Israeli tech for impact, Saudis back women’s fund, Islamic finance for inclusive development

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Turning Israeli tech toward sustainable development. With President Trump in Israel, we asked Cecile Blilious of Impact First Investments to brief The Brief on Israel’s emerging impact investing ecosystem. “Israel wears its crown proudly as a ‘startup nation,’” Blilious writes. Israel’s technological prowess and entrepreneurial zeal makes the positive vision

Turning Israeli technology toward sustainable development

By Cecile Blilious, Impact First Investments Israel wears its crown proudly as a “startup nation.” It is only logical the country would aim its know-how and its technology to tackle global social and environmental problems. Using technology allows the possibility of scaling up, which in turn allows a more significant impact on society and the environment

Africa’s women entrepreneurs, SOCAP’s Good Capital Project, how to thrive in 2030, this week’s…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Africa’s women entrepreneurs are ready for financing. Africa has a robust pipeline of investable, women-founded, women-led and women-focused businesses. What it doesn’t have is enough women making investment decisions in institutions that control the flow of capital. More women in venture capital funds, private equity funds, banks and other funding

Shareholder majorities for climate accounting, Morgan Stanley’s fund of funds, “big push” for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original BlackRock tips shareholder vote to press oil giant to account for climate risk. All of a sudden, majorities of oil company shareholders are voting to force an accounting of climate risks and opportunities. Last week, shareholders voted to direct Occidental Petroleum to assess the impact of the “two-degree scenario”

$114 billion in impact assets, third Rise Fund deal, forests as a climate solution

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original How much money is there in impact investing? Notwithstanding all the qualifiers (we discuss in the full piece), $114 billion is the number we’ll see reported for the coming year as the size of the impact investing market. That represents the total assets of 208 asset managers and owners

Private equity looks to SDGs, Emerson Collective backs Neighborly, A16z backs OpenInvest, sleeping…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Growth-market private equity investors seek direction from the 2030 global goals. Amid volatile currencies and political uncertainty, the Sustainable Development Goals are providing direction for private-equity investors in growing global markets. The 17 goals were touted as a menu of investment opportunities today at the International Finance Corp.’s Global

Impact signals for venture capitalists, the Dells drop another $1B, Obama wants digital citizens…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original This European VC is turning to impact for business advantage, not social benefit. The approach taken by Octopus Ventures may signal a shift among mainstream investors in private companies. The London venture capital firm, which just opened a New York office, is assessing its portfolio of European tech startups