Towards Gender Inclusive Investing Practices

Graphic courtesy of Intellecap
Graphic courtesy of Intellecap

Original post on Intellicap website


Intellecap is the advisory arm of The Aavishkaar Group, which works to build businesses that can benefit the underserved segments across Asia and Africa. 

MIT D-Lab and Intellecap, with support from ANDE, hosting Co-Design Sprint in India on Gender Inclusive Investing

Despite the growing momentum around Gender Lens Investing (GLI) — investing that can simultaneously generate financial return and advance gender parity — interested fund managers have limited options when it comes to finding the right support that they need for embedding gender smart practices across their investment cycle, from deal sourcing to exit.

What Do We Mean By ‘Gender Inclusive’ Investing?

Valuing where and how women participate in a business as a material factor of consideration in investment-decision making and portfolio management. Specifically, we refer to gender smart investments as those:

  • Are led by a female founder and/or leadership team
  • Offer a product or service that improve the lives of women and girls
  • Promote workplace equity (in staffing, management, boardroom representation, and along their supply chains)

How can we move gender inclusive investing ambitions into actionable strategies and measurable outcomes?

MIT D-Lab and Intellecap are convening a group of investors, entrepreneurs and gender impact actors to identify, and solve for key roadblocks they face in implementing gender inclusive practices in their organizations. The themes of the Co-Design Sprint workshops will be:

  • Improving deal sourcing to bring in more female-led and gender-forward businesses
  • Recognizing, eliminating bias in screening and due diligence processes
  • Tracking & using gender impact data in investment portfolios 

Interested in joining us?  Sign-up now! 

Co-Design Sprint Structure

In a highly interactive 5-part workshop series, impact investors will work in teams to learn, imagine and prototype solutions to their gender smart investing roadblocks. Each workshop will provide participants the opportunities to deepen their understanding around a particular theme, generate innovative ideas, exchange best practices, and connect with a community of gender smart investing leaders.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop schedule

Who Should Participate?

  • Equity investors who are based in India or are deploying significant funds in the country and want to prioritize gender to drive impact.
  • Female and/or gender-forward entrepreneurs
  • Gender, investment experts and ecosystem actors who can offer unique insights and perspectives on gender smart investing.

Meet The Investors

investor logos: Aavishkaar Capital, Accion, Unitus Ventures, Omidyar Network

Interested in joining us?  Sign-up now! 

To ensure high quality productive workshops, attendance numbers will be limited for each workshop.

This Co-Design Sprint is supported by the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs Advancing Women’s Empowerment Fund.

More Information

Scale-Ups Fellowship Design Sprint 2021

Scale-Ups Fellowship


Jona Repishti, MIT D-Lab Social Entrepreneurship Manager