As you can read in our Impact Booklet, One to Watch has helped to create over 300 jobs, supported the segregation of 6.500 tons of waste and contributed to selling 8.000 irrigation kits in 2017. As we plan to launch our 20 million fund our impact is expected to grow exponentially in 2018.
Impact data driven
As creating impact is the raison d’être of One to Watch, measuring the impact of our portfolio companies is fundamental to our work. In fact, measuring impact data and integrating these data into our investment and decision-making procedures distinguishes us from regular investment management companies. We are proud that we have build a full-fledged impact investment management company in Nepal over the last few years. Qualified local investment team? Check. Solid pipeline of Nepalese companies? Check. Impact data integrated in all decision-making processes? Check.
Towards 20 Million Euros
By the end of 2017 we manage a portfolio of 4 million Euro spread over 15 SMEs in Nepal. Our fundamentals are strong, confirmed former World Bank Chief Investment Officer Peter Tropper. So now what? It is time to seriously scale our fund and our impact. We will launch a 20 million euro fund in the upcoming months and aim to close it in December 2019. Mr. Tropper already committed to invest in the new fund.
Exciting new step
In 2018 we will also broaden our network of investors internationally, most notably by taking the current 10 Rockstart Impact companies to England for an extra Demo Day in London. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), one of the supporters of Rockstart Impact, will be able to show English taxpayers how public money is spent and make English investors aware of the investment opportunities in Nepal. This exciting step fits perfectly in the aim of One to Watch to become a role model for the impact investment industry.