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Two Gates Foundation alumni raise $200 million for biotech and health venture fund

Two Gates Foundation alumni have raised $200 million for a biotech and health venture fund. Biomatics Capital, based in Seattle, will invest $5 million to $10 million in companies focused on the cutting edge of genomics and data-driven health care. The principals are Boris Nikolic, the former chief science adviser to Bill Gates, and Julie Sunderland, who raises $18.7 million to build a data platform for social challenges has raised $18.7 million to build a data platform for social challenges. is aiming to advance the data philanthropy movement by helping public and private companies share data for the common good. Insurance businessman and philanthropist Pat Ryan led the Series B funding for the two-year-old Austin, Tex., company. Chicago Ventures and Shasta Ventures

Phandeeyar accelerator stocks pipeline of Myanmar tech startups

Venture funds like Omidyar Network, Singapore-based Red Dot Ventures, and Thailand-based Digital Ventures are rallying behind Myanmar’s first tech accelerator. The investors attended Phandeeyar’s recent demo day for its first cohort of startups. That was a milestone for unlocking startup capital in the once-isolated country formerly known as Burma, according to Phandeeyar’s Jes Kaliebe Petersen.

Greensleeves Care raises $41 million Retail Charity Bond to care for England’s elderly

Greensleeves Care has raised a $41 million Retail Charity Bond to care for England’s elderly. Greensleeves Care supports nearly 800 residents in 20 residential, dementia and nursing homes across England. The London-based charity raised the funds in less than a week through Allia, which helps charitable organizations raise unsecured debt through retail bonds listed on London

Budget Watch: Trump seeks to gut CDFI Fund that boosts investment in low-income communities

Taking the president’s “America First” budget as an expression of Trump’s priorities, it seems poor urban and rural communities don’t rank very high. The President’s budget calls for all but eliminating the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, which makes loans to local banks and other institutions that invest in low-income communities (see, “#CDFIsInvest in

The future of large-scale battery storage deployments may have arrived

Climate Finance When Elon Musk promised to deliver 100-megawatts of battery power-storage in 100 days to South Australia — via Twitter — he disclosed for the first time Tesla’s pricing for its battery packs: $250 per kilowatt hour when deployed on a large scale (see, “Elon Musk may be on the hook for battery power in Australia”). At that

Airbnb attracts new hosts eager to house refugees

A year and half ago, Airbnb enlisted refugee housing guru Cameron Sinclair to help the company connect some of the world’s 65 million displaced persons with short-term housing. Last month, more than 16,000 people responded to Airbnb’s Super Bowl ad, #WeAccept, and offered to shared their homes with displaced persons. Get this: 40 percent of