Aavishkaar Capital pioneered the venture capital approach of investing in early-growth stage enterprises in India in 2001, with a focus on geographies and sectors that were often overlooked and challenging. Aavishkaar Capital has gone on to close 6 funds since then, with close to half a billion dollars in AUM today.
Along with its core objective of delivering commercial returns to its investors, Aavishkaar Capital creates livelihoods, reduces vulnerabilities, and provides access to essential products and services to the target population through its investments in ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs.
Aavishkaar Capital’s investment thesis is to leverage the confluence of consumption, financial inclusion and technology across emerging low and middle income populations to build sustainable, impactful and highly scalable businesses, which can create significant value for both the investors and the society.
The Firm seeks to invest in businesses which meet the following criteria:
1. Operations focused on the targeted demographics of the emerging 3 billion population.
2. Business model with the potential to scale significantly within 4 to 5 years.
3. Strong management team with the ability to capitalise on the market potential.
To achieve its goals, Aavishkaar Capital follows a multi-stage 'sow-tend-reap' investment strategy which supports businesses across the growth spectrum, from seed to growth stages, while building a portfolio with a balanced risk return profile. With an active investment style, the Firm supports the investee companies in building their capacity for growth by advising on strategy, governance, operational processes, human resources, and fundraising.