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Economics trump politics as the smart money bets big on clean electrification

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 27 – Joe Biden need not be defensive about his accidentally honest statement at last week’s debate, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.” U.S. political campaigns at best represent a lagging indicator. Financial markets and investors already have voted for a full-throttle transition away from oil and gas and toward solar,

High-tech greenhouses attract institutional investors to food security and climate adaptation (podcast)

Concerns about the resiliency of the food supply chain went from conceptual to concrete when the COVID crisis shut down railroads and stranded ships. “It was no longer a theoretical issue. Borders were shut,” Equilibrium Capital’s Dave Chen says in the latest podcast in ImpactAlpha’s Institutional Shift series. Chen was speaking from Singapore, where he’s

Call No. 24: Agents of Impact converge on financing solutions to ‘light every clinic’ (video)

The people and principles needed to solve the challenges of financing solar power for frontline health clinics were represented on ImpactAlpha’s Agents of Impact Call No. 24 earlier this month. Now we just have to put the pieces together.  “The people on the (Zoom) chat can fix this,” said energy strategist Michael Liebreich, as dozens

Inside the scramble for solar financing as frontline public health clinics confront COVID

The African villages where they’re located might be considered ‘the last mile.’ But the primary public health clinics in those villages are better called “front line.” Frontline health clinics are first responders in the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 as they were in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone and as they are

Blue Meridian, Schmidt Futures back ‘career impact bonds’ via Social Finance’s UP Fund

ImpactAlpha, September 28 – Career impact bonds finance vocational training with the kind of income-share agreements offered by an increasing number of universities as an alternative to crushing student debt (see, “Income-share funds expand college finance options for low-income students”). Boston-based Social Finance has invested in two training programs: General Assembly’s accelerated tech education program