Students of impact

The Week’s Big 6

1. The Reconstruction: Making the case for justice. Social scientist Tiffany Manuel is thinking hard about what it takes to “get people to lean forward on the hard stuff.” On the latest episode of The Reconstruction podcast series on ImpactAlpha, Manuel speaks with host Monique Aiken about “strategic case-making” for system change, and countering division and backlash (also watch Manuel talk about system change and impact data with Ecotone Analytics and SVT Group). Imagining the world of our children’s children helps establish a new narrative, Manuel says. “Paint the picture of what it looks like and say, ‘That future is totally possible, completely 1,000% possible.’” Think big.

The Week’s Agents of Impact

Students of impact. Women make up eight of nine graduate students on the winning teams at last week’s Turner MIINT competition and Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge (they are: UCLA’s Christy Tsui, Emily Dinino, Katie Quilligan, Lucy Maybank and Morgan Owens, and, pictured above, Oxford’s Noah Law, Dawn Musil, Emilé Radyté and Annabella Wainer). The demographic disruption is a sign of how the new generation of impact investing talent is changing the face of finance (see, “Next-gen talent is the winner at MIINT competition and Sustainable Investing Challenge”). Students also are crowding impact investing courses and impact investing clubs and launching student-led funds. They're even collaborating across campuses to apply their biz-school education to “the impact we want to make on the world,” says Dinino, a student at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. “Not only extracurricular, but making it part of our careers.”

The Week’s Dealflow

Agrifood tech. Ÿnsect acquires Protifarm to produce mealworms for human consumption… Hazel Technologies raises $70 million for packaging that curbs food spoilage… PeakBridge and EIT Food are launching a €30 million agrifood tech fund to seed European startups… Lever VC closes $46 million to invest in alternative protein ventures worldwide… Investors commit $25 million to expand lab-grown foods… AppHarvest acquires agricultural robotics maker Root AI… Icelandic private equity firm Freyja takes a 15% stake in Arctic char aquaculture venture Matorka

The Week’s Talent

Gary Gensler, former investment banker and head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is confirmed as chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission… ThomasLloyd hires Alan Burnett, ex- of Manulife Asset Management, as a director overseeing wholesale clients in the U.K. and Ireland… Ingrid Holmes, ex- of Federated Hermes, is the new executive director of the UK’s Green Finance Institute… Karen Karniol-Tambour and Carsten Stendevad will serve as co-chief investment officers for hedge fund giant Bridgewater Associates’ new sustainable investing venture. 

The Week’s Jobs

LACI seeks a senior director of investment relations… Genius Guild is hiring an analyst for its Greenhouse Fund… Adjuvant Capital is looking for an investment analyst in San Francisco… Marin Agricultural Land Trust is recruiting a director of people and community… Justice Funders seeks a U.S.-based co-director of leadership programs… The Urban Innovation Fund has an opening for an associate in San Francisco… New Ventures is hiring a venture capital analyst to support its Colombia-based program. 

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