Follow the Talent: Agents of Impact Special Report for Nov. 16

  • Richelieu Dennis saw something of his own story in Mayvenn, which sells hair products, primarily to African-American women, through a distribution network of local stylists. So his Essence Ventures led Mayvenn’s recent $23 million round of funding.

Income-share funds expand college finance options for low-income students

  • Experiments with 'ISAs' as both a complement and alternative to traditional student loans are underway at a growing number of universities, coding bootcamps, private schools and college alternatives in the U.S. and internationally.

Infrastructure hopes spring eternal. What’s impact got to do with it? (podcast)

  • It’s becoming a biennial ritual to loft “infrastructure” as one of the few issues on which bipartisan cooperation is even imaginable in the current U.S. political climate. The pipe dream found new life after last week’s midterm elections, which will give the Democrats a majority in the House of Representatives.

Raising the bar for impact management practice, with stakeholders at the center

  • Clara Barby leads an initiative that has accomplished something few in the impact measurement space have achieved: consensus. Barby is a partner at Bridges Fund Management and CEO of the Impact Management Project. One area of agreement: stakeholder feedback belongs at the center of impact management.

SVX.US debuts with ‘direct public offering’ from TechSoup

ImpactAlpha, November 18 – Toronto-based impact investing platform SVX is rolling out a U.S. version of its matchmaking service with an $11.5 million debt offering from TechSoup. California-based TechSoup is non-profit tech marketplace for charities and libraries. The 31-year-old organization helps other organizations secure hardware and software technologies they need “to design and implement technology