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USDA: Investments in Agriculture and Forestry Yield Climate Solutions

Farmland may be even more important than factories when it comes to finding solutions to climate change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, with public and private partners, last week announced actions to help the agriculture sector mitigate its carbon emissions and adapt to the long-term effects of climate change. The expected impact: a reduction of

Bamboo Finance Raises $31 Million for “Next Generation” Microfinance

Bamboo Finance is doubling down on microfinance. Backed by a decade of experience and an appetite from mainstream investors, the private equity firm specializing in business models that benefit low-income communities announced a first close of $31 million for its Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund II. The close attracted institutional investors including Teachers Insurance and Annuity

Updated: Next Generation of Impact Finance Talent Converges on London

A proposal to address California’s historic drought and wildfire risk took first place in the fifth annual Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. (Editor’s Note: This article was updated on April 20, 2015. See original article below.) A team of business students from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley won the competition’s $10,000 prize with

ImpactBase Snapshot: Funds Have Raised Less than Half Their Targets

Our friends over at ImpactBase have published the first analysis of the more than 300 impact funds in the database. Their conclusion: most impact investing funds remain young and hungry. The analysis, released by the Global Impact Investing Network, which operates ImpactBase, found that a whopping 70 percent have been launched since 2009. Only 13

Village Capital: FinTech Solutions to Real-World Problems

Ann DeRosa of Chilton Capital had only one question after hearing the pitch from Brian Ferguson, founder of Start Line, a sort of Yelp for former inmates to help with their re-entry to society. “Just tell me, what do you need?” Ferguson and nine other entrepreneurs were on stage in Oakland, Calif., at the FinTech

Deutsche Bank Raises $50 Million in “Essential Capital”

Deutsche Bank has closed a five-year, $50 million social enterprise debt fund intended to help close the gap in early-stage financing for social enterprise startups. The Essential Capital Consortium Fund (ECC) has already made three loans including one to Arvand, a Tajikistan-based microfinance institution that makes “green loans” to consumers to purchase solar panels, clean

Beyond Aid: Brazil’s Biggest Impact Fund Targets Emerging Middle Class

It’s an emerging market within an emerging market. Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil’s 112 million lower- and middle-class consumers. Those entrepreneurs can tap a new source of capital as well: impact investors who are insisting the companies in their portfolios focus
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