About Us

Capria - CAP ree ah - means 'capital flow'
Our mission is to catalyze more capital to flow into underserved emerging markets.

Capria is a global financial services innovator focused on investing in the “missing middle” finance opportunity in emerging markets. Capria manages Capria Accelerator, the first global business accelerator for impact fund managers; Capria Fund, providing seed capital and taking anchor investment positions in the best fund managers in emerging markets; Unitus Seed Fund, India’s leading impact venture seed fund; and Capria Network, amplifying emerging funds’ performance while accelerating their impact. Capria is focused on delivering superior profits to investors and social and environmental impact at scale positively impacting the lives of millions. Capria is backed by Unitus, a pioneer in incubating financial services firms that address global problems with innovative, market-driven solutions. Capria was founded in 2012 with offices in Seattle and Bangalore. Learn more about what we do >

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Recognized as 2015 Top 50 Global Impact Fund Manager by ImpactAssets

Philosophy

Over the past decade, we have seen first-hand the growing demand for early-stage capital from capable entrepreneurs developing disruptive businesses with built-in impact for their communities, particularly in emerging markets. We see this as a huge opportunity and we are interested in investing in and partnering with fund managers who have a similar vision. We believe that successful early-stage investing can only be accomplished with an exceptionally efficient systems-driven investment process led by on-the-ground, empowered, professional investment teams. We seek investment strategies that deliver both competitive financial returns and scalable impact.

Learn more about how we think about impact >

Meet the Team

Dave Richards

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Managing Partner -
"The Operator"

Dave Richards is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, and global early-stage investor. Co-founded Capria. Co-founded Unitus Seed Fund, the leading venture impact seed fund in India.

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Previously, Developed and led multiple high-growth technology businesses at RealNetworks, Sybase and Symantec from startup to multiple hundred million dollar global enterprises. More >

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Will Poole

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Managing Partner -
"The Scaler"

Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor, focused on improving ecosystems that bring opportunity to low-income populations. In 2012, he co-founded Unitus Seed Fund.

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Will's career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. At Microsoft, he ran the $13B global Windows business and started their product focus on emerging markets.

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Jack Knellinger

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Principal -
"The Pioneer"

Jack Knellinger is an entrepreneur with a lifelong commitment to impact. He has over a decade of experience as a social innovator launching and leading new ventures across multiple sectors and geographies.

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In 2014, Jack was selected to join Social Enterprise Alliance’s inaugural nationwide “50 under 40″ cohort sponsored by American Express supporting emerging leaders.

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David Riley

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Venture Partner -
"The Ink Slinger"

David Riley is an experienced business attorney and entrepreneur, with over 18 years’ experience representing asset managers, institutional investors and operating companies.

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Over the years, he has worked on transactions involving over $100 billion of capital. David was based in Hong Kong, PRC and London, England for a number of years, which provided him with hands-on experience working with clients around the globe, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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Dan Kranzler

Venture Partner -
"The Communicator"

Dan Kranzler has been a startup entrepreneur for over 45 years managing, supporting, and financing high–tech start–up companies beginning with the earliest days of the startup of cellular telephone.

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Dan has been involved in senior management roles at a number of communications and Internet companies and has been a global speaker and advisor on wireless, technology, organizational development “service Leadership” and the corporate innovation gap. He is Managing Partner of eFund, LLC (www.efundllc.com) an early-stage funder of innovative technology startups in the Pacific Northwest.

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Isaac Gross

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Investment Manager -
"The Fund Realizer"

Isaac Gross has spent his career working in the impact sector with organizations such as the Dalberg Group and the Clinton Foundation.

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Working with the Clinton Foundation he managed a $10 million HIV medication donation program in West Africa. While at D. Capital, the investment advisory arm of the Dalberg Group, he evaluated impact funds with $50+ million assets under management. Isaac has an MBA from London Business School and a BS with Honors from Brown University.

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Juan Luis Palma

Investment Manager -
"The Fund Finder"

Juan Luis brings a depth of experience supporting entrepreneurs and businesses with fundraising, regulatory guidance, and accessing international markets. 

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Juan Luis has successfully raised funds in Latin America, worked as an antitrust attorney, supported entrepreneurs through seed capital and commercial advice, has helped companies to grow through expansion to international markets, and has worked in the US and the UK attracting Foreign Direct Investments. He has lead several teams at senior level positions from a very young age. Juan Luis has an MBA from London Business School and a JD with honors from Pontificia Universidad Catolica.

