“Is your potato same as mine?”?—?How digitizing produce quality assessment can transform Indian agri-marketing!
18 April 2018 0 Comments

By Yashwanth Sandupatla

Indian agriculture has undoubtedly witnessed a remarkable growth during last few decades. Agricultural production in India has undergone a phenomenal change since the dawn of green revolution and data from Agriculture Ministry suggests that the marketed surplus ratio (MSR) for most of the crops has increased appreciably during last 13 years from 1999–00 to 2013–14. A growing MSR clearly indicates the increasing commercialization of Indian agriculture. But for this achievement on the production front to translate into higher farm incomes, an efficient and competitive marketing system is quintessential.

Looking back and Looking ahead — India’s evolving AgriTech startup ecosystem
19 March 2018 0 Comments

By Dr. Ritu Verma

The past year has probably seen a spurt of new companies crop up (no pun intended) in what is commonly being referred to as Agritech. These young companies typically run by non-farming folks are trying to gnaw away at a sector that is Jurassic, a behemoth that as far as we know has resisted technology changes around it surviving on age old methods and is used to bowing to no one but the climate.

However the vagaries of climate, the shrinking size of land holdings and the limited knowledge of farmers is a reality. Will tech change that, is the burning question. In India agriculture is a $350 Billion dollar industry. The 158 million cultivated acres feeds not only India but also many others in the world. It provides livelihoods to over 500 million and yet majority of it is left to rely on the monsoon, the people who till the land are seen as beneficiaries, productivity lags and produce is wasted.

Ankur Capital - Office Hours
15 January 2018 0 Comments

At Ankur Capital we are helping build India by empowering startups and entrepreneurs. We invest in opportunities created by rising aspirations and digital access for the next billion Indians. We support technologies and product innovations in agriculture, healthcare, education and other areas with the potential to create large-scale impact.

We believe that it is important to bring more than capital. Hence, we have set up an in-house team which partners with portfolio companies to accelerate their growth. These experts help put strategies and processes in place for specific business functions such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and others

What can today’s startups learn from past agricultural revolutions
28 June 2017 0 Comments

With the increase in the splurge of new-age agri-tech companies, the risk today lies in tech folks who do not completely understand farmers and end up creating solutions that might not match the user requirements. It is relatively easier in the consumer market where many solutions arise from entrepreneurs’ own experiences. For a business to succeed, a deeper connection with the customer is necessary. In the agriculture space, this is even more pronounced as the customer faces a livelihood choice and one can’t view the share of wallet.

Building a Brand that Stands Out
1 August 2016 0 Comments

When we speak of branding and the successful brands that are out there, the large companies come to mind. The folks on the Times Square billboard have invested millions to ensure their logos are engrained in our heads and to also to ensure that a number of emotions are invoked when we look at logos of Coke, Amazon or Nike.

The 3 things we look for in the entrepreneurs we invest in
30 December 2014 0 Comments

We at Ankur can be picky with the companies we choose to invest in. Out of 500 companies we screened in the last year, we made the decision to invest only in 3. When we first look at a company, we pay close attention to the potential of geographic and social impact that company will have for its beneficiaries and suppliers. Then we judge the intrinsic business potential of the company – we look at a company’s potential for scalable growth at a sustainable rate. We make decisions based on analytical rigor, and we look at the potential upside of the company.

Kenya to India: Martin's Story
17 October 2014 0 Comments

Before coming to India, I had read what seemed like hundreds of articles and reports that put India’s Impact Business space as the second largest in the world - with an estimated value of $500 million worth of investments. There was endless information on the facts and figures, and not as much as to the innovation that was driving the figures. Once I set foot in India, the truth and reality about the story of what was happening in the Impact Business space was far more interesting and mind-blowing than the articles had told.

Appropriate Capital 1
1 April 2014 0 Comments

Impact focused companies are very diverse and need different kinds of capital to accelerate their growth. Impact investors typically need to use a range of deal structures to address this. Download a study conducted by INSEAD to better understand this.