While the world is still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing vision to build back better into a greener economy and to decarbonise the planet. This response to climate change is no longer the ‘right thing to do’ but an imperative in creating a sustainable future, placing an incentive for investors to include climate-smart solutions into their portfolio.
As part of AVPN’s efforts to build a climate community and offer an opportunity to hear best-practice and share knowledge and experiences, Climate Action Platform is curating this convening that features four impact funds that will share insights from an investors’ perspective and raise awareness to help us unlock more capital into climate solutions.
Join us in this session if you are:
- Keen to explore and enrich your understanding about solutions seeking to combat climate change in South-East Asia and South Asia
- Looking to exchange market insights and advice with fellow investors and enterprises
- Interested in exploring investment opportunities in climate smart solutions
Featured funds and their portfolio companies
ECOZEN presented by Omnivore
Ecozen is a technology company enabling Climate Smart Farm-To-Fork value chain for perishables, through leveraging opportunities within the nexus of the present agri-value-chain and clean-technology, to enable farmers to grow more & reduce agri-produce loss through their three core verticals (i) Ecofrost – a solar powered cooling solution based on thermal energy storage for keeping perishables fresh, (ii) Ecotron – a smart, solar enabled controller & motor for irrigation pumps, (iii) Eco-Connect – a platform which enables the farmers to connect with commodity buyers.
SolarHome Presented by Insitor Impact Asia Fund
SolarHome is a Myanmar-based company providing household energy solutions to off-grid customers. SolarHome offers a suite of products ranging from simple lighting systems with cell phone charging capabilities to larger bundles that include TVs. In order to ensure affordability, the company uses a PAYG system (pay-as-you-go) that allows for monthly payments over the course of a year to complete the purchase. After beginning operations in early 2016, SolarHome has a current user base of 22,000 households, with another 10,000 households using unlocked systems after completing their payment cycles.
Sensorflow presented by Openspace
Sensorflow is a Singapore based energy management startup that provides a smart wireless IoT solution that monitors, analyses and automates hotel room processes. The company was incorporated in 2016 and began operations in 2017 founded by Sai Ranganathan and Max Pagel who were from the first Singapore cohort of Entrepreneur First’s incubation program. Sensorflow offers a range of wireless, battery powered sensors that can monitor the following: room occupancy, temperature, water and energy usage, door movements and key card placement. The sensors are utilized to Improve energy efficiency, operational productivity and perform predictive maintenance.
Saahas zero Waste presented by C4D
Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) is a social enterprise that provides end-to-end waste management services. It brings to work environmental and social impact based on the principles of circular economy and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. SZW exists in 17 cities and has consistently sought to apply principles of circular economy in waste management where systems are developed not only to reduce the generation of waste but also, recover maximum resources from waste through (i) Zero Waste Program; ); (ii) Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Program; (iii) Manufacturing Products; and (iv) consultancy.
Managing Partner Mumbai and Co-founder
Jinesh co-founded Omnivore with Mark Kahn in 2010. Previously, he was Vice President and CFO at Nexus Venture Partners, one of India’s leading venture capital funds. Earlier in his career, Jinesh worked in corporate finance roles for Datamatics (leading Treasury/M&A), Patni Computers (initiating the IPO process), and HCL Technologies (founding the BPO business). He is a member of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Agriculture & Food Processing Committee. Jinesh is a Chartered Accountant with a B.Com from R A Poddar College and an MMS (Finance) from JBIMS.
Myanmar Country Manager
Insitor Impact Asia Fund
Bradley oversees Myanmar operations for Insitor, an impact investment fund targeting early-stage businesses that provide essential goods and services to low-income populations across South and Southeast Asia. To date, Insitor has made 24 investments in the region, creating 7,600 jobs and providing direct impact for over 32 million people served by its portfolio companies. Before joining Insitor in 2013, Bradley worked as a consultant advising companies aiming to enter Myanmar’s financial services and consumer goods sectors. Bradley also serves on the board of the Myanmar Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (MPEVCA).
Vice President of ESG & Impact (Openhand)
Jaclyn Seow has a decade of experience in the Singapore public service working on land allocation and healthcare policies. In this period, she represented Singapore in negotiations on global economic growth and development issues, as part of ASEAN and G77 at the United Nations in New York.Thereafter, she joined Raffles Medical Group, a public-listed regional healthcare group with a presence in 14 cities in Asia. Here, she expanded the health insurance portfolio from B2B into the B2C space, generating 7-figure revenues in the first year; and accelerated digital health initiatives, including teleconsultation, as Associate Director of Corporate Development.
Arvind has been associated with C4D Partners since 2014. Over the last 5 years, he has grown the business significantly in India through 13 portfolio investments made so far along with follow on investments in select companies and an exit. Arvind comes with 15+ years’ extensive experience in Private Equity, Private Equity Fund of Funds, Hedge Fund of Funds valuation and due diligence for global PE/HF managers and has international experience of working with teams across Europe, US, Middle East and Asia (offshore as well as onshore). In the past, Arvind has worked with companies like Abu Dhabi Capital Management (Abu Dhabi), Goldman Sachs (India/New York) and Evalueserve India Pvt Ltd. (India), with global deals of upto USD 1 billion. He has rich experience in Alternative Assets Management, Portfolio Analytics and Reporting and Product & Business Development. He has played an instrumental role in setting up the Alternative Investment and Manager Selection business in India for Goldman Sachs and Private Equity Secondary business (managed a fund of USD 50 million) for Abu Dhabi Capital Management.
Chief of Sustainable Finance
Komal leads AVPN’s engagement with family offices, HNWIs, private wealth holders, corporations and financial institutions across Asia. In this capacity, she helps these stakeholders achieve their objectives of investing within a framework of impact and sustainability. Komal brings over two decades of diverse work experience in Europe and Asia to her role. Over the last decade, Komal has provided support to a number of social enterprises and charities across Asia. She is an angel investor and an LP in early and late stage funds. Many of her investments have focused on generating societal good. Komal has served as a mentor at a number of incubators and accelerators and has worked with startups including at A Star, a Singapore government led accelerator for science and technology companies that are improving lives through innovation and discoveries.