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Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy?
Deborah Keller, Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy? 04 Jul 2017
Deborah Keller, 04 Jul 2017
Agriculture (Products, Services, etc.)

Can agri-based start-ups transform the rural economy?

Farming-as-a-service, or FaaS, could transform the farm sector by making it more efficient, productive and market-driven 

Authors: Varun Grover, Shivani Sehgal, Hemendra Mathur

Earlier this year, two India-based agri-technology (AgTech) start-ups hit the headlines for raising millions in funding from private equity firms. AgroStar, which provides agricultural inputs directly to farmers, raised $10 million, and RML AgTech, which offers smart farming solutions, raised $4 million.

Securing access to funding for AgTech start-ups has been tough. Yet, this recent spurt may signify growing investor and corporate confidence in this nascent sector, known as farming-as-a-service, or FaaS.

A recent study, carried out by Bain Capability Centre, Bain and Co.’s offshore group supporting its offices worldwide, and the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad, pointed to increased activity in the FaaS space by venture capitalists, private equity funds and large Indian firms. Earlier this year, CIIE also launched the Bharat Innovations Fund with AgTech being a key focus area.

 

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Agriculture (Products, Services, etc.)

Farming-as-a-service, or FaaS, could transform the farm sector by making it more efficient, productive and market-driven 

Authors: Varun Grover, Shivani Sehgal, Hemendra Mathur

Earlier this year, two India-based agri-technology (AgTech) start-ups hit the headlines for raising millions in funding from private equity firms. AgroStar, which provides agricultural inputs directly to farmers, raised $10 million, and RML AgTech, which offers smart farming solutions, raised $4 million.

Securing access to funding for AgTech start-ups has been tough. Yet, this recent spurt may signify growing investor and corporate confidence in this nascent sector, known as farming-as-a-service, or FaaS.

A recent study, carried out by Bain Capability Centre, Bain and Co.’s offshore group supporting its offices worldwide, and the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad, pointed to increased activity in the FaaS space by venture capitalists, private equity funds and large Indian firms. Earlier this year, CIIE also launched the Bharat Innovations Fund with AgTech being a key focus area.

 

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Solving for India: Five startups tackling social problems

By Harichandan Arakali, Forbes India Staff

In the recent years, a new clutch of companies have come up that aim to make money by tackling some of India's biggest social problems. Forbes India puts list 5 such ventures across education, healthcare and energy. We are thrilled to see two of our portfolio companies, Hippocampus and UE LifeSciences making it to this list!

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Energy and Power

How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

Please note: This is a repost from BBC News By Edd Gent 

The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.

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Agriculture Products

With four incubators Villgro invests Rs 1 cr in Flybird

CHENNAI: Social business incubator Villgro, along with four others in the agri startup space, has invested Rs 1 crore in Bengaluru-based micro irrigation startup FlyBird Farm Innovations. Rianta Capital's Artha Initiative, IIM Ahmedabad's incubation centre (CIIE), National Academy of Agricultural Research and Management's a-IDEA and Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration are the other investors.



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Other

'Now We'll Know Real Foreign Investment Into India'

RIS' Ram Upendra Das on the implications of the amended India-Mauritius tax treaty

by Lola Nayar

On May 10, 2016, India and Mauritius signed a protocol amending the bilateral double taxation avoidance treaty. While the text of the protocol is awaited, based on the information released by the government, Dr Ram Upendra Das of Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) tells Lola Nayar that the change is nothing to be feared as it provides for a cushioning effect on investors. Excerpts:

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Agriculture Products

Realizing Indian Agribusiness Potential through Innovations

by Hemendra Mathur

No other event in the recent past has brought more cheer to a large section of Indian population than Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of an above-average and well-distributed monsoon for 2016. Farmers, consumers and Government is happy with this news, so are the stock markets. This reflects the importance of Indian agrarian economy despite reducing share of agriculture in GDP (approx. 15% of GDP).

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Education

Only Education Can Solve Social Issues

Ronald Cohen, chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures, talks to BW Businessworld’s Haider Ali Khan about social entrepreneurship and philanthropy

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Other

Sankalp Forum Announces the Winners of Sankalp Awards 2016

The Sankalp Forum, Intellecap's flagship initiative is a revolutionary impact enterprise platform which brings together pioneering social enterprises together with governments, corporations, influential platforms, media and civil society to drive a paradigm shift in inclusive development approaches.

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Other

Sankalp Forum Announces the Winners of Sankalp Awards 2016

The Sankalp Forum, Intellecap's flagship initiative is a revolutionary impact enterprise platform which brings together pioneering social enterprises together with governments, corporations, influential platforms, media and civil society to drive a paradigm shift in inclusive development approaches.

Read more »