Lok Capital: Blending commercial capital and smart subsidies for transformative impact (podcast)

Today’s pipeline of attractive impact investments is built on yesterday’s unproven markets, unprepared enterprises and unappreciated customers.

From microfinance to affordable housing to off-grid renewable energy, segments once considered “concessionary” have developed into robust and mature opportunities for commercial investors seeking risk-adjusted market-rate returns.

Such market development doesn’t happen by itself, or all in the same way. In Episode 4 ofImpactAlpha’s Beyond Trade-offs series of podcasts, produced in collaboration with Omidyar Network, Vishal Mehta of Lok Capital recalls how the Delhi-based impact investor blended venture capital and grant funding to build markets for financial services, health care and education for low-income Indians.

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