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支付巨头Paytm创始人推出1.5亿美元环保基金

据外媒消息,支付电商巨头Paytm创始人联合风险投资家宣布推出了一个1.5亿美元的环保基金The Massive Fund。和联合国可持续发展项目的目标一致,该基金将会对减能减排的个人和初创公司提供资金支持。

该基金在未来几年内,将关注为绿色城市、清洁食品、无碳未来、减少塑料污染、清洁能源和森林恢复等行业提供解决方案的初创公司。此外该基金还将为环保创新提供更多资金支持,从而有效减少空气、水和塑料污染。据透露,该基金对每家初创公司的投资规模将在200-400万美元,最高也可能达到1500万美元。据悉,该基金的募资工作将会在今年十二月之前完成。另一方面,该基金还组建了一个孵化器GoMassive,该正与教育和研究机构合作,孵化年轻的创业团队,并培养绿色能源为导向的初创公司。

With an aim to build an ecosystem for reducing pollution by partnering with academia, R&D labs, mentors, professionals and venture funds across the country, Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma along with venture capitalist Shailesh Vickram Singh are planning to launch a green fund.  “Through this initiative, we will provide adequate funding for innovations that can reduce air, water and plastic pollution efficiently on the scale,” Vijay Shekhar Sharma said at the launch of the “Massive Fund.”

The fund aims to undertake investments in startups, companies and individuals working on the agenda of Pollution Reduction aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the company’s press release said.

Over the next few years, this green fund targets to drive an investment worth Rs 150 million in various sectors. Capital for ‘Massive Fund’ will be raised from institutional and high net-worth investors who are aligned with the objective of saving the environment.

“We aim to encourage young entrepreneurs to innovate and build solutions such as pesticide-free food, plastic removal, biodegradable packaging, CO2 absorption, pollution-free cities and sustainable housing which are crucial for our well-being,” Shailesh Vickram Singh, Managing Partner said.

This Fund has also formed an incubator called “GoMassive” which is working closely with leading educational and research institutions such as NRDC, IIT Delhi & IIM Lucknow and Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF), the release said. GoMassive is running boot camps and conducting hackathons across Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai & Bangalore to groom young startup teams to foster a spirit of green energy-led entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, Paytm has now come out with a new feature that allows offline stores to accept payments done through its platform. Paytm, considered to be India’s largest payments company has launched a first-of-its-kind ‘Merchant Referral’.

The new feature was launched with an aim of allowing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) community to join the PM Narendra Modi’s cashless revolution. Now, Paytm’s new feature can accept payments from any bank account into their bank accounts at zero transaction charges.


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