What We Do
Seed Stage and Incubation
Lotus Impact works closely with entrepreneurs and seed stage social enterprises to provide seed round investment and/or incubation support. Support areas range from business plan creation, developing reliable financial projections, designing and prototyping products or services and going to market and fundraising. At all stages, Lotus Impact intentionally considers the social impact of the company alongside its prospects for a financial return.
[ Business Plan Creation / Financial Projections / Design and Prototyping / Go to Market and Funding ]
Example: Lotus has conducted in-depth field and market research in the Issan region of Thailand, identifying high impact value propositions in the tourism sector. We have looked at small scale AirBnB opportunities that provide local homeowners to employ and train local tour operators for a growing industry.
As companies under Lotus’ umbrella grow, we continue to support them in raising additional funding including Series B rounds and connecting key management with talent resources in our extensive partner network. Lotus Impact actively plays a role in the strategy execution to ensure companies create ongoing value.
[ Funding / Partner Network / Talent Recruiting / Series B Syndication ]
Example: Lotus has worked in the agriculture sector in Vietnam, identifying food distributors to scale-up operations through basic technology upgrades such as cold storage. Moreover, we have applied our gender lens investing approach that brings together cultural anthropology, fintech and community organizing methods.
[ Market Anaylsis / Feasability Studies / Program Design / Program Management ]
Example: In partnership with Red Hat Impact and Criterion Institute, Lotus helped to launch an award winning trade finance vehicle to support menstrual health in the Pacific Region, mainly women entrepreneurs in the informal economy access quality, affordable supplies.
As an impact fund and venture builder, Lotus works with ecosystem partners to build up a robust network of resources and solutions that enable enterprises to take root. Much of this work entails a deep understanding of entrepreneurs, enterprise development, growth markets, industries and its players, and often pilot programs that set the stage for seed investments.