PRESS RELEASES

Beyond Capital announces membership to ANDE

January 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Beyond Capital Fund is pleased to announce its membership to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE). ANDE is a global network of 280+ organizations that are dedicated to the support of small and growing businesses (SGB) in over 150 countries.

 

"This is an exciting time for us to join ANDE as we have recently concluded three investments in East Africa," explains Eva Yazhari, CEO, and Co-Founder of Beyond Capital. "Through the ANDE network, we look forward to sharing our knowledge of seed-stage investing, networking with like-minded investors and companies, and spreading the word about impact investing more widely."

Beyond Capital adds to growing portfolio with Farmers Pride

January 25, 2018

NAIROBI, KENYA - Beyond Capital is pleased to announce its recent investment in Farmers Pride, a Kenya-based social enterprise that provides last-mile delivery of agricultural inputs and services to smallholder farmers, with the aim of improving their income, productivity and nutrition. Farmers Pride’s innovative business model leverages the local agro-dealer network to build franchised outlets in remote locations that facilitate timely and affordable delivery of farm inputs, services, and information.

Beyond Capital exits from investment in ERC Eye Care

January 17, 2018

ASSAM, INDIA – Beyond Capital Fund announced today that it has sold its ownership stake in ERC Eye Care Pvt. Ltd., realizing a 26% IRR, over a four-year holding period.

 

ERC Eye Care started in 2011 by Dr. Parveez Ubed as a standalone clinic and community outreach camps providing accessible, affordable, and inclusive on-demand eye care in underserved regions of Assam, India. Beyond Capital invested in ERC Eye Care in March 2014 and deployed capital over three tranches until January 2016. Since 2011, the company has served over 120,000 patients, sold more than 42,000 glasses, and performed more than 3,000 cataracts surgeries. ERC opened its first hospital in February 2015 and a second in February 2016.

Beyond Capital accepted into Forbes New York Business Council

December 18, 2017

NEW YORK CITY (December 2017) — Beyond Capital Fund (“Beyond Capital”), an impact investment fund that invests in seed-stage, for-profit social enterprises serving impoverished communities throughout India and East Africa, has been accepted into the Forbes New York Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for small business owners in Greater New York City.

Beyond Capital Presents at Prestel and Partner Family Office Forum

October 15, 2017

LONDON, UK, October 16, 2017 – Earlier this month, Eva Yazhari (CEO, Beyond Capital) presented at the Prestel and Partner Family Office Forum at the Dorchester in London. Eva led a "How to" conversation in the Combining Profit with Purpose track at the Forum, designed to introduce family offices to the practicalities of impact investing and particularly to venture capital in emerging markets. Eva also spoke on a panel discussion detailing "Best practices in dealing with Impact Investments" alongside an SRI advisor to the Oxford University Endowment Fund, an independent impact consultant, and a European liaison for the Global Impact Investing Network.

Beyond Capital Invests in Kasha

October 09, 2017

DALLAS, TX, October 10, 2017 – Beyond Capital is pleased and proud to announce the Fund's recent investment in Kasha, a mobile retail and content platform that sells women's health products such as sanitary pads and contraceptives in Rwanda. Kasha takes on the issue of social stigma, focusing on confidentiality and democratizing access to women's health. The Company strives to be Africa's largest platform for women's health products and information.

Beyond Capital Invests in East Africa Fruits Farm & Company

June 07, 2017

NEW YORK, NY, June 8, 2017 – Beyond Capital is pleased and proud to announce the Fund's recent investment in East Africa Fruits Farm & Company ("EAFFC"), a production, trading, and distribution business aimed at minimizing post-harvest losses in Tanzania by buying produce directly from smallholder farmers and delivering to major local markets via cold chain logistics.

Improving Rural Healthcare in India

May 25, 2017

Let’s look at Rajasthan-based, Karma Healthcare, a private social enterprise which improves access to primary healthcare services in rural India by bridging the gap digitally.

Startups complement existing rural healthcare networks with technology

December 04, 2016

When Pooja Rathore*, 23, was brought to Karma Healthcare's clinic in Jaisamand in Rajasthan, she was in a critical condition. The doctors ordered a blood test, found that her haemoglobin level was as low as 2.1 and ordered an immediate transfusion to save her life. All within minutes and from an office more than 45km away in Udaipur.

Beyond Capital receives social investment from Frey Charitable Foundation

November 10, 2016

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, November 10, 2016 - Beyond Capital Fund, an impact investment fund that promotes economic development in impoverished countries, is pleased to announce and accept a Philanthropic Investment Grant from social investor, Frey Charitable Foundation, to be applied to Beyond Capital Fund's investments in India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and/or Rwanda towards social impact enterprise initiatives.

Announcing the Beyond Capital Platform

November 09, 2016

In the fall of 2016, Beyond Capital announced a new means by which family offices, foundations, and other interested donors can engage in direct investing at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid (BoP). The Beyond Capital Platform matches Beyond Capital's expertise in capital allocation, diligence process management, and relationships with both co-investors and later-stage funders, with the appropriate partners' networks, resources, and capital to find and fund the right opportunities for sustained economic growth at the BoP.

