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Madurai Agribusiness Incubation Forum
Catalytic Capital Fund

Catalytic Capital Fund


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Madurai Agribusiness Incubation Forum, an incubation facility supported by NABARD and housed at TNAU, Madurai is incorporated as a section 8 company under companies act 2013 on 9th May 2018.  MABIF is conceived in a unique way as a value chain incubator, which focuses on nurturing innovative early stage enterprises that have growth potential to become competitive agribusiness/Startups by serving, adding vale or linking to Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) by increasing competitiveness and bridging the gap between Farmers (FPOs) and markets through developing synergies and partnerships with Startups and agribusiness enterprises this inturn will ensure that farm production is responsive to the market demand and value addition is increased and shared among the stakeholders in the chain.

Catalytic Capital Fund:

An investment, learning, and market development initiative bringing together leading impact investors to encourage greater impact and use of catalytic capital. Catalytic Capital Fund is an essential tool to bridge capital gaps and achieve breadth and depth of impact, while complementing conventional investing. CCF provide essential early-stage seed funding upto Rs.50 Lakh to Startups.

The objective of the Catalytic Capital Fund is to support start-ups in the stage of ‘Valley of Death’ in the Food and Agriculture sector to stimulate commercialisation of ideas and inventions that will lead to enterprise creation, increased employment and increased income-generating activities in rural areas.

What we look for in a startup before we decide to invest? 
  • Address a critical problem
  • Provides unique and scalable solution
  • Superior value proposition vis-a-vis the competition
  • Revenue Model - fair to all
  • Sizeable Market (Refer: TAM-SAM-SOM)
  • Viable Go-To -Market strategy 
  • Dynamic Team
  • Viable exit strategy 
  • Less regulatory hurdles 

  • The start-up should be incorporated as a Private Limited Company (as defined in the Companies Act, 2013) or Registered Partnership Firm (Regd. under section 59 of the Partnership Act, 1932) or Limited Liability Partnership (under the Liability Partnership Act 2008) The date of registration/incorporation should not be beyond 10 years. If a company is not registered, an application may be made in the names of the promoters/founders. However, the promoters/founders must ensure that the company is registered within a period of 3 months from the date of selection for CoE.
  • Startups/SME's solving large problems in agriculture (Including Agtech, Fintech), Food, and Rural Development.
  • Possessing Technological Edge.
  • Founding team with high domain knowledge, business savvy, and experience.
  • Asset light, scalable growth models.
  • Innovative / Highly differentiated business models.

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