This publication by Intellecap in partnership with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi reviews the financing needs of Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) enterprises across various growth stages as well as business models and explores the design of alternative structures to seal the gaps in the prevailing Indian scenario. DRE enterprises in India, particularly those involved in rural electrification as Energy service companies (ESCOs), face challenges in accessing finance on account of high-risk perception and low overall returns with longer paybacks.
This publication by Intellecap in partnership with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation is a pre-cursor to a comprehensive Monitoring & Evaluation platform being developed to standardize performance measurement in the DRE sector. The framework presented in the publication attempts to facilitate more informed decision-making for investors, lenders, and donors by developing relevant metrics and benchmarks around these for comparison with industry aggregated data.
The report highlights our vision of how emerging technologies can trigger a set of big shifts to help Africa leapfrog and combat its development challenges. Our research indicates that although early evidence of these shifts is already visible signaling the beginning of Africa’s innovation journey, signiﬁcant whitespaces currently exist. The report identiﬁes these key innovation whitespaces based on scanning of 100 technology use cases in Africa.
As firms seek new avenues for growth in emerging markets – strategies for tapping into “new
and underserved” markets have been on the radar of almost every major mass-market focused
firm. Comprising both urban slums and rural areas, these markets are exciting to firms, and for
Approximately 4.5 billion low-income people globally represent an annual
purchasing capacity of US$ 5 trillion (PPP), with India, East Africa and South East Asia
accounting for a sizable chunk of this market.
This report documents findings from research on the emerging impact enteprise landscape in Papua New Guinea. This report was commissioned by UNDP and compiled by Intellecap (a globally-recognised specialist research group that specialises in SME, entrepreneurship and start-ups) titled Seeding Social Enterprise in Papua New Guinea. The report sets out the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in six key sectors of the economy that have a major impact on the lives of the majority of the population – agriculture, energy, health care, finance, education and water and sanitation.
On September 14, 2012, IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company (IntelleCash) announced that it had taken a majority stake in Arohan Financial Services (Arohan) and would consolidate the two businesses. We believe that the IntelleCash/Arohan transaction represents the “leading edge” of what is likely to be a growing trend toward consolidation in the Indian microfinance industry. As the industry slowly recovers and grows post the AP crisis, the new regulatory environment and the need for MFIs to be larger and more efficient will be primary drivers of this consolidation trend.
The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise sector is crucial to India's economy.Although 95% of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise units are informal in nature, the contribution of the sector to India's GDP has been growing consistently at 11% per annum, higher than overall GDP growth of 7-8% . Poor infrastructure and inadequate market linkages are among key factors that have constrained the growth of the sector. However, lack of adequate and timely access to finance has continued to be the biggest challenge.
Access to capital and human resources are the top two challenges Indian social enterprises face. Already juggling to bring together capital, a viable business model and market knowledge, social entrepreneurs face human resource (HR) challenges that impact their ability to scale, become sustainable and achieve social impact.
In India, social enterprises have become a national phenomenon in less than a decade, with a growing ecosystem of supporting players. Yet, despite this impressive growth, little is known about these social enterprises collectively: their geographic and sector distribution, business structure, stage of development, financial viability and funding sources.