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COVID response spawns network to support Latin American entrepreneurs

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 23 – This spring, organizations supporting entrepreneurs in Latin American scrambled to help small and growing businesses survive the COVID disruption. This fall, they’re turning their new collaboration into an ongoing network. The more than 50 organizations that created Emprendedores Frente al COVID-19 (Entrepreneurs Facing COVID-19) are working together to share resources and

Changing the investment algorithm to advance racial justice

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 22 – It’s time to recode market systems that generate racial injustice. Last month’s Agents of Impact Call joined two conversations that are too often separate: systemic risk and systemic racism. Today’s Call continues the effort to call out the ways racism shows up across the economic landscape and highlight strategies and designs

Shutdown accelerates shift to digitized, decentralized, decarbonized electricity (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 21 – When the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the world economy this spring, Emmanuel Lagarrigue worried the momentum toward a clean energy economy would be lost. The concern was strategic for Lagarrigue, the chief innovation officer for Schneider Electric, the French equipment giant. Schneider has carved out a leading role helping customers

Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors to float $400 million ‘impact’ SPAC 

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Bridges Fund Management and AEA Investors filed to float a $400 public offering for AEA-Bridges Impact Corp., a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC, that will hunt for mid-cap private companies to take public. New York-based AEA, with $15 billion in assets under management, will tap Bridges’ impact investing experience to

Fifty years later, resetting capitalism from shareholders to stakeholders

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 14, 2020 –– Milton Friedman’s 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” turns 50 this week. It has not aged well. Corporate and business voices assembled across the media landscape to bury Friedman’s doctrine of “shareholder primacy” and champion the advent of “stakeholder capitalism” responsible to workers, communities,

ImpactAlpha is recruiting reporters/producers as the impact investing media battle heats up

ImpactAlpha, Sept. 9, 2020 –– Business and finance reporting will never be the same. The pandemic, the protests and the climate emergency have made sustainable finance, impact investing and “ESG” the fastest-growing categories of financial services. And that means a media battle for that audience is brewing as well. ImpactAlpha, the purpose-built impact investing media