Network & Investments

Apis Partners benefits from the deep industry domain of its Portfolio Companies’ top management and its Network members.
Our ecosystem includes a wide ranging network of industry recognised experts, providing our funds with invaluable insight, whether Growth Markets-specific or industry-wide.  Our team, our Expert Network and our Portfolio Companies, toger her focus on understanding barriers to adoption of FS in our markets, how to better leverage national schemes, innovation and data to accelerate financial inclusion and, how to seize this market opportunity in a sustainable way.

Portfolio companies

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MicroCred (www.microcredgroup.com) is a leading financial institution providing high quality financial services that are accessible and adapted to the needs of financially unbanked or underbanked customer segments, particularly MSMEs, across nine countries in Africa and Asia. It is one of the few global financial institutions that has successfully operationalised and scaled the provision of micro credit in a tailored manner. MicroCred was founded in 2005 by PlaNet Finance and partner shareholders. Its objective is to improve the living conditions of clients and their families, and to contribute to the economic development of the countries in which it operates. EPS (www.electronicpay.in) is a leading payment systems company founded in 2011 by veterans from the banking, technology, and retail industry. EPS is headquartered in Mumbai, and specialises in end-to-end Automated Teller Machine (ATM) operations and outsourcing services, as well as a holistic range of ATM managed services, enabling banks to concentrate on core banking functions. EPS has built a firm reputation of delivering results, reliability and dependability, having successfully deployed approximately 5,000 ATMs for 26 banks in urban and rural locations across India, in support of the Indian government’s mission to drive financial inclusion.
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The DPO Group (www.directpay.online) is the leading online payments processing solution in East and Southern Africa. It serves thousands of online merchants in the region, including leading travel and tourism-related businesses in the region. The DPO Group acquired PayGate in South Africa in September 2016. The Group accepts all major credit cards, mobile money and e-wallets, and is a leader in technology, usability and security across the region. It is currently the only Payment Service Provider in East Africa holding PCI DSS Level 1 Certification and recently introduced a mobile application that enables merchants to process payments through their mobile phones using a mobile Point of Sale device. Star Health (www.starhealth.in) is one of India’s leading health insurance providers and is India’s first and largest stand-alone business in the retail health insurance segment. It was founded in 2006 and currently provides over 3.7 million customers with health insurance, overseas medical cover and personal accident cover. The Company has a pan-India presence with more than 300 branch offices and a network of more than 7,000 hospitals. For the financial year ending March 2016, Gross Premium Income for the Company crossed INR 2,000 Cr (US$ 300 million). The Company is a pioneer of several innovations and industry firsts and has been consistently recognised as a leader in the health insurance market.
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Transfast (www.transfast.com) is a leading omni-channel provider of multi-currency cross-border payments solutions to consumers and businesses around the world. The company operates a best-in-class network across more than 120 countries and 200,000 payout points in the Americas, Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa with multi-product capability, including a leading instant bank transfer offering. The Funds’ capital has been used to expand the Company’s penetration of key African (e.g. Nigeria) and South Asian (e.g. India and Bangladesh) markets.

 

Our Experts on Driving Financial Inclusion And Enabling Reverse Innovation In Growth Markets

Kosta Peric, Dep. Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on striving for financial inclusion

Mark Roberton, Head of Strategy and M&A – PCB, Barclays, on the role of Private Equity in developing Financial Services in Africa

JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, Salesforce, on innovation in Growth Markets

Oliver Krantz, Apis Partners,  on the opportunity for Financial Services growth in Africa

Sanjay Sachdev, CEO, Zyfin, on the opportunity for Financial Services growth in India

William Keliehor, Apis Partners, on customising loyalty schemes to drive financial inclusion

David Soloff, Founder & CEO, Premise, on Premise’s plan for big data play in Growth Markets like India

Neal DeLaurentis, Soros Economic Development Fund, on financial inclusion being a priority

We invest both financial and intellectual capital to grow 21st century Growth Markets’ entrepreneurial and innovative Financial Services companies into global market leaders.

We believe there has never been a better time to affect positive change in Growth Markets and we want to be the catalyst capital that lifts entire communities into a better way of life.  Our Investee Companies benefit not only from the capital investment, but also from our subject matter expertise that we bring to bear with us as responsible investors.