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Greetings, Agents of Impact! Series: New Revivalists A prototype for diversity in Pittsburgh’s tech scene. Erin Gatz has a novel idea for promoting equity in tech: Priming female ‘makers’ for entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh’s buzzing startup sector. Gatz grew up in the ‘Steel City’, a product of the city’s public school system, before attending college and graduate

ImpactAlpha, May 1 – Capital markets are waking up to impact investments, while local champions are tapping capital markets to drive resilience, job and wealth creation, and inclusive growth. That convergence will be on display as Good Capital Project’s Total Impact conference series returns to Philly. ESG alpha. Growing awareness in public markets that environmental, social

ImpactAlpha, March 11 – WhoseYourLandlord, founded in Philadelphia by Ofo Ezeugwu to empower and inform renters, is among the first 25 companies backed by Backstage Capital’s new accelerator program. The venture capital firm for founders who identify as a woman, person of color, and/or LGBTQ will invest $100,000, and provide mentorship, investor introductions and financial guidance to each

ImpactAlpha, February 27 – First Step Staffing has a disarmingly simple impact strategy for integrating homeless and previously incarcerated people into the workforce. The nonprofit acquires all or part of much larger for-profit staffing companies with steady customers in need of reliable workers. First Step assimilates the existing staff and, through natural attrition, gradually adds employees

ImpactAlpha, April 27 – A community foundation and a longtime economic-development lender are teaming up to increase access to capital for schools, supermarkets, health care and housing projects with measurable impact in the Philadelphia region. The PhilaImpact Fund may be a model for other regions seeking to tap the interest of local investors in revitalizing

There’s a reason ImpactAlpha has been publishing so many stories on Philadelphia, even beyond the fact that our own Dennis Price and his family moved back last year. We’ve been tracking locally-driven economic revival across the U.S.; Philly is testing approaches also taking hold elsewhere. Can local institutions and impact investors effectively direct capital to entrepreneurs and other agents of

Happy Friday, ImpactAlpha readers! There’s a reason ImpactAlpha has been publishing so many stories on Philadelphia, even beyond the fact that our own Dennis Price and his family moved back last year.  We’ve been tracking locally-driven economic revivalacross the U.S.; Philly is testing approaches also taking hold elsewhere. Can local institutions and impact investors effectively direct capital to entrepreneurs and other