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Michael Newman

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VP Investor Relations -
"The Pitchman"

Michael brings a unique combination of impact investment, fundraising, business communications, investor relations and financial expertise across a wide range of global industries.

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Michael has over 20 years of experience in communicating to the investment community. Prior to joining the Capria team, he served as President of StreetConnect, Inc., providing strategic financial communication and investor relations services for private and publicly owned companies in high technology, video infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise software, medical and bio-technology, IT services and consumer products.

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Amy Ojendyk

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Finance & Accounting - 
"The Numbers Ninja"

Amy brings nearly two decades of accounting and consulting experience to Capria. She has worked closely with multiple funds to manage global audit and tax compliance. 

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Amy is responsible for Capria’s ongoing finance, accounting, and fund administration. Her experience working with high wealth individuals and family offices offers a unique perspective on investor relations, including internal and external reporting. Amy is a Certified Public Accountant who received her Masters of Professional Accounting, Taxation and BA in Accounting from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Washington Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. Previously, Amy was a tax manager in public accounting specializing in start-up companies and the high tech industry.

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Uma Sekar

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Impact & ESG Manager -
"The Evaluator"

Uma brings a wealth of research design experience in design, primary data collection, econometric analyses and project coordination.

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Uma's work to date has been focused on developing research and evaluation strategies for enterprises operating throughout India. In addition to her work with other companies, Uma will leverage her experience developing Unitus Seed Fund's impact assessment methodology and framework to support new fund managers in the Capria network.

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Shweta Vitta

Communications Lead -
"The Storyteller"

Shweta has over 5 years of experience across writing, non-profit communications, digital media and public relations.

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Shweta has earned a Masters in Media, Communications and Development from London School of Economics and Political Science, Bachelors in Journalism and Communications from School of Communications, Manipal University (formerly known as Manipal Institute of Communications) and has also been a DAAD exchange scholar in Hochschule Bremen, University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany.

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Rajiv Kolluru

Design & Operations -
"The Visualizer"

Rajiv leads the design, website and branding for Capria. He puts in play his 6+ years of production and design experience to add value to the company and their investments.

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Rajiv is an Mechanical Engineer by qualification and a designer by passion. He gained his expertise by working multiple designers, learning from design events and on-ground experimentation.

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Micaela Pierce

Operations Lead -
"The Accelerator Advocate"

Micaela brings a strong background in financial inclusion and a lifelong commitment to global impact and advancing gender equity. She previously worked on these issues with Grameen Foundation and as an intern for Amnesty International USA. 

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In 2011, Micaela spent six months in Hyderabad, India to complete fieldwork on the lived experience of children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Micaela is responsible for Accelerator operations activities and works closely with the measurement and evaluation team. She has a BA in Global Health and Economics from the University of California, San Diego. 

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Join the Capria Team

Are you an exceptional contributor and leader who wants to help scale up a global impact investment firm? We have the following openings:

Also see opportunities in Bangalore with Unitus Seed Fund >

SUMMER Internships: We are sorry, but we do not have summer internships in Seattle or Bangalore at this time.

Capria Advisors

In addition to our core operating team found above, we are fortunate to have an exceptional group of advisors and mentors.  Advisors that are able to be publicly disclosed now include:

Atul Bindal

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Formerly Partner, Khosla Ventures (New Delhi)

Cathy Clark

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Duke University Fuqua School of Business (Raleigh-Durham)

David Chen

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Principal & CEO, Equilibrium Capital (Portland)

 

Eric Savage

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Co-Founder & CEO, Unitus Capital (Bangalore)

 

Ganesh Rengaswamy

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Managing Director, Accion Frontier Investments Group (Bangalore)

 

Geetha Tharmaratnam

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Director, Abraaj (London)

 

Jayesh Parekh

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Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures (Singapore)

Kylie Charlton

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Chief Investment Officer, Australian Impact Investments & Co-Founder, Managing Director, Unitus Capital (Sydney)

Lucho Torres

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Board Member, Angel Ventures Peru & NESsT (Lima)

Norm Bontje

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Formerly Managing Director, Blackrock (Seattle)

Ross Baird

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Executive Director, Village Capital (Washington DC)

 

Wim van der Beek

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Founder & Managing Partner, Goodwell Investments (Cape Town)

 


Invest in Capria

capria-logo-horizontal-300x101Opportunity to invest in the next generation of early-stage fund managers and funds investing in high-potential emerging market startups delivering profits and positive impact on local communities.

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