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LGT Impact Ventures’ investment sectors

We focus on investments in the sectors agriculture, education, energy, health, and information and communication technologies.

More information US President Barack Obama (L) talks with June Muli, head of Customer Care at M-Kopa, about solar power during the Power Africa Innovation Fair, an initiative to increase the number of people with access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, on July 25, 2015 on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound in Nairobi.

Billions of people lack access to affordable, high-quality basic goods and services and livelihood opportunities. This represents an underserved demand of a multi-trillion US-Dollar market. We view this as an extraordinary opportunity for market-based solutions in sectors that are building blocks for empowering underserved people and their communities.

Number of people reached per sector in 2015

290k
Health
403k
Agriculture
812k
Education
1m
Energy

The tabs below showcase our key sectors with selected examples from our portfolio. Through our social impact fund Impact Ventures UK, we also invest in the sectors Employment & Skills and Housing & Shelter in the United Kingdom.

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Health
  • ICT

Agriculture: Acre Africa and Kennemer Foods Int.

Acre Africa develops and offers innovative agriculture weather index insurance products that are affordable, relevant and accessible to smallholder farmers.

Kennemer Foods International provides farmers with high-yielding planting materials, farm inputs, ongoing technical training and access to markets. KFI purchases cacao from farmers at a guaranteed minimum price, shielding them from the volatility of global commodity markets. This has resulted in a 340% average increase of famer’s annual incomes.

Education: Bridge, Lumni and Varthana

Bridge International Academies (BIA) is a for-profit chain of low-cost private primary schools. BIA provides affordable schooling to low-income families across urban communities. Its school-in a-box model is designed to set up, operate and scale with a key focus on quality and affordability.

Lumni channels and manages funding from investors to finance tertiary education of underprivileged students in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile, where up to 75 per cent of youngsters do not have access to tertiary education.

Varthana fills the current gap of financing affordable private schools by providing loans to help school owners enhance their schools’ infrastructure and improve education quality.

Energy: M-KOPA Solar

M-KOPA Solar has developed a proprietary, patented technology platform that combines embedded GSM + mobile payments to revolutionize asset financing in emerging markets. M-KOPA Solar targets low-income consumers, enabling them to purchase productive assets based on M-KOPA Solar’s affordable and convenient pay-per-use system that matches their income and expenditure patterns. In 2015, over 800’000 household members got access to affordable, fume-free, uninterrupted electricity through M-KOPA home solar systems.

With our investment in M-KOPA Solar, LGT Impact Ventures is part of US President Obama's Power Africa initiative "Beyond the Grid", joining 27 investors and practitioners committing to invest over USD 1 billion into off-grid and small scale solutions for this underserved market. This will create access to 20 million new connections for households and commercial entities and provide electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa.

Health: dr.consulta and MyDentist

dr.consulta provides high quality, low-cost specialty healthcare and diagnostic services to Brazil’s low to lower-middle income population via a network of clinics offering 30 specialty care services, diagnostics and laboratory services. 80 per cent of the patients are women and children.

MyDentist provides high-quality and affordable dentistry services to India’s urban mass market via a network of clinics that offer free consultations and a wide range of curative dental treatments.

Information and communication technologies (ICT): MamadaV

MamadaV is a mobile e-commerce platform that empowers stay-at-home mothers in China to open their own online stores through their social media networks. By referring and reselling educational and maternity products to other mothers, the women can generate additional income. Apart from increasing household income, MamadaV provides courses, trainings and workshops to educate mothers through an online and offline community.