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How PE-backed Samhi is building its hotels portfolio

Two-year-old Samhi Hotels Pvt Ltd is following a build-and-buy strategy to expand its business in India and already boasts around 22 hotel properties in various stages of operations and development. Co-founded by Ashish Jakhanwala (who previously led the hotel major Accor’s business in India) besides Steve Rushmore and Manav Thadani (founder and senior executive of the hospitality consulting outfit HVS, respectively), it is one of the new-generation hospitality firms to have attracted large private equity funding.

The company is majority-owned by early investors Equity International and GTI Capital who had committed around $100 million to the firm over a year ago, of which Equity International came in with $75 million. Speaking to VCCircle, Samhi MD & CEO Jakhanwala said the firm would continue with its build-and-buy strategy and scout for more opportunities, mostly in the metros and the mini-metros in India.Watch the video to know more about Samhi’s strategy and expansion plans going forward.

The Third Billion: Empowering Women, Powering the Global Economy

A huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as employees, employers, producers, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of the billion-plus populations in both China and India. But its members have not yet attracted the attention they deserve. China and India each represent 1 billion emerging participants in the global marketplace, and this group of the same size, this “third billion,” is made up of women, in both developing and industrialized nations.

Much More Asia Yet to Emerge

The China and India private equity markets, with some 2,500 and 500 GPs already established, respectively, cannot be described as entirely fitting the “emerging” definition, at least from the point of view of the International Finance Corporation. But according to Vikram Raju, Senior Global Funds Specialist for the IFC, there remain huge swathes of Asia that are in need of support to help build out private capital ecosystems.

In a Privcap interview, Raju describes the development of the Chinese and Indian private equity markets, the need for further development in certain out-of-the-way regions within these two countries, and why he believes Indonesia and Vietnam are at a “nice tipping point.” He discusses what hopeful GPs need to know about the IFC’s screening methods, and he gives an insider’s report on early private equity activity targeting Myanmar, a country that has only just recently opened up to foreign capital.

Co-investing can mitigate high risk of early-stage funding

Early-stage VC fund Blume Ventures, started by Sanjay Nath and Karthik Reddy in 2010, has been active this year, closing around 7-8 investments this year itself, all as a co-investor. Though sector-agnostic, the fund clearly has a preference for start-ups with niche products.

In an interaction with Techcircle recently, Nath elaborated the early-stage funding scenario in India. According to him early-stage funding has its advantages as it provides the flexibility to move out of the portfolio company when a bigger round happens, without having to wait for acquisition or IPO of the company.

World pledges to end preventable child deaths

Yesterday, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, together with UNICEF, convened the Child Survival Call to Action, a meeting to mobilize the world toward one ambitious but simple goal - ending preventable child deaths. The meeting asks governments and partners to sign A Promise Renewed, a pledge to work toward greater child survival.

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World’s Largest Solar PV Power Plant Added to India’s Grid.

About fourteen months ago, the Indian state of Gujarat announced that they will be building a $2.3 billion solar park, the largest photovoltaic station in the world. With about 600 megawatts of power, the Indian solar park is the size of lower Manhattan and generates 3 times as much solar power as the Chinese Goldmud Solar Park. 

Built via a collaboration between 21 companies, the park brings India’s national renewable energy capacity at 6%, only 9% shy of its 2020 green goal. While this park sits as the largest global solar park today, Tunisia hopes to clinch the numero uno spot by building a 2000 megawatt solar park by 2016.