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Follow the people: UBS staffs up to boost SDG investing

The big Swiss bank has committed to steer $5 billion of investor money toward the 2030 global goals. The latest in a slew of personnel announcements has Stephen Freedman moving to UBS Wealth Management Americas to expand UBS’ sustainable investing products and educate financial advisors [paywall]. In January, UBS brought on James Gifford, founding executive director

Fact-check tech is a thing, as startups tap the value of accurate information

From viral email and fake news to government propaganda, online media has a credibility problem. Which means fact-check tech is taking its place alongside civictech and govtech as an increasingly investable market. LazyTruth, for example, checks chain emails for inaccuracies. Founder Matt Stempeck, who is director of civic technology for Microsoft, says there are opportunities

New MOOCs teach the language of social finance

Social finance classes are not just for MBA students anymore. At Wharton, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke and other business schools, impact investing and social finance classes are packed. Now, the Social Finance Academy, a project of the German consulting firm Roots of Impact, promises to guide “social entrepreneurs through the entire journey of attracting impact investment” — online and

Tallying the 2030 costs — in dollars and lives — of Trump’s retreat from clean power

2030 The president’s executive order last week directing the reversal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, may well cost the U.S. more clean-energy employment than any coal-mining jobs it restores. But even more worrisome may be the lives lost from the continued burning of coal. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules that would

Former World Bank officials launch BlueOrange for SDG investing in Latin America

An influential group of former public finance whizzes is going private, with a new mezzanine debt fund that will piggyback on development bank deals. BlueOrange Capital aims to bring $10 in private capital for every $1 in public investment, starting with Latin America and the Caribbean. The fund was launched quietly this weekend in Asunción, Paraguay

Tallying the 2030 costs – in dollars and lives – of Trump’s retreat from clean power

The president’s executive order last week directing the reversal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, may well cost the U.S. more clean-energy employment than any coal-mining jobs it restores. But even more worrisome may be the lives lost from the continued burning of coal. The Clean Power Plan, a set of rules that would

SJF Ventures leads $12 million financing for Voxy’s English-learning platform

SJF Ventures has led a $12 million financing round for Voxy’s English-learning platform. Voxy delivers English learning services for educational institutions, corporations and governments in North and South America, Europe and Asia on a mobile platform that includes online learning, live conversations and targeted self-study. The company is based in New York and São Paolo