected to empower over 385,000 women across Southeast Asia through increased credit access, market linkages, and affordable goods and services.
SINGAPORE—June 2, 2017— Mera Gao Power, an off-grid solar energy enterprise based in Uttar Pradesh, India, has raised US$2.5 million in equity funding from the Insitor Impact Fund (Insitor), the ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies Initiative (ENGIE) and the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI), with the support of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX). The funding will be used by Mera Gao Power (MGP) to expand into over 5,000 additional rural off-grid villages across Uttar Pradesh, providing over 50,000 households with access to reliable energy for the first time.