I think it was Wayne Gretzky who said that what made him a great ice hockey player was that he skated to where the puck was going to be.

Entrepreneurs should go where the opportunities are and funding is easy to obtain. With this budget, focus on “aam aadmi” , Mohammed Yunus getting the Nobel Prize etc. the timing for microfinance seems to be good. Within microfinance if the herd is focused on rural microfinance maybe there is an opportunity in urban microfinance.

There is lot of money available for microfinance in general and some specifically for urban microfinance. The team probably should contain a banker who understands consumer lending and it will probably end up setting up an NBFC ( Non Banking Financial Company) which I think requires minimum 2 crores capital to get a license from RBI. Getting funded is never easy so the team has to be top notch. I spoke to Caitlin Baron ( caitlin@msdf.org) who heads microfinance in India for MSDF ( Michael & Susan Dell Foundation) . They are keen to invest in startup NBFC’s who target urban microfinance and she is willing to engage in discussions with good teams even before they have a business plan to help them shape a business plan.

If the team is in Delhi – NCR I would be happy to engage as well.

It would also be interesting to hear comments from readers on whether they think this is a good area to get into or not.

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