We invest in bold entrepreneurs who help create a meaningful life for every Indian, especially the hundreds of millions of Indians in low-income and lower-middle-income populations, ranging from the poorest among us to the existing middle class. To drive empowerment and social impact at scale, we work with entrepreneurs in the private, non-profit and public sectors, who are tackling India’s hardest and most chronic problems.
We make equity investments in early stage enterprises and provide grants to non-profits in the areas of Digital Identity, Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights.
Omidyar Network India is part of the Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of companies, organizations and initiatives, supported by philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay.
Over the last two decades, policy, governance, and a judicial push towards inclusive growth, bolstered by a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and civil society, have given a boost to individual empowerment in India.
In the course of our work with entrepreneurs and their customers and beneficiaries, we have seen that a young and aspiring India wants to see even more rapid change, and is willing to actively contribute to creating that change. Background and privilege need no longer be hurdles in people’s pursuit of their aspirations and ambitions. India’s growth and prosperity needs to benefit every Indian and not just a few. Corporations and brands are being asked tougher questions about their conduct and contribution to society. People are increasingly realising that no one is infallible and that vital institutions such as government, the business community and civil society, need to be accountable. Increasingly, people from different walks of life are now confidently stepping up to tackle some of India’s most difficult challenges.
There is a growing recognition amongst the state, society and the business community that entrepreneurship, which also combines the broader interests of people and society, is essential to solve India’s hardest problems.
Technology is ubiquitous and has become the source of fundamental transformation in our society. It is creating inclusivity for many, instead of exclusivity for the few. Technology is also driving entrepreneurship and enabling Indians to courageously take on every problem.
We believe that people are fundamentally interdependent, and basically good and capable.
We believe that the function of a healthy Indian society is to enable a meaningful life for our people by providing them:
We believe that markets and technology can be forces for good but only as part of a broader social contract.
We achieve this by promoting an economy where business and markets shake hands with social good, to drive progress that’s scalable and sustainable; by creating a connected civic space, where pluralism thrives and institutions are just and responsive; and by ensuring that technology is prosocial.
We are a part of a global network committed to addressing the most critical economic, technological, and societal issues of our time. We’re adaptable, courageous and ready to take a stand.
We support entrepreneurs in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with bold solutions to address the most chronic, vital, and the hardest problems in India. In doing so, we closely engage with businesses, government, regulators, research institutions and civil society. Our investments are at three levels — supporting market innovators, building institutional and market infrastructure, and working with governments and others on policy reform to promote inclusion, entrepreneurship, competition, and ensure necessary safeguards and protections.
We have a bias for innovation and action.
We experiment, and sometimes we fail; but we always learn and adapt.
We deploy our flexible capital model – comprising equity investments and grants – to accelerate enduring change equal to the scale and depth of challenges in India.
We leverage the transformative power of people, markets, ideas, and technology.