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Impact Investing Firm Aavishkaar Wins Sustainability and Operational Excellence Challenge

Press Trust of India  |  MUMBAI 

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wins challenge for their work with firm - NEPRA

The Institute's third annual and Operational Excellence Challenge, award was conferred on the global pioneer for outstanding sustainable impact from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective.

The award recognized for its role in value creation for their in Nepra Resource Management, which diverts waste away from landfills by following a very scalable model of dry waste (recyclables such as plastics, glass and paper), while positively impacting the livelihoods of waste pickers in

Aavishkaar secured 71% votes from a global audience of over 250 leading emerging market private capital investors convened at the Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets summit. for its in Rio Energy and IFC and (AMC) for their in Bandhan Bank Limited, were the other two leading finalists.

The finalists were chosen out of global submissions from the emerging markets fund community, and they represented the firms receiving the highest marks across the various categories of selection criteria from an independent panel of judges. This year's judges included Natasha Buckley, Senior Manager, at UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI); Shawn Cole, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration, at Harvard Business School; and, Gayle Peterson, Associate Fellow, Said Business School, and Director, Oxford and Programs. Emerging market fund managers and global institutional investors attending the summit made the final selection of the winner after hearing presentations highlighting key impact and operational metrics.

Ajay Maniar, Partner, Aavishkaar, fund winner and presenter, remarked after receiving the most audience votes, "We are honored to receive this award. Aavishkaar had identified as an investment opportunity that could create both impact for marginalized communities and commercial value for its funds while addressing a pressing environmental issue. We backed the young team at Nepra in 2013 to take on this challenge. It has been immensely satisfying journey for us to see Nepra completely transform its operations and processes by leveraging the power of technology to achieve rapid scale. Nepra is an endorsement of our investment philosophy that scale, and impact can go hand in hand. "

Sandeep Patel, Co-Founder & CEO, Nepra, portfolio company winner and presenter, added, "We are extremely excited and encouraged to receive this award. For an getting the right investor is important. We have been fortunate to have an investor like Aavishkaar who empowered us not only with capital, but with a great deal of support in transforming our vision into a scalable business."

About NEPRA Resource Management Pvt Ltd:

'Let's Recycle' is an initiative of Nepra Resource Management Private Limited, a services company based out of Ahmedabad, Lets' Recycle - NEPRA is building a sustainable value-chain for dry waste collection, processing and leading to a 'Circular Economy'. Founded by Sandeep Patel, and in 2011, it brings transparency and scalability in the highly unorganized Indian waste management sector, benefiting bottom of pyramid and improving resource efficiency and promoting Circular Model. To know more about Nepra, please visit

About EMPEA:

is the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets. An independent, non-profit organization, the association brings together 300+ firms-including institutional investors, fund managers and industry advisors-who manage more than US$5 trillion in assets across 130 countries. EMPEA members share the organization's belief that private capital can deliver attractive long-term investment returns and promote the sustainable growth of companies and economies. EMPEA supports its members globally through authoritative research and intelligence, conferences, networking, education and advocacy. To find out more and join the association, please visit or contact us at

About Aavishkaar:

Aavishkaar, a part of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap group, is one of the global pioneers in impact investing, taking an entrepreneurship based approach to development. Since its incorporation in 2002, Aavishkaar has gone on to make more than 58 investments, across sectors and geographies including the low income states and has raised six funds, delivering commercial returns with a total of USD 300 Million under management. Aavishkaar's unique approach has resulted in its invested enterprises impacting over 70 million lives and creating over 250,000 jobs and livelihoods. Aavishkaar started its journey in and invests across and South- Aavishkaar has now launched its 7th fund in

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 13:15 IST