Capria - CAP ree ah - means 'capital flow'
Capria is a global impact investment firm managing multiple funds that accelerate the flow of capital to deliver superior returns in emerging markets by:
- Providing advisory and acceleration services to impact fund managers
- Investing in early-stage businesses and impact funds around the world
- Operating the leading global network of impact fund managers
Capria is focused on delivering superior profits to investors combined with scaled social and environmental impact, with the goal of unlocking over USD $500 million in impact capital by 2021 and 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.
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.
Meet the Team
Managing Partner -
Previously, he developed and led multiple high-growth technology businesses at RealNetworks, Sybase and Symantec. More >
Managing Partner -
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.
Senior Partner -
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 currently the Managing Partner of eFund, LLC (www.efundllc.com) an early-stage funder of innovative technology startups in the Pacific Northwest.
Venture Partner -
"The Ink Slinger"
VP Investor Relations -
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.
JUAN LUIS PALMA
Regional Director, LatAm -
"The Fund Finder"
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.
Impact & ESG Manager -
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 Ventures (formerly Unitus Seed Fund)'s impact assessment methodology and framework to support new fund managers in the Capria network.
Finance & Accounting -
"The Numbers Ninja"
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.
Operations Manager -
She previously worked on these issues with Grameen Foundation and as an intern for Amnesty International USA.
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.
Global Network Manager -
She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America in her role as co-founder of the for-profit social enterprise ThinkImpact. She has also worked in impact investing with Bridges Ventures and impact consulting with Global Development Incubator. Kate has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Cornell University.
Regional Director, Africa -
Mercy’s expertise on Rwanda and Burundi regions played a vital role while raising US $4 Mn for supporting early-stage businesses in these markets. She supported the establishment of a unique resource mobilization model in the water sector in Kenya. The model is scalable across Africa and will facilitate the growth of local businesses.
Mercy holds an MBA in Finance & Supply Chain from Michigan State University, a BSC in Mathematics from the University of Warwick is a certified Investment and Financial Analyst (FA) and is a certified Mediator.
Director of Marketing -
Proficient in marketing & business practices, process orientation, integrated campaign management across consumer products, consumer services and consumer service products, he plays with keen business acumen in analyzing and understanding business requirements to develop and scale business streams by means of strategic marketing.
Design & Operations -
Communications & PR
Prior to joining Capria, she was a part of Logicserve Digital, one of India’s leading digital marketing companies, and spearhead their communications initiative. At ICICI Fellows Program she managed content and supported marketing initiatives. She has also worked with a network of grassroot organisation on managing branding, internal communications and fund-raising support.
Prior to joining Capria, Varsha worked at IIT Madras as a Graphic Designer and played a vital role in contributing to their increased social media presence. She has also freelanced as a illustrator and as a product stylist.
Varsha has completed her Master’s in Communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College and studied Bachelors in Visual Communication from Shasun Jain College at Chennai, India.
Capria VentureBasecamp Team
Alex spearheaded Unitus Ventures (formerly Unitus Seed Fund)'s Speed2Seed and other programs to increase the number of investable startups graduating from Indian incubators.She has previous experience working for The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, NGOs, public policy think tanks, as well as launching a Bolivian knitting cooperative to benefit rural communities.
Program Director -
Ramya brings fifteen years of technology-based professional experience in areas ranging from middleware systems engineering to technology marketing to digital learning. She has been responsible for setting up one of India’s largest Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Programme at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, creating access to management education for more than 700,000 global learners. She has also handled technology marketing assignments for a consulting firm and started her career writing Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) code for Intel.
Product Manager -
Learning Design Manager -
With over 13 years of experience in Research & Development (R&D), e-Learning and the Learning & Development (L&D) space, he has contributed to for international curricula like NSES, Cambridge, IB, UK Edexcell and AP(US).
Previously he has worked closely in course creation with well-known learning initiatives such as SOLE (Self Organised Learning Environments) and the phenomenon-based learning.
Join the Capria Team
Are you an exceptional contributor and leader who wants to help scale up a global impact investment firm? You've come to the right place. We have the following openings:
Fellowships / Internships - 6 to 9 months each (Seattle)
Capria Network Fellowships / Internships
SUMMER Internships: We are sorry, but we do not have summer internships in Seattle or Bangalore at this time.
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:
Formerly Partner, Khosla Ventures (New Delhi)
Duke University Fuqua School of Business (Raleigh-Durham)
Principal & CEO, Equilibrium Capital (Portland)
Co-Founder & CEO, Unitus Capital (Bangalore)
Managing Director, Accion Frontier Investments Group (Bangalore)
Director, The Abraaj Group (London)
Managing Partner, Jungle Ventures (Singapore)
CEO, Australian Impact Investments & Co-Founder, MD, Unitus Capital (Sydney)
Board Member, Angel Ventures Peru & NESsT (Lima)
Formerly Managing Director, Blackrock (Seattle)
Executive Director, Village Capital (Washington DC)
WIM VAN DER BEEK
Founder & Managing Partner, Goodwell Investments (Cape Town)
Capria is part of a diverse global community of organizations interested in deepening their engagement with the impact investment industry. Here are some of our prominent partnerships:
Invest in Capria
Opportunity 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.