President Pranab Mukherjee invites Karma Healthcare to set up telemed clinics in Haryana

September 30, 2016

JAIPUR: In June this year, President Pranab Mukherjee adopted five villages in Haryana - four in Gurgaon district and one in Mewat - to make them model villages. Now, Rajasthan's Karma Healthcare has just launched a telemedicine clinic at one of these villages. The firm had earlier set up such facilities in rural Udaipur. "We were honoured to get a call from the President's Office asking if we might set up these facilities in Haryana," Jagdeep Gambhir, the force behind Karma, told TOI.

Bodhi Health’s e-learning solutions are improving the skills of frontline healthcare workers

September 06, 2016

“When I discovered that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was using a platform to train and refresh its frontline staff, I was convinced that it will work even better for us,” says Dr. Wangchuk. The unique training platform being referred to here, is Bodhi Health, a Gurgaon-based health worker training e-solutions start-up founded by Abhinav Girdhar. Bodhi Health produces interactive videos on varied medical processes. The modules could be as simple as communicating with patients to complicated medical procedures like conducting dialysis. Such videos are then installed on the server of hospitals or nursing colleges, which will eventually be available on each user’s computer or smartphone for learning.

 

Beyond Capital Fund Invests in Karma Healthcare

August 28, 2015

Beyond Capital Fund is pleased and proud to announce the Fund’s recent investment in Karma Healthcare, a healthcare company providing affordable, equitable and reliable primary integrated healthcare services to the under-served populations of rural South Rajasthan, one of India’s most poverty-stricken regions. Beyond Capital Fund invested alongside Ankur Capital and Ennovant, two local Indian impact investment funds.

Beyond Capital Fund at “Sankalp Global Forum 2015”

April 23, 2015

Eva Helene Yazhari, CEO and co-founder of Beyond Capital Fund is proud to announce Beyond Capital’s recent participation as a delegate at the recently concluded “Sankalp Global Forum 2015” on April 9th and 10th.

Beyond Capital Fund and O’Melveny & Myers Enable Social Impact Investment in India

March 25, 2014

Beyond Capital Fund (“BCF”), a public charity that promotes economic development in impoverished communities through investment in the water, waste and sanitation, healthcare, and energy sectors, completed a compulsory convertible debenture investment into Frontier Markets (“FM”) in November 2013 with the aid of pro bono legal counsel from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. O’Melveny’s legal expertise, due diligence, and deal structuring services enabled Beyond Capital Fund, Rianta Capital, and IIX Asia to facilitate a US$150,000 seed investment into FM.

Beyond Capital Fund Announces Portfolio Additions, Website Launch

March 03, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 3, 2014 – Beyond Capital Fund (“BCF”) is proud to announce that BCF has made capital investments in two additional social enterprises, Frontier Markets and ERC Eye Care. Additionally BCF supported its existing portfolio companies with mentoring resources.

“Through our two most recent investments, Frontier Markets and ERC Eye Care, we continue to fulfill our mission of supporting the most legitimate and viable social enterprises globally and have expanded our portfolio’s social impact immensely,” said Eva Yazhari, BCF Chief Executive Officer.

BCF recently launched its updated website (BeyondCapitalFund.org), showcasing its fresh face as BCF enters its fifth year in operation. BCF continues to perform strongly in all areas of its operations including deal flow, social enterprise mentoring, and the strength of the BCF team.

Beyond Capital Fund Lead Investor for Frontier Markets

January 09, 2014

Lead investor, Beyond Capital Fund, was seeking co-investors to participate in the Frontier Markets investment round. The capital raised by FM is in the form of compulsorily convertible debentures. This capital will enable FM to impact over 100,000 families by providing them with safe, clean and economic energy products, allowing them to save up to US$100 annually on energy costs.

Frontier Markets (FM) is a last-mile sales and distribution company that offers clean energy products and superior after-sales service to low-income, base of the pyramid (BOP) households in rural India. FM targets consumers who have limited access to electricity, who reside in rural and semi-urban settings, and who are considered low-income. These consumers are often farmers or laborers, and many of them are microfinance clients.

ERC Eye Care Raises Money From Investors To Fund Expansion Plan

December 18, 2013

Assam based ERC Eye Care raises money from Beyond Capital Fund and other investors to fund expansion plan.

BANGALORE: Ennovent Impact Investment Holding and Ankur Capital have invested an undisclosed amount in Assam-based eyecare company ERC Eye Care. Beyond Capital Fund, angel investor Sadeesh Raghavan, and Ennovent Circle, which accelerates innovations for low-income markets, also participated.

ERC will use the funds to expand operations across Northeast India. “This investment will enable ERC to not only expand the number of vision centres we operate currently but also to launch our first hub hospital,” said Parveez Ubed, a Guwahati-based ophthalmologist and founder of ERC. “We also hope to further scale ERC’s IT systems, telemedicine facilities and quality standards.”

