Driving Impact through Investments
As an early stage, sector agnostic VC focusing on Southeast Asia and India, our investment thesis is anchored around the massive growth potential of the digital economy in the SE Asia and India region, driven by the rise of the consumer class, the acceleration of access to tech-enabled digital financial services, the digitalization of small businesses, and the continuous improvement of infrastructure to support these trends. We back startups that we strongly believe in - regardless of theme, industry or gender of the founders - and help them on their way to becoming regional or global champions.
Rooted in the region with deep emerging market characteristics, many of our portfolio companies are well positioned to bring about significant impact to their stakeholders as they grow, particularly in accelerating economic empowerment, MSME enablement, promoting inclusiveness and contributing towards climate action across the region.
Our fund has established ESG integration for risk for several years. Our impact framework represents our efforts to go beyond ESG risk assessment structure and measure the contributions from our portfolios towards our impact goals.
Cumulatively, our portfolios have created almost 75,000 jobs since our investment. They have also reached over 13 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and generated US$7.7 billion income for these business owners. 30% of the companies in this reporting period are helmed by at least one female founder. In addition, several companies are contributing to climate action in their own ways and have contributed to the reduction of 385k tons of carbon emission last year.
These numbers not only go to show that businesses truly can truly be a driving force for positive change, but also speak to the roles of VCs to catalyze such change. We are extremely gratified with the accomplishments of our portfolio companies and will continue seeking ways to improve our impact practices moving forward.
How we drive Impact as a Mainstream Investor
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The information is updated as of 31 Dec 2022.
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