India is in the midst of a Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Mobility Transition
Policies driving ‘rapid’ adoption of renewables, electric vehicles and infrastructure to support a sustainable ecosystem
Multiple growing segments with evolving business models. These businesses are seeking appropriately priced financing
cKers provides segment specific innovative debt instruments
Ability to partner as a co-developer
cKers (pronounced ‘seekers’) Finance is a specialized Sustainability finance company that operates in the rapidly growing segments around clean energy and resource efficiency. Launched in 2017, it is developing new instruments for providing finance in the Sustainability space, and building data around risk metrics .
Banker with over 20 years of experience in Corporate Banking, Rural and Agri-lending with ICICI Bank; having led several new initiatives (in India and internationally) during his tenure.
20 years of experience working at the intersection of capital and new ventures – first as a venture capitalist in India and Silicon Valley and then an entrepreneur who has founded & built successful organizations
Board and Advisors
Upendra BhattManaging Director, cKinetics and a specialist in go-to-market strategies for firms in the decentralized renewable energy segment. Financed and launched some of the earliest renewable energy IPPs in India
Dr. Rakesh BasantEconomist specializing in policy and technology linkage. Chair Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at the India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and former Chairperson CIIE
Dr. Deepa ManiExecutive Director of the Center for the Networked Economy at the Indian School of Business. Specialist in the networked economy, and interplay of emerging technologies and society
Chandrika BahadurPresident, Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Working with organizations globally to promoted the Sustainable Development Goals
cKinetics is a mission driven Sustainability Insight, Innovation & Capital Advisory firm with strong operational relationships with Energy Services Companies. It has experience both in project development and in channeling capital in the DRE sector in India
Infuse is a venture catalyst investing in creating, building and scaling new cleantech businesses. It’s a first-of-its-kind partnership between the government, academia and private sector
Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) is a leading clean-tech incubator in India housed at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. It has strong operational relationships with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), international and domestic Financial Institutions
The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) is optimizing the clean energy transition by connecting ideas, capital and solutions. Driven by the opportunity to accelerate climate protection, CalCEF is committed to creating 100%+ clean energy to benefit all
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is America’s development bank (erstwhile OPIC). DFC partners with the private sector to finance solutions to the most critical challenges facing the world today
cKers Finance is a recepient of the PACEsetter Funds Award. cKers was selected for the award for its differentiated approach to providing competitive project finance and long-term venture debt financing to technology-backed interventions in the sustainability space.
Jointly capitalized by the Indian and US Governments, the PACEsetter Fund is a USD 7.9 million initiative to accelerate the commercialization of innovative off-grid clean energy access solutions. The initiative is administered by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), New Delhi.