Nyberg Capital Enters Partnership with Beyond Capital Fund

July 25, 2012

Nyberg Capital has entered into a partnership with Beyond Capital Fund. In an innovative way, the Beyond Capital Fund combines charity with impact investing: Beyond Capital Fund provides investment capital in the critical early stages of a social business by taking a traditional investment approach to maximize social impact in a sustainable way.

 

The team consists of investment professionals who work for the Fund on a pro bono basis and profits are reinvested into new ideas over time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the fund. The fund is financed by donations and the profits from its projects. Donors are given full transparency about the fund’s investments and can also choose to co-invest into individual projects.

Aside from financial support, Nyberg Capital will leverage its network to the benefit of Beyond Capital Fund and to help create awareness for this unique concept in Switzerland.

Beyond Capital Fund and McGuireWoods Partner to Support Social Impact Investing

May 02, 2012

Beyond Capital Fund, a public foundation that employs a traditional investment approach to social investing, recently completed a debt investment with the aid of pro bono legal counsel at McGuireWoods LLP. McGuireWoods’ legal due diligence resulted in Beyond Capital Fund lending $10,000 along with in-kind donations to Sanergy, a sanitation company based in Kenya. In total, Sanergy raised more than $500,000 to pilot the company’s innovative model, which seeks to solve two critical issues facing urban slums – proper sanitation and affordable energy – by offering low-cost, high-quality sanitation services that turns the collected waste into renewable energy.

 

The market need for proper sanitation and affordable energy is large and growing rapidly. 40 percent of the world, or 2.6 billion people, lack access to adequate sanitation, the second largest cause of disease in the world. In Kenya, 10 million people live in slums, 80 percent of whom lack access to basic sanitation. Sanergy seeks to solve both of these issues with its franchise business model, which has already established 12 franchises in two Nairobi slums, averaging 500 users per day. In addition to providing employment to Kenyan micro-entrepreneurs, Sanergy also facilitates daily cleaning and waste collection services. Collected waste is composted into organic fertilizer, which is then sold for agricultural use, with plans to convert a proportion of the waste into biogas to generate electricity. Beyond Capital Fund believes Sanergy is well positioned to grow and scale its business within the Kenyan sanitation, energy and agricultural sectors.

Beyond Capital Fund Invests in Kenyan Sanitation and Renewable Energy Company

April 27, 2012

Beyond Capital Fund, a public foundation that employs a traditional investment approach to social investing, recently completed a debt investment in Sanergy, a sanitation company with a focus on Kenya slum dwellers.  In total, Sanergy raised over $500,000 to pilot the company’s innovative model, which seeks to solve two critical issues facing urban slums – proper sanitation and affordable energy – by offering low-cost, high-quality sanitation services that turns the collected waste into renewable energy.

The market need for proper sanitation and affordable energy is large and growing rapidly. 40% of the world, or 2.6 billion people, lack access to adequate sanitation, the second largest cause of disease in the world. In Kenya, 10 million people live in slums, 80% of which lack access to basic sanitation. Sanergy seeks to solve both of these issues with its franchise business model, which has already established 12 franchises in two Nairobi slums, averaging 500 users per day. In addition to providing employment to Kenyan micro-entrepreneurs, Sanergy also facilitates daily cleaning and waste collection services. Collected waste is composted into organic fertilizer, which is then sold for agricultural use, with future plans to convert a proportion of the waste into biogas to generate electricity. Beyond Capital Fund believes Sanergy is well positioned to grow and scale its business within the Kenyan sanitation, energy and agricultural sectors. “We feel confident that we have invested in a strong management team and business model that will generate solid financial and social returns,” stated Eva Yazhari, Executive Director of Beyond Capital Fund.

Beyond Capital Fund decided to invest in Sanergy with help from pro bono legal partners, McGuireWoods, Baker & McKenzie, and Miller Buckfire. Beyond Capital Fund has partnered with four top-tier law firms in order to provide social businesses with high quality pro bono legal counsel and contribute to a high standard of legal due diligence throughout the investment process. These partnerships play a critical role in Beyond Capital Fund’s decision-making process, which also includes the Due Diligence Committee, Board of Directors, and Advisors. Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Beyond Capital Fund’s Director, supported the decision after a visit to Kenya, “I have met Sanergy operating their first project in the Kibera slum in Nairobi.  I was enthused by the concept of providing clean, sustainable sanitation to people at the bottom of the pyramid, combined with the entrepreneurship aspects of creating business opportunities for the operator of those sanitation systems. Both the scalability of the concept, and the value that this project delivers for the user and the owner of the franchise, are particularly impressive.”

Beyond Capital Fund: Supporting Social Entrepreneurship in Healthcare, Clean Water and Energy

May 27, 2011

Demeter Development is please to support Beyond Capital Fund as their chosen charity for 2011.  Beyond Capital Fund seeks out high potential social entrepreneurs with innovative business models in the areas of healthcare, clean water and energy that operate in India and East Africa, and provides them with the seed capital needed to scale their businesses, move to additional rounds of fundraising, and further expand their impact. 

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