Leapfrog’s portfolio reached 91 million people and grew revenues and profits in 2016

Andrew Kuper, CEO of Leapfrog Investments, has taken impact investors to task for not being ambitious enough about transformative social impact for hundreds of millions or billions of people (his talk at last month’s Economist conference is worth a look). Now, Leapfrog has reported its 2016 performance. The firm says its portfolio companies provide financial tools

Four scenarios for feeding (or not) 8.5 billion people in 2030

There’s nothing inevitable about how we’re going to feed the world as population grows. A World Economic Forum report plotted our possible food futures along two axes: resource-efficient vs. resource-intensive food production and interconnected global markets vs. fragmentation. For investors and businesses, each scenario presents risks and opportunities. “A new era of business could…contribute to

Toniic’s tool helps investors map impact themes to Sustainable Development Goals

Are you investing in basic goods and services, smallholder farmer finance, inclusive fintech or affordable housing? Then you’re working toward Sustainable Development Goal №1: End global poverty. Click for more from 2030 Finance That’s according to a new project from Toniic Institute, the research arm of the global impact investor network, which has matched common impact investment

Toniic’s tool helps investors map impact themes to Sustainable Development Goals

Are you investing in basic goods and services, smallholder farmer finance, inclusive fintech or affordable housing? Then you’re working toward Sustainable Development Goal No. 1:  End global poverty. That’s according to a new project from Toniic Institute, the research arm of the global impact investor network, which has matched common impact investment themes with the United Nations’ global

Congo Basin Blue Fund begins to come into focus

Climate Finance The Congo Basin forests are second only to the Amazon Basin as a natural carbon storage system. But for countries in the basin to make the transition from forest exploitation to ecosystem services will require both cooperation and capital. The Brazzaville Foundation is pushing forward with the nine-country Congo Basin Blue Fund introduced at

Edtech-for-colleges startups attract VC financing

CampusLogic has raised $10 million in Series B financing, led by 4.0 Partners, for its mobile platform for families managing financial aid applications. Today’s complex financial aid system means four in 10 low-income high school students who are accepted to college fail to enroll in the fall. CampusLogic’s technology helps families understand and manage college costs. Examity,

Accel Partners’ new India fund leads AgroStart’s $10 million raise

Accel Partners’ new India fund has led AgroStart’s $10 million raise. The Silicon Valley venture firm, which last year raised $450 million for its fifth India fund, teamed up with impact investor Aavishkaar and IDG Ventures to back the New Delhi agtech startup. AgroStart helps Indian farmers bypass middlemen to buy seeds, nutrients and hardware and provides