IFC may invest upto $5Mn in Infuse Capital - an incubation and early stage fund aimed at seeding and supporting scalable ventures in India through equity investment up to US $1.5Mn per venture.
Infuse is housed at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad's business incubator – the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship ("CIIE") - and currently backed by BP Ventures (BP's corporate venturing arm) and Government of India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) & Technology Development Board (TDB).
Infuse aims to raise a US$25 Mn fund that will invest in technology and business model innovation based entrepreneurial solutions across the cleantech vertical. INFUSE will bridge the early-stage equity gap in this sector and simultaneously build an enabling ecosystem for eco-ventures in India.
UltraTech Cement Ltd. which was trying to buy the cements business from Jaiprakash Associates Ltd in a $2.3 billion deal, has met some road blocks as the debt ridden Jaypee Group has been unable to meet certain financial commitments including clearing statutory dues and providing working capital for the plants under review.