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Endeavor Catalyst raises $134 million for global entrepreneurs

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Global startup network and investor Endeavor launched its Catalyst initiative in 2012 to back high-impact startups and entrepreneurs designing products and services that fill large market gaps. It has invested in 150 startups in 30 markets, including Kenyan “Amazon” Copia, Mexican waste-to-fuel company Sistema.Bio and fast-growing financial services firms like Brazil’s

Aligned closes $1 billion sustainability-linked credit to green data centers

ImpactAlpha, September 17 – Data centers are consuming huge amounts of electricity. Dallas-based Aligned uses energy-efficient cooling systems and has committed to 100% renewable energy for its facilities.  A $1 billion credit facility to support Aligned’s sustainability goals, structured by ING Capital, will reward the company with a reduced interest rate if it hits impact

COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs rallies support for frontline enterprises

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Social enterprises need new sources of capital, as well as non-financial support, to maintain and expand operations now that it’s needed most.  “For decades, social entrepreneurs have effectively reached and helped vulnerable populations and have served as the guardians of people and the planet,” write the authors of a new report

Food startups NotCo and Climax Foods raise financing for plant-based alternatives

ImpactAlpha, September 16 – Chile-based NotCo uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify plant-based proteins as substitutes for animal-based food products. NotCo secured $85 million to expand its alt-meat and dairy product line to the U.S.  The company raised $30 million last year for its line of plant-based mayonnaise and ice cream.  Meanwhile, San

Lumos clinches $35 million from DFC to expand energy access in Nigeria

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Netherlands-based Lumos sells solar systems to West African businesses and households that lack reliable access to energy. Lumos sells 80-watt and 160-watt systems on a pay-as-you-go basis through partnerships with mobile operators like MTN.  An investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. aims to help Lumos produce and sell 160,000

Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium secures $10 million

ImpactAlpha, September 14 – The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is tackling a glaring lack of investor and philanthropic attention. The Appalachian Community Fund, the Black Belt Community Foundation, the Fund for Southern Communities and TruthSpeaks Consulting launched a fund to finance capacity building for local organizations serving Black women and girls and grants

Dairy processor Tanga Fresh clinches fresh capital and support for smallholder farmers

ImpactAlpha, September 14 – Tanga Fresh’s growth over nearly 25 years has made it the largest dairy processing company in Tanzania. The company, which processes 80,000 liters of milk per day, raised equity financing from Dutch investment firm DOB Equity to meet rising demand from East African consumers. Farmer support from development nonprofit Solidaridad Network