And a Skoll Award goes to…Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers

And a Skoll Award goes to…Kola Masha of Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers. The six-year-old agriculture startup is the first for-profit company to receive a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which were announced ahead of next week’s Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. Based in Lagos, Babban Gona has helped more than 13,000 smallholder

Circularity Capital reaches first close on new fund for, yes, the circular economy

Circularity Capital has reached the first close its new fund for, yes, the circular economy. The Edinburgh-based private equity firm is looking for transformers — companies reusing old materials and reducing waste — as well as enablers — firms that support the circular practices in other companies. Its new Circularity European Growth Fund will invest between $1.2 million and $6.2 million in

Southern New Hampshire University launches $15 million education venture fund

Three makes a trend. Southern New Hampshire University has launched an education startup seed fund with White Plains, N.Y., venture firm Rethink Education. Arizona State University and University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education also have recently partnered with venture capital firms for strategic advantage. SNHU put $10 million into the Rethink Education Seed fund;

MIT Solvers partner to “solve” chronic disease, greenhouse gas emissions and refugee education

Climate Finance Twenty just-announced “Solvers” in this year’s MIT Solve initiative will now develop corporate and other partnerships that will be announced in May. This year’s Disease solutions included a chronic disease risk-screening that costs less than a dollar, and an open-source cancer literacy program for low-income communities. Winning Carbon-emission solutions included a trading market for

Social impact is a tangible return on investment

The social impacts of our investments “have a much more profound impact on the majority of savers” than the returns a financial manager is able to generate for any individual investor, writes Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive of Hermes Fund Managers, in a brief for the 300 Club of investment leaders. “If we did not use

Women are the new face of investing and wealth

Women Rising Women are the new face of investing and wealth. That’s the theme of this month’s Green Money Journal from Cliff Feigenbaum. Jennifer Pryce, CEO of the Calvert Foundation, reflects on how she built an impact investing career. Kathleen McQuiggan of Ellevate Management asks, Why would financial firms not invest in women? Rebecca Adamson, founder

How close is the permanent climate catastrophe?

2030 Climate in the near-equatorial, impoverished and low-carbon emitting tropics could permanently depart the bound of historic variability as soon as 2020. For much of the rest of the world, climate could depart historic ranges by about 2047. That’s according to a comprehensive 2013 study in the journal Nature that is worth another look. The study