India, Startups, VC

The missing piece of the 30-second pitch

Pitches come in all forms. Good ones, bad ones, long ones, short ones, and everything in between. Many of them, like those I heard at last week's Dasra Social Impact graduation, were carefully sculpted into 30-second pitches accompanied by a single powerpoint slide. If you're an entrepreneur and you get this opportunity, what should you… Continue reading The missing piece of the 30-second pitch

Asset-based Development, India, Startups

Can investors really “add value beyond money?”

Last month, I spoke with a veteran entrepreneur about some advice he had given a first-timer about whether to take money from an investor. The younger asked, "What value do they add beyond money? What kind of technical assistance, etc.?" The older--who has received at best intermittent support from us at First Light--replied "Just take… Continue reading Can investors really “add value beyond money?”

India, Startups, VC

The Closing Gap in Indian Seed Investing

(This is reposted with edits from vilcap.com, where Ross is making bold predictions about the upcoming year in impact investing and social enterprise) When First Light began two and a half years ago, we had one goal: to fill the gap in funding between family members and social venture funds. Social enterprises were popping up on the… Continue reading The Closing Gap in Indian Seed Investing