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

J.P. Morgan re-ups in Detroit, racial-justice lens investing, a Philippines poster city for the…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief Quiz What initial public offering is about to list on the London Stock Exchange? Why did Queensland launch a social impact bond? What growth market did KKR just invest $31 million in? What’s wrong with Repsol’s green bond? And which rock star of impact investing did ImpactAlpha take on in

$191,919,191 is Obvious, lessons from the Middle East, the inclusive ag opp, ROI podcast takes on…

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment Podcast Is impact investing just ‘bad deals by good people’? The new Rise Fund from TPG Growth had ImpactAlpha’s attention even without the star power of Bono, the U2 legend who is one of the fund’s co-founders. The fund has come fast out of the gates in recent

The sustainable ETF boom, Latin America’s growth in growth-stage, global goal progress

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Can the boom in ‘Sustainable ETFs’ really drive impact? ‘Sustainable’ is the marketing trend du jour in exchange-traded funds, the low-cost alternative to mutual funds that round-up holdings in public companies into entities that are themselves traded on stock-exchanges. That has made ETFs the fastest growing asset class in impact

KKR bets on Indian housing, Africa’s fintech big bang, meeting 2030 jobs goals

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money Leapfrog, Accion back AllLife to expand insurance coverage in South Africa. South African insurer AllLife raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Accion’s Frontier Inclusion Fund and Leapfrog Investments (AllLife was Leapfrog’s very first investment, back in 2009). AllLife launched in 2004 to provide life insurance for the nearly

Catalytic seed funding, a moonshot for U.S. entrepreneurship, making democracy work, feeding China

Welcome back, ImpactAlpha readers! Let’s jump right into #Dealflow. Please send us yours, to #Dealflow: Follow the Money Bridges-backed Unforgettable attracts strategic investment from McKesson. File this under “catalytic seed capital.” James Ashwell, formerly with the impact asset manager Bridges Fund Management, launched Unforgettable last year to serve the 850,000 people in the U.K. living

Tipping point for impact?, M-KOPA’s 500,000th customer, financing Myanmar’s women entrepreneurs

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Recap A new consensus emerges around a more inclusive and sustainable economy…It’s always risky to call a tipping point, but the vibe this week among global financiers at the Milken Institute Global Conference is that it has become almost de rigueur to be “part of the solution” on issues like inequality,