When it comes to venture capital, India is home to 107 "unicorns" - startups valued at $1 billion or more - but only 11 of them are impact startups, Quartz reports.
"One could argue that asset managers have made unprecedented commitments to impact AUM allocation, fueling its 11% growth since 2016.
However, the private markets AUM grew from $5.2 Tn in 2016 to $9.8 Tn in 2021 during the same period at a CAGR of 16%," according to a report from Intellecap.
"The predicament intensifies when we combine this statistic with a survey by JP Morgan and GIIN, which found that over 55% of impact funds deliver at least market rate returns, as well as a study by MSCI, which found that over 55% of impact funds deliver at least market rate returns."
According to Intellecap, 40% of the world's 1,200 unicorns can be classified as impactech startups, meaning they're using technology to solve a problem, rather than using it to create a disruptive business model.
"The truth is impact and technology have never been two unrelated paradigms," Intellecap states.
"Both styles of investing are deeply intertwined and form a continuum rather than a dichotomy."
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