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Venky Natarajan, Managing Director, Lok Capital

Lok Capital (Lok) is a fund manager that promotes inclusive growth in India by making long-term equity investments. Lok has three funds under management, with a focus in financial services, healthcare, and agriculture.

In April 2016, Venky Natarajan, Managing Director of Lok Capital, spoke with the GIIN about Lok’s work as a pioneer in the impact investing space and how they are expanding the market in India. Having started as a microfinance investor, Lok has since deepened its presence in financial inclusion and diversified its portfolio to include firms such as Ujjivan, Equitas (MFI-SFB licensees), Vistaar (SME lending) and niche players such as Drishti (Eye Care) and SV Agri (Agri Supply Chain). Lok also supports investees through a technical assistance programme to strengthen capabilities, as well as by making quality talent available through a fellowship programme.

In the video, Natarajan discusses innovations in business models that can be applied to base of the pyramid services, comments on bringing more institutional investors into the current landscape to address barriers to scaling the impact investing market in India, and shares his vision for what the industry will look like in the future.

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