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    Date submitted
  • 18-Feb-2016

Lotus Impact

Abstract

Lotus Impact is the first indigenous impact investing fund targeting social entrepreneurship across Southeast Asia. Lotus Impact is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with two components: An incubator and venture capital fund. The incubator looks at early stage companies/entrepreneurs and provides strategic value in co-creating high social impact and commercially sustainable investments. The venture fund is a USD 25m fund that provides seed and series A capital to social enterprises. Lotus Impact is also active in ecosystem building across the region, especially in the formation of a regional network of local and foreign angel investors to co-investment in social impact enterprises.

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Social enterprises in Southeast Asia

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

In looking at private sector development in emerging markets, Lotus Impact looks at creating institutional financing with practical incubator services to accelerate the build-up of successful social enterprises that lead to a.) models for impact investing in Southeast Asia/globally b.) spurring economic development in emerging economies while creating long-term impact benefits to improve the overall economy

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

The main attributes are that a.) Lotus Impact is well positioned in Southeast Asia working directly with social enterprises; b.) An early pioneer with the right mix of experience/skills to provide governance, strategy and business development; and c.) unique structure to work with development finance institutions/bi-laters, family offices/HNWIs, institutional investors and private foundations.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Lotus Impact is based in Southeast Asia with a robust mix of skills and experiences to work in the emerging markets. Moreover, Lotus Impact executes its investments by creating local, strategic partnerships that not only share risk, create opportunities, but generate an ecosystem building approach to collaborate with many partners. Finally, Lotus Impact team is lean (team of 6) and all operate and manage key investment projects with aligned incentives.