Deals lag hype in ‘Blockchain for Good’ investments

  • Hype-cycle... For all the promise of blockchain-enabled technologies to solve a variety of global challenges, “blockchain for good” ventures have been slow to emerge.
  • The latest signal... Consensys' $50 million in-house venture fund is scaling back the social impact-focus of the fund.
  • Market development... If interest in blockchain-for-good is indeed ebbing, that just might mean it’s an opportunity to buy in.

Philadelphia Story: Good Capital Project, ImpactPHL and ImpactAlpha team up at Total Impact

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

Impact investing through private debt: low but stable returns

  • Top line numbers… The 90th percentile of private debt impact funds returned an average 10% in 2016. Returns across the private debt impact funds averaged 2.6% per year since 2012.
  • Debt funds outperformed… the three-month US dollar LIBOR interest rate by more than five-fold, with almost equal volatility.

DanoneWave becomes world’s largest B Corp

  • Largest B Corp… By completing the impact assessment from B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corps, and scoring higher than the minimum threshold, Danone North America has now become the largest B Corp.
  • Danone, the parent company… aims to achieve the certification, according to a statement, and has been working with B Lab since 2015 to define a B Corp model that works for public companies.