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Strategic Relationships

Intellecap works closely with a wide variety of global, regional and local Strategic Partners in pursuit of its mission to help build and scale profitable and sustainable enterprises dedicated to social and environmental change. Together these strategic relationships provide Intellecap with a broad and deep global network that supports its Practice Areas, Initiatives, and Incubations.

Networks and Associations

Intellecap is a Member of various Networks and Associations, in India and around the world. We participate and contribute actively to these Networks and Associations, and we utilize the contacts, knowledge, and experience they provide to assure that we are aware of and utilize global best practices and expertise in all our work.

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  • Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

    The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global Network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE is housed within the Aspen Institute - an international non-profit that promotes enlightened leadership. ANDE Members are focused activities and investments that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries.

    ANDE's Membership of over 160 organizations includes investment funds, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, and private philanthropic foundations that invest money and expertise to help entrepreneurs develop and grow small and growing businesses (SGBs) in emerging markets. Operating in over 150 countries, ANDE Members offer a diverse set of resources to support SGBs, and through the Network, provide an unmatched resource to each other.

    ANDE identifies common strategic challenges and opportunities facing SGBs, and based on these findings, provides programs and services for its Members and the sector as a whole. The Network aspires to be the leading convener and conduit for organizations and individuals committed to building SGBs in the developing world. ANDE acts as a trusted advocate for the SGB sector, educating investors and policy makers about the opportunity the sector represents, and works to increase the amount and effectiveness of capital and technical/business assistance for entrepreneurs in developing countries.

  • Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

    The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) is focused on building a vibrant and high impact venture philanthropy community across the Asia Pacific region. AVPN is a non-profit organisation based in Singapore with Membership across the Asian region. Intellecap joined AVPN as a Founding Member in 2011.

    AVPN has over 110 Members from 18 countries, including organisations and individuals from finance, business and the social sector. Members include venture philanthropy organisations, private equity managers, private banks, wealth managers, other financial services organisations, professional service firms, family businesses, corporations through their CSR activities, foundations, universities and government related entities.

    The Network aims to promote venture philanthropy in the broader philanthropic and social investment communities and provide specific networking and learning services to meet the needs of its Members.

  • Sa-Dhan

    Sa-Dhan is the Association of Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) in India. Sa-Dhan's mission is to build the field of community development finance in India to help its Member and Associate institutions to better serve low-income households, particularly women, in their quest for establishing stable livelihoods and improving quality of life.

    Sa-Dhan's includes over 242 capacity building organisations that support Self-Help Groups; technical service providers who provide support to MFIs; organizations that provide funding to MFIs including banks and investors; organizations that are legally structured as MFIs; and formal or informal networks/channels for both support and capacity building. Together the Sa-Dhan Members represent a collective loan outstanding of more than USD 4 billion and reach out to more than 26 million people at the BOP.

    Sa-Dhan aspires to represent CDFIs as an "emerging but rapidly growing sector". Sa-Dhan aims to play a crucial role in increasing capacities, affecting the evolution and adoption of best practices, increasing the number of service providers and contributing to improving the policy and operational context for Microfinance in India.

  • Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

    Intellecap is a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). The GIIN is the leading non-profit dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measureable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. Our Membership signifies a commitment to deepening our engagement in the impact investing industry.

    Members of this Network include organizations interested in deepening their engagement with the impact investing industry. Members of the GIIN are connected to a thriving peer community and gain formal access to industry information, tools, and resources. Network Members periodically meet at events and through virtual convenings, and receive tutorials on tools designed to strengthen the impact investment market.

    Launched in 2012, the GIIN Network has convened over 87 investors and impact investing intermediaries from around the world. Intellecap is a Founding Member of this Network.

    Aside from the Network Membership, the GIIN has several initiatives that address systemic barriers to effective impact investing by building critical infrastructure and developing activities, education, and research that attract more investment capital to poverty alleviation and environmental solutions. These include ImpactBase, which is a global online directory of impact investment vehicles; and Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), which is a set of standardized metrics that can be used to describe an organization's social, environmental, and financial performance. The GIIN has also created an exclusive leadership group for active large-scale impact investors called the GIIN Investors Council.

  • Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA)

    Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) is a Member based national organization in India that represents venture capital and private equity firms, promotes the industry within India and throughout the world, and encourages investment in high growth companies.

    IVCA has over 100 Members, including venture capital firms, institutional investors, banks, incubators, angel groups, corporate advisors, accountants, lawyers, government bodies, academic institutions and other service providers to the venture capital and private equity industry. These Members represent most of the active venture capital and private equity firms in India. Members provide capital for seed ventures, early stage companies, later stage expansion, and growth finance for management buyouts/buy-ins of established companies.

    IVCA promotes sound public policy on issues related to the sector; collects, analyses and publishes information relevant to its Members; and provides a forum for the professional development of Members. IVCA organizes an annual conference for Members, which is supplemented by various networking events organized throughout the year. It manages a database of information for entrepreneurs and portfolio companies seeking capital. It also publishes industry tools like valuation guidelines and reporting guidelines.

  • Micro Finance Institutions Network (MFIN)

    Micro Finance Institutions Network (MFIN) is the self-regulatory organization (SRO) for the Indian microfinance industry. It was founded in October 2009 to promote the key objectives of microfinance in India and establish guidelines for responsible lending and client protection in the microfinance industry.

    MFIN seeks to work closely with regulators and other key stakeholders to achieve larger financial inclusions goals through microfinance. Currently MFIN Member organizations consist of 46 of the leading NBFC/MFIs whose combined business constitutes over 80% of the Indian microfinance sector.

    As a step towards more stringent self-regulation, MFIN has defined a Code of Conduct for its Members, which focus on fair practices with borrowers and among Member organizations. The MFIN code of conduct establishes limits on overall lending at the client level; establishes guidelines for fair collection practices promoting transparency; and standardized recruitment and training practices for Member MFIs. The Code of Conduct encourages data sharing among Members and establishes mechanisms for promoting transparency in the industry, such as setting up helplines and formulating a whistle blowing mechanism.

    Our Incubation, IntelleCash is a Member of MFIN.

Our Strategic Investor: Legatum

In 2007, Legatum Ventures made a significant equity investment in Intellecap to support our global growth and expansion.

Legatum is a private investment group with a 25 year heritage of global investment, allocating proprietary capital to businesses and programs that promote sustainable human development. Based in Dubai, the Legatum Group includes Legatum Capital, a private investment firm that manages a multibillion dollar portfolio in the global capital markets, and Legatum Ventures, which invests in businesses in the developing world that deliver both financial and social returns.

Legatum founded the Legatum Center at MIT in 2007 to provide fellowships for MIT graduate students who intend to launch promising enterprises in emerging markets. In addition, the Legatum Institute, an independent, non-partisan think-tank in London, publishes The Legatum Prosperity Index, the world's only global assessment of national prosperity based on both wealth and well-being.

Our Strategic Collaboration: Aavishkaar

Intellecap often collaborates with Aavishkaar to promote social enterprise, impact investing and inclusive business in India and around the world.

Aavishkaar provides risk capital and support to early stage ventures that are commercially viable and also have significant social impact. Aavishkaar has assets under management of more than USD 130 million and has invested in over 30 enterprises. These companies have reached over 5.6 million poor and low-income people in India.

Aavishkaar won the World Business Award in 2006 in recognition of being one of the best for-profit business models helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In 2010, the G20 SME Finance Challenge identified Aavishkaar as one among the 14 global ideas that would spur entrepreneurship at the BOP. Aavishkaar was an Investment Partner in Intellecap's 2012 Sankalp Summit.