As an ESGI (ESG & Impact) native investor in financial services, the broader impact thesis of Apis Partners' investment mandate is centred around financial inclusion. One of the ways in which this is manifested is through a focus on ‘cashless’ - the ability for consumers and MSMEs to make non-cash based payments, and also to save funds electronically, is considered the first step for improving access to formal financial services.
Industry convergence redefines boundaries between sectors and increases the emphasis on usage of personal data. We see an opportunity for wellness platforms to provide true financial and physical wellness to customers through the convergence between financial services and healthcare services.
Changes to the multi-decade socio-economic situation and consumer expectations, combined with technology applications, will drive convergence of financial and physical (including mental) wellness. This trend has important implications for financial services firms and their new business models.