SVL – SME Fund


Akshay Panth, Chief Investment Officer
Akshay – Akshay has over 13 years experience in Private Equity, Principal Investments and Advisory roles with leading domestic and international investors. He started his career with the India Infrastructure Fund (a c.US$1Bn Infrastructure Fund managed by IDFC Alternatives) and has since worked with multiple private equity and principal investors. His previous experience includes working with CapAleph Private Equity, GMR Infrastructure, and MAPE Advisory Group.

At CapAleph, Akshay handled the Infrastructure Support Services and Education & Skill Development segments for the Fund. At GMR Infrastructure, Akshay was part of the Project Finance team working on the road sector where he submitted multiple bids to the NHAI. He has been part of teams that have invested over US$100Mn in the Indian infrastructure space.

Akshay holds a PGDM/MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bangalore University

Jai Shah, Principal Investment Officer

Jai has over 10 years of experience across Fund Management, Strategic Advisory, Equity Research and Investment Banking working with Kitara Capital, AltFort Capital

He has executed various deals in the Private Equity and Investment Banking space

He has been also involved fund raising, fund formation and strategic advisory roles

Jai holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a MBA in Finance from Xavier Institute of Management and Research

Ashwin Suresh, Investment Associate
Ashwin has 7 years of experience in the financial services space working with Citi investment banking, Matrix Partners VC fund and TVS Infrastructure. He has been involved in many M&A and capital raising exercises in his previous stints.
Education: MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and BE (Electronics) from Pune University.

Abhishek Soni – Investment associate
“Abhishek has 4 years of work experience in the financial services and infrastructure space with EY investment banking & infrastructure services, and Vikram Solar. He has worked on transactions in the waste management, hospitality, logistics & warehousing and real estate space.
He has also pursued the Indian Chartered Accountancy and CFA (USA) course.
Education: MBA/PGDM from IIM Calcutta and BBA (Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta.”

Anjana Seshadri, ESG Officer

Anjana has more than 12 years of experience in the field of sustainability, ESG and impact measurement.

She leads the portfolio for ESG due-diligences, ESG actions and review, technical assistance, capacity building and programme results & monitoring.

In addition to an important ESG compliance function, she plays a key role in delivering additional value from systemic improvements across the portfolio. Prior to her role at the fund, she was leading the sustainability programme at IndusInd Bank.

She holds a Masters in Planning with specialisation in Environment from School of Planning & Architecture and a Bachelors in Architecture.

SBICAP Ventures Ltd. (SVL, The Investment Manager) has launched the SVL-SME Fund with an objective to bridge the equity gap in the small and medium enterprises segment. SVL considers there is a significant opportunity to create value through a well-diversified and high-quality portfolio by making private equity investments in small and mid-size businesses.

The Investment Manager is now looking to leverage the learning and experiences at Neev Fund to make further investments and promote inclusive growth by investing in SME in India across sectors.

Investment thesis

The Fund will evaluate target Portfolio Entities that (i) are cash flow positive; or (ii) have a short path to positive cashflow; (iii) have high growth prospects; (iv) have the scope for improvement of profitability margins; and (v) intensive orientation towards improving overall Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG).


SVL has forged strong relationships with its contributors and believes in creating a broader framework by extending partnership with the existing contributors and bringing together other like-minded marquee international and domestic marquee investors.)