Asia Practice Group Call

Tuesday July 30th
9:00am-11:00am Pacific Time
17h00 UK / 19h00 CEST

Alternative Deal Structures Call

Tuesday July 23rd
8:00am-9:00am Pacific Time
16h00 UK / 17h00 CEST

Haiti Investment Opportunities Call

Tuesday July 16th
9:00am-11:00am Pacific Time
17h00 UK / 19h00 CEST

Portapure

Summary:
Portapure manufactures and sells water purification products where clean drinking water is inaccessible. This includes remote communities and natural disaster sites. In these situations, Portapure’s products provide clean drinking water for survival. Portapure is the inventor, technology owner, manufacturing mold owner, trademark owner, and copyright holder for all product offerings. Leveraging its patented technology, Portapure has created a set of products that are: Proven to exceed stringent health and safety standards; Superior price compared to existing alternatives; Designed for portability and ease-of-use
Product:
To differentiate from the current competitors, Portapure leverages technology, affordability and the right product-market fit driven through focus group customer analysis. Portapure has designed portable water systems to make water from any river, lake, or stream safe to consume by removing all known viruses and bacteria.
Portapure’s current main product offering is:
PureLives – A home-use, 5-gallon water purification device

Waste Capital Partners

Urban India produces a mound of garbage every week that weighs more than twice the Empire State Building. Only half of this is collected and dumped. Little is processed despite municipalities spend half their budget on the issue. Residents are fed up. Waste Capital Partners trains and employs waste pickers to conduct doorstep waste collection in small towns in India for a monthly subscription from the household itself. Waste Capital Partners then environmentally processes the waste forming a quality soil amendment they sell to local farmers and also aggregate and sell recyclables. In total, 85% of the waste is environmentally processed, 20,000 carbon tons are averted per 100,000 households, and the income of the waste picker is doubled. The business is already cashflow positive and recently secured interest from key state officials in two major states of India. Its board consists of the founders of SELCO, BASIX, and IDE-I and its management has 40+ years of operational experience in profitable social enterprise businesses with a focus on Public Private Partnerships.

Digital Divide Data

Digital Divide Data (DDD) is a social business that creates jobs for talented youth in emerging market countries by delivering high-quality content business process outsourcing (BPO) services to clients. DDD’s social enterprise empowers staff with the skills and experience they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Founded in 2001, DDD develops a strong workforce in countries with untapped talent. The organization identifies and recruits motivated, disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise have access to good jobs or higher education. DDD alumni go on to high-skilled positions in which they earn more than four times the average regional wage. This enables them to break the cycle of poverty that traps their families. With a sustainable approach to growth, DDD employs more than 1000 people across offices in Cambodia, Laos, Kenya.

Copia

Copia Global Inc (“Copia”) is a consumer catalog order and delivery system for nonperishable and durable goods serving Base of the Pyramid consumers in the developing world. By making accessible a wide range of consumer goods from thread to sewing machines, from nails to hammers, from matches to solar lights, Copia’s mission is to improve the quality of life of BoP people, transforming them into empowered global consumers. Much as the Sears catalog revolutionized life in the pioneer days of the United States and Amazon revolutionized life in the internet age, the Company will apply many of the same marketing and distribution concepts to this huge untapped market. Copia launched a 12 month pilot in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2012. Already sales (both number of orders and revenues) have exceeded expectations, providing proof of concept for this revolutionary idea. Meaning “abundance” in Latin, Copia was founded by Jonathan Lewis and Tracey Turner and is led by CEO Crispin Murira.

crowdfunder

Crowdfunder helps fund social enterprises, startups and small businesses through a unique blend of 2 powerful crowdfunding models: Investment or Rewards-based crowdfunding. Crowdfunder also uniquely localizes crowdfunding down to the community level with CROWDFUNDx, providing free dedicated online communities for groups, cities and angel groups to empower their membership and syndicate deals to the crowd.

One of our most recent CROWDFUNDx initiatives was CROWDFUNDxImpact for Social Enterprises, which had over 4,000 new community members join online and over 150 social enterprises enter. We created multiple funding outcomes and had over $100M in impact investment capital in attendance at the live pitch event finale for CROWDFUNDxImpact.

Hub Ventures

Hub Ventures is a startup accelerator and seed fund for entrepreneurs building a better world. The program provides seed funding, mentorship & guidance, collaborative workspace, and investor connections to startups developing scalable technology solutions to improve livelihoods and reduce the consumption of resources around the world. Hub Ventures is filling the seed-funding gap for impact startups working in a variety of verticals including job creation, health & wellness, education, collaborative consumption, off-grid energy, and more. We have accelerated 29 companies since 2011, over 60% of which have raised millions in follow-on funding, and over 80% of which are operating today. Hub Ventures is part of the Global Accelerator Network, championed by TechStars, and is backed by an all-star lineup of partners including Good Capital, Hub Bay Area, and Lakeland Ventures Development.

Niall O’Cathasaigh

Niall is a founder and partner of ManoCap, a private equity fund management company that has been making equity investments in small to mid-cap enterprises in West Africa since 2006. He has lived in Sierra Leone since 2004, initially working as the Financial Controller for GOAL Sierra Leone, and since November 2005 on the development of ManoCap.

Niall is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) with an industry background. He has previously worked as an Accounting and Finance manager for Apple Computer at their European Headquarters and as Accounting Manager for the French subsidiary companies of Avery Dennison.

Niall established and exited his own business in Ireland before training to become an accountant.

Liesbet Peeters

Liesbet Peeters is a founding partner at D. Capital. She advises foundations, development institutions and private investors on impact investing and innovative finance in emerging markets.

She has particular expertise on structuring financing facilities that combine public and private stakeholders in tackling development challenges across multiple sectors. Her experience includes advising a number of health- focused foundations on developing more sustainable funding solutions for diseases like malaria and HIV, advising a large donor on setting up a new global education fund to enroll out-of-school children, and advising numerous private family foundations on structuring impact investing vehicles to invest in SMEs in Africa & Latin America. Prior to joining Dalberg, she founded an investment advisory firm, Lapiluz Advisory Services, based in Belgium and London. She was previously the CFO/Investor Relations Manager with Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium; an Investment Officer with the Grassroots Business Fund at the IFC. Liesbet has an MBA from MIT and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Aner-Ben Ami

Aner was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with clients in the energy, water and transportation sectors. Aner is an experienced management consultant, with 5+ years of experience developing growth and business development strategies for industry leaders in the water, energy and transportation sectors. Aner holds an MBA with honors from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics and History (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Aner is passionate about re-defining the role of business and finance and believes investment capital can catalyze a transition to a more just and sustainable economic system.