Unitus Impact Syndicate Series
United States of America
Last updated 13 May 2020, by Impactyield.
Unitus Impact is an early-stage impact investing firm with the mission of improving livelihoods of low-income populations by supporting the growth of scalable, financially attractive livelihood ventures. We focus on innovative ventures in Southeast Asia, India and Africa. While our investments are not limited to selected industries, current investments focus on supply chain innovation, agribusiness, microenterprise financing tools, and microfranchising opportunities. UI seeks strong management teams with track records of commercial success, social awareness, and experience working with the populations they aim to serve. Our investors are forward-thinking family offices, institutions, and individuals who believe that scalable market-based solutions are critical in the fight against global poverty. UI leverages the extensive Unitus Family network to source best in class opportunities as well as provide our entrepreneurs with the network and support they require to succeed.
Unitus Impact follows a unique pledge fund structure. Rather than raising a blind pool fund, we structure each portfolio company investment as a separate special purpose vehicle (SPV). This structure allows investors to participate on a deal by deal basis therein providing the opportunity to build a portfolio reflecting the geographies, sectors and types of impact that are most important to them. Furthermore the pledge fund fee-structure is less than the fees charged by traditional blind pool funds.
Unitus Impact is equally focused on both financial and social returns. We seek to prove that investing into livelihood ventures can provide commercial returns while doing social good. As such, we target impactful portfolio companies that achieve profitability and scale quickly. We target risk-commensurate financial returns; 20% IRR for our investors.
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Unitus Impact Partners
Headquarters location: United States of America
Other funds managed by this asset manager: Livelihood Impact Fund
Key performance indicators
Asset manager: Unitus Impact Partners
Product track record: Fund has 12 years of track record
Target IRR: 20%
Committed Capital: 0 USD (US Dollar)
Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return
Fund domicile: United States of America
Product status: Closed - no longer investing
Style/Stage: Early Stage, Growth Stage
Inception year: 2011
Vintage year: 2011
Target region: Africa, Emerging countries
Target close date: n.a.
Product term: 5-10 year term
Assets under management: n.a.
Investment size: Min: 500,000; Max: 5,000,000; Avg: 1,250,000
Co-investment policy: LPs have priority, With LPs and non-LPs
Currency of investments: USD (US Dollar)
Currency for fund / product figures: USD (US Dollar)
Fund investments to date: 5
Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0
Management fee: 2%
Carried interest: 20%
Hurdle rate: Varies per investment%
GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No
Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.
Limited Partner / Investor Type: Endowments/Foundations, Family Office, Other Institutional Investors
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Chief Executive Officer
Unitus Impact invests into livelihood ventures that create large-scale jobs and improve incomes for the working poor. These livelihood ventures optimize inefficient systems and supply chains, provide access to markets, and create significant value at the base of the pyramid. We quantify social and livelihood impact on low-income populations by measuring 1) percentage of income increase and 2) number of livelihoods/jobs created. Our measurement process is two fold. First, portfolio companies perform intake assessments and determine each participant's base income level. Second, we conduct ongoing tracking and reporting which provides insight into how each company is improving livelihoods over time.
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