Impact investment is slowly coming of age in India. From philanthropy to a state where some firms chased sub-par returns as long as it impacted the society, India is now entering an era where investment firms are making money by investing right.

Historically, a big chunk of impact investment money flowed from development financial institutions and foundations. But increasingly, private investment firms have seen they can help companies make a positive impact on the society while at the same time creating real incentives for investors to bankroll such initiatives.

Although what qualifies as impact investment is debatable yet estimates suggest the country has been attracting $1 billion or more annually in recent years. That means around 3-5% of total private equity and venture capital money flow in India represents impact investments. What’s more, international studies show the new generation has a larger appetite to park a part of their savings into channels that help the environment or the society in a positive way. The challenge remains how to create the right products to channel that money, besides creating benchmarks to assess impact as well as returns.

Some specialised VC firms have been aiming at companies which target consumers at the bottom of the pyramid over the past decade. But more recently, a bunch of larger investment firms have shown the appetite for impact investments. With India being home to a large number of impoverished people, ecological aspects of life still not taking the centre stage and governance norms going through an evolution, it is not surprising that India is a big use case for deploying impact money to affect the lives of millions.

To discuss the experience of the existing investors in the market, share insights on how the portfolio companies are running things on the ground, measuring the actual impact and discuss the new investment models, Mosaic Digital, the corporate banner behind VCCircle, is organising its debut edition of the Impact Investment Summit on 17th September at Taj Lands End in Mumbai.


17 September, 2019 | Mumbai
08:30 am - 09:30 am Registration & Networking

Venue: Pre-Function Area

09:30 am – 09:40 am Opening Address
09:40 am – 10:00 am Keynote
10:00 am – 10:45 am Panel Discussion: Business case for responsible investing

Early impact VCs have been active in India for more than a decade. What have they achieved? What has been the experience in terms of balancing financial returns with making impact? How do new international investors aim to further the cause?

10:45 am – 11:30 am Panel Discussion: Measuring the impact

A lack of crystal-clear benchmarks has been an issue globally, but what are the unique challenges in measuring the impact in India? What are the international best practices than need to be adopted?

11:30 am – 11:45 am Networking over Tea/Coffee

Venue: Pre-Function Area

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Panel Discussion: Vision on the ground - Portfolio perspective

A handful of portfolio companies which have been backed by impact funds share their perspective on how they have been positively affecting the lives in their target areas/fields.

12:30 pm – 01:15 pm Panel Discussion: ESG in public market

A number of private and public funds are deploying ESG investment principles for their products. How do they tackle the lack of data standardisation in assessing the candidates in the public pool? Will green bonds be a significant part of portfolio construct for public ESG funds?

01:15 pm – 03:00 pm Networking Lunch & Close of Conference

Venue: Pre-Function Area


Gayathri Vasudevan

Co-Founder & CEO, Labour Net

Dr. Gayathri Vasudevan was cited as one of the top 50 women in business by Business Today , a leading magazine in India in the year 2017 and “Entrepreneur of the Year in Social Business Category “ by Forbes India in 2018.

She has a doctorate in Development Studies with 30 publications in the areas of labour and employment and gender issues to her credit. Gayathri was also a speaker at the EY World Entrepreneur Forum 2017 at Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Between 1999 and 2007, Gayathri worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency.  She co-founded LabourNet in 2006 with a vision to enable livelihoods and enhance quality of life through Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship. LabourNet’s model has been widely acclaimed in the business world as one of the few companies in this space which is run profitably and having far reaching impact. LabourNet has impacted about a million lives, empowering youth, men and women to earn a decent living or become profitable micro entrepreneurs.



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  • Total no. of Seats

    Individual Ticket

  • INR 12,000
  • 1

    Gold Package

  • INR 23,000
  • 2

    Diamond Package

  • INR 33,000
  • 3

    Platinum Package

  • INR 42,000
  • 4

    VIP Package

  • INR 50,000
  • 5

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