Women Entrepreneurs on the Rise Around the World

Women’s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter. Women-owned entities in the

“A Short Guide to Impact Investing”

  The Case Foundation has just released “A Short Guide to Impact Investing,” with the intention of bringing a new crop of high-net-worth investors “into the game.” “We picked up a recurring theme: a lot of people are confused,” writes author Sean Greene, Case’s entrepreneur-in-residence. “What exactly is impact investing? How is it different from

Ecosystem Investment Partners: How Private Capital is Restoring U.S. Wetlands

In the 1970s, more than 450,000 acres of wetlands around the U.S. were disappearing each year, eliminating vibrant ecosystems that provide critical wildlife habitat, storm protection and water filtration. By 2008, fewer than 18,000 acres per year were being lost, a 96 percent decrease. What happened? In a phrase, the national “no net loss of

Redefining Risks and Returns for the Impact Economy

Economic markets are organic, living, breathing, dynamic environments. We can help make ours resilient, sustainable, and truly wealth generative for all. I have spent much of my career working with the risks that inform institutional capital deployment, regulatory oversight, geopolitical influence, and commercial decision-making.  I have tried to learn from the international and economic security

Making Conservation Finance Investable

The continuing disappearance of Earth’s last healthy ecosystems, on land and in the oceans, is sadly no longer news. What is news is that saving these ecosystems is affordable and even profitable. An investor-driven approach to conservation finance has the potential to preserve these vital areas, and with them the planet’s natural capital stock of

Unitus Seed Fund: Investing in Indian Health Care for All

India is in the midst of the world’s largest experiment in democratic elections, with more than 800 million people eligible to vote in its current parliamentary elections. Impact investors are monitoring what may be an even more interesting experiment: the efforts by India’s new crop of health care entrepreneurs to sell medical services directly to

Watch Out, Wall Street: MBAs Design Sustainable Investment Funds

The winning team in a business-school sustainable finance competition summoned a vision of groves of poplar trees on polluted industrial sites, delivering competitive returns to private investors while cleaning up toxics and boosting real estate values. Fresh Coast Capital, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will receive $10,000 as the winner of the Morgan