Equatorius Capital Group

Innovation. Opportunity. Impact.


OVERVIEW

Equatorius Capital Group’s impact innovation fund creates unique and skillfully vetted impact investment opportunities by capitalizing on the unprecedented prospects in the fastest growing regions of the world for dynamic startups and high-growth SMEs.

CHALLENGES

India and Africa present both an unique set of challenges and several problems common to both including but not limited to: access to startup or growth capital, underdeveloped infrastructure and a digital skills gap.

OPPORTUNITIES

The Indian market alone represents over 1.5 billion people. There are currently over 20,000 startups with approximately 10,500 tech startups projected by the end of 2020. There are estimated to be 42.5MM SMEs, which collectively produce over 6,000 different types of products and represent 45% of India’s GDP, with an annual growth rate of 11.5%.

With a population of approximately 1.3 billion people, which is predicted to double over the next 25 years, the various African markets collectively represent unprecedented market potential. Africa has had two successive record-breaking years for startup funding, with the rapid growth of technology ecosystems across Africa. SMEs account for nearly 90% of all businesses in Africa.

As more people around the world are becoming more prosperous, these markets are benefiting from increasing demand, new consumer classes and more disposable income than ever before. The confluence of these factors provides fertile ground for high-growth investment opportunities.

SECTOR FOCUS

FinTech, Additive Manufacturing, AgriTech, Energy, Artificial Intelligence, HealthTech, EdTech, eCommerce and Mobile Applications. The geographic areas of focus are Emerging markets; predominantly India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

FINTECH


ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING


AGRITECH


ENERGY


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE


HEALTHTECH


FUND PROFILE


Size: $50MM and Investment Amounts: $100k — $5MM.

For further information please contact STEFAN PAGACIK | Managing Partner/Equatorius Capital Group.

STEFAN PAGACIK

The Impact Innovation Fund Team.

EQUATORIUS CAPITAL GROUP HAS CREATED AN IMPACT INNOVATION FUND DESIGNED TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES.


STEFAN PAGACIK | Managing Partner

Stefan’s background includes business development and channel marketing for Apple and Adobe; he also co-founded an angel investment fund (Bay Angels) where he ran the investment screening committee. He was a mentor at Harvard iLabs and serves as a board member of the New England Impact Investing Initiative. He is also the advisor to the first cohort of Fellowship candidates.

Stefan’s entrepreneurial endeavors include building a marine science accelerator program for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Stefan is also the CEO of AI4Impact, an open architecture platform that enables users to choose the most appropriate applications, impact measures and outcomes and self-learning modules that align with their project, investment or company impact objectives.

The AI4 Engine, using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, creates a ‘true’ market valuation for financial/investment analysis and reporting requirements. AI4Impact solves a critical need to monetize and price impact and sustainable measures and outcomes for company CFOs and CSOs, investors seeking proof of impact contributions and startups and SMEs who want more accurate company valuations. He holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Suffolk University.


DANIEL RYAN | Managing Partner

Mr. Daniel Ryan brings more than 30+ years of International Private Equity Venture Investment, Organizational Development & Management Consulting experience to the group. Daniel Co-Founded and worked as Executive Director of DCS, a Management Consulting & Organizational Development/Investment firm based in Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa for 10+ years focused on innovative SME organizational capacity building-training, skills gap analysis, market research, financial analysis/management, strategic planning, and researching business and equity investment opportunities throughout Africa.

Mr. Ryan is currently Managing Director of an Investment Bank & Private Equity firm based in USA that has completed over 900 investment transactions valued at over $40 billion ($USD); and managed over $1.2 billion of capital for institutional investors (banks, insurance companies and pension funds) before moving into immigration-related private equity investments in 2009.

Daniel holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration-Finance, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development/Corporate Education, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Business Administration-Strategic Management with a dissertation focused on Innovation and Economic Development for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s) in Africa. Daniel recently completed Executive Education at The University of Oxford, Said Business School; Oxford, England with focus on Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Finance; Global Business & Post Covid-19 Strategic Planning from The Harvard School of Business, and is currently enrolled at The London School of Economics & Political Science in the condensed MBA Essentials program.


LAURENT ROTROFF | Managing Partner

Laurent is the CEO of Equatorius and an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts. She has a background in international law, having worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda formed under the United Nations, to which she provided an advisory memorandum on an issue of international law on genocide that was relied upon to convict multiple war criminals and set a precedent for international law on genocide. She has also been involved in dispute resolutions before the World Trade Organization.

Laurent has a background in finance, having worked in the Global Corporate Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was involved in leveraged capital markets syndication and specialized in international transactions, corporate aircraft deals, energy, healthcare and government transactions. Drawing from her international and business expertise, Laurent formed Equatorius to encourage global connections and facilitate innovation and development in emerging markets.

Equatorius provides collaborative corporate innovation programs that offer access not only to brilliant innovative solutions and superstar startups from around the world, but also access to hidden insights, market epiphanies, lucrative under-explored frontiers and new prospective horizons. Equatorius has produced numerous startup events including the Entrepreneur Summit in Mumbai for startups, investors, thought leaders and dignitaries.


Impact Innovation Fund.

SOLUTIONS (S) AND DIFFERENTIATORS (D).


(S) Flexible capital structure that allows for a custom tailored approach to the deals with the highest potential for growth.

(D) Turbo-charged due diligence through penetrative market intelligence combined with exclusive advanced AI technology with AI4Impact’s impact and sustainable measurement analysis, monetizing and reporting technology that provides ‘true’ market valuations.

(S) Strategic partnerships with worldclass incubators, accelerators, advisors and mentors to nurture our portfolio companies and help them flourish optimally.

(D) Rich and replenishing pipeline of opportunities through Equatorius startup and entrepreneurship services, as well as our deep and broad networks throughout India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

(S) Intellectual property insurance opportunities for qualifying businesses to hedge against failure and retain value.s, advice, resources and capital.

(D) Corporate partnership opportunities through the Equatorius Corporate Innovation program providing our portfolio companies with global market expansion opportunities, international customer base and acquisition opportunities.