IIM-Ahmedabad sets aside $25 mn for startups under Bharat Inclusion Initiative; lists four focus areas

Mumbai: Top management institute IIM-Ahmedabad today launched the Bharat Inclusion Initiative, which aims to invest about $25 million in startups working in the areas of financial inclusion, livelihood, education and health over the next three to four years.

Launched by the institute's Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the initiative aims to channelise approximately $25 million over the next 3-4 years towards backing game-changing startups leveraging the ongoing digital transformation in India, it said in a release.

With seed support from Tata Trusts, CIIE has received an initial commitment of $12.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and Omidyar Network, according to the release. This includes a $5 million commitment for providing support to startups through a series of acceleration programs, focused research, training workshops and piloting partnerships.

Startups. Representational image. PTI

Startups. Representational image. PTI

In addition, CIIE will also invest in seed and pre-series-A startups through a dedicated Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund - which announced its initial closing at $7.5 million and is expected to make a final close at $15 million by July, it said.

"The Bharat Inclusion Initiative aims to provide a continuum of solutions to inclusion focused tech entrepreneurs across the pre-incubation, seed and scale-up stage and help them jump to the next orbit,"said Neharika Vohra, chairperson, CIIE Initiatives.

To enhance the learning of the entire ecosystem, all research, insights, knowledge and publications created under the programme will be openly disseminated, according to the release.

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Updated Date: May 14, 2018 17:19:11 IST

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