Setuka Partners LLP

How we are different...

...and make a difference.

Bringing perspective with a birds eye view, complemented with attention to the details


Setuka works very closely with a small set of clients with whom the Partners have trusted relationships. This enables the firm to maintain personal, direct and sustained engagement and makes us highly responsive and relevant.

Our focus on Impact investing, primarily in the cross-border movement of capital and capacity, leveraging the synergies between our advisory and investing work to drive larger policy changes and / or implement grant programs makes us unique.

Why choose Setuka Partners?


Our work is innovative in the fact that it is the only setup with a base in the US enabling social enterprises in the emerging world connect with investors and raise capital from them. Our work involves creating specific compelling propositions for our clients to raise capital from global investors and institutions.


We solve the problem of lack of access to affordable debt and equity capital by emerging and frontier market SMEs arising from (a) high transaction costs (b) exaggerated investor risk perception (c) limited ability of these enterprises to make and present their business case to investors.


We find source, structure and negotiate debt, equity, mezzanine investments and grants for our clients (in healthcare, agriculture, education, renewables and other impact sectors).


We provide and facilitate provision of capacity (through institutions like World Bank, ADB) for startup social enterprises in the form of transfer of knowledge and mentorship.


Driving fundamental change in the construct, delivery and evaluation of aid and development programs by embedding practical insights from on-ground experience and networks in emerging markets. Appropriate leverage of public and private capital for innovation and blended finance in the transformation of social enterprises lies at the core of our work.


Setuka Partners supports small and medium enterprises globally to connect with international investors that provide affordable investment capital. Besides making the connection, we hand-hold the SMEs in their business and growth strategy, fundraising plan, use of proceeds from fundraising and most importantly, help them negotiate the best terms for the investment for their business.

Local Financial Institutions

Often we also work with local banks and Non-Bank Finance Companies to enhance their capacity to lend to SMEs and startups.

Hands-on Advise

Our model specifically fills the gap between the perceived and actual risk of these investments. Our team brings decades of hands-on experience in helping improve small and medium company performance at one end to working with emerging market investors in deal sourcing, evaluation and portfolio company value maximization at the other end. Our global footprint with senior folks based out of New Delhi and Washington DC along with a full-fledged team of analysts and consultants in Delhi enables us to work with both investors and companies in finding value in an investment or partnership. We take ownership – not just handing out advise.

For most of our clients, we are with them well before the idea of fundraise is conceived and we ensure a well thought-through approach is undertaken as against being called in as the banker to get the deal done. We are therefore able to effectively blend the operating business perspective with the deal perspective throughout.

By being a variable cost on-call provider, we can create a partnership that does not weigh heavy on our clients.

Our local connect enables us to hit the ground running which, along with the functional and domain expertise in our team, creates a compelling proposition for value addition to our clients. Domain Expertise Local Connect & Relationships Functional Expertise Key Differentiators Enabling Seamless Advisory Existing working relationships with decision makers of companies, that we introduce for investment makes it relatively easier to agree on and execute the transaction. Cross-Border Team Presence in multiple global locations with the ability to seamlessly connect, we are able to minimize “transmission losses in communication and understanding of your requirements.

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