Accion, the global nonprofit focusing on the financial inclusion space, is looking to double its exposure to India in the coming years from the current $25 million (Rs 167 crore).
The firm is looking for investments across areas like small business lending and financial technology startups, primarily in the early to mid-stage segment. “Today, India is our most active country. We have a three-pronged strategy in the country,” said Accion chief operating officer (COO) Esteban A Altschul. He said that Accion is currently in talks with half a dozen companies for an investment and that “India is the hotbed for financial inclusion worldwide”. On the financial inclusion side, Accion is eyeing investments in segments like alternative credit scoring, risk management and insurance products for bottom of the pyramid. Accion also has a platform that backs more early stage companies, called Venture Labs. Under this programme, it has backed six companies in India with an average cheque size of $400,000 (Rs 2.6 crore).