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Kinara Capital Closes INR approx 200 Crores in Fresh Equity, Led by British International Investment

L-R: Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO, Kinara Capital, James Cleverly, UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (FCDO), Manav Bansal, Managing Director and Head of India, British International Investment

Kinara Capital, a fast-growing fintech for India’s small business entrepreneurs, today announced closing a fresh equity round of INR ~200 crores led by British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor. Existing equity investors Nuveen and the ASN Microkredietfonds advised by Triple Jump also participated in this round. This equity investment will aim to propel Kinara Capital to grow 5x by 2025 and reach an AUM of INR 6,000 crores by democratizing access to formal financial inclusion with its myKinara App.

More than 300 MSME sub-sectors across Manufacturing, Trading, and Services sectors can digitally avail myKinara collateral-free business loans in the range of INR 1-30 lakhs. Powered by the advanced use of AI/ML, the company’s myKinara App can take small business entrepreneurs from loan decision-to-disbursement within 24-hours. Kinara Capital plans to reach over 2,00,000 MSMEs across 100+ cities in India in the next three years. The social impact of this growth is expected to support over 1 million jobs in local economies and generate over INR 3,000 crores in incremental income for small business entrepreneurs.

Kinara Capital’s other main equity investors include Gaja Capital, GAWA Capital, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF), and Patamar Capital. Edelweiss Financial Services Limited acted as the exclusive advisor for the transaction.

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said, “Women-led Fintech Company Kinara champions female empowerment and provides easier access to capital for small entrepreneurs across India. The British Government is proud to support the company through BII’s investment. The UK remains committed to solving the biggest global development challenges by supporting sustainable and inclusive economic outcomes for all.”

Hardika Shah, Founder & CEO, Kinara Capital, said, “We are honored to onboard British International Investment (BII) as our latest equity investor. The combined expertise and capital infusion from BII, Nuveen and Triple Jump, will expand Kinara Capital’s offerings to meet the rising demand of the MSME sector in India. This year, India’s GDP growth has exceeded pre-pandemic levels signifying the resilience and growth prospects of small business entrepreneurs. With this support, we, at Kinara Capital, are further motivated to deliver on our mission of financial inclusion.”

Manav Bansal, Managing Director and Head of India, British International Investment, said, “BII seeks to invest in companies that demonstrate strong development impact capacity and offer tech-enabled innovative solutions with high potential for scalability. Kinara Capital meets these criteria, and we are especially excited by its commitment to helping to expand financial inclusion to MSMEs, including increasing women’s access to finance which in turn promotes women’s entrepreneurship. I am pleased that our flexible capital will help boost productivity within India’s MSME sector and facilitate entrepreneurial growth that will continue to transform the nation’s economy.”

Rekha Unnithan, Managing Director & Co-head of Private Impact Investing, Nuveen, said, “We value our commitment to Kinara Capital, so it is a great joy to collaborate with British International Investment (BII) who share our undertaking to drive financial inclusion in India with a digital-first approach. We are happy to participate in this round of investment for Kinara Capital who we consider to be at the forefront of driving financial inclusion with its digital processes combined with a personalized approach.”

Orsolya Farkas, Equity Manager, Triple Jump, said, “We gladly participated in this round of investment for Kinara Capital, led by British International Investment (BII). We believe that this round will give an additional boost to Kinara’s expansion plans to extend formal financial inclusion to thousands of MSMEs in India. We are glad to be a part of this growth journey and believe that Kinara Capital has the right combination of technology and tactics for an impactful shift for small business entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs.”

Kinara Capital is woman-founded and women-led, and qualifies under the 2X Challenge – an initiative launched by the development finance institutions (DFIs) of the G7 to deploy and mobilise capital to support projects that empower women as entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees and consumers. To further gender inclusivity in the MSME sector, Kinara Capital has extended an automatic discount to all women entrepreneurs with its HerVikas program.

Kinara Capital adheres to international Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) standards for financial service providers, particularly the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards (IFC PS), Client Protection Pathway (CPP), United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (UN WEP), and is committed to advancing United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) with financial inclusion.

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