Tala raises $65 million for alternative credit scoring and mobile lending

  • Growth capital... The $65 million Series C round was backed by Revolution Growth — the growth-capital fund of Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures — along with IVP, Data Collective, Lowercase Capital, Ribbit Capital and Female Founders Fund. The company has raised $105 million in total to date.
  • New markets... Tala will expand to Mexico and India.
 

Rockefeller and UBS Optimus test pay-for-success model for water purification

  • Social success note... UBS Optimus will loan $500,000 to Impact Water using a structure that reduces interest payments if Impact Water hits impact goals.
  • Bonus offer... Rockefeller, meanwhile, is offering an additional $200,000 to cover Impact Water’s loan interest and boost UBS’s returns if those targets are met.

Pula secures seed funds to offer small farmer insurance

OhmConnect raises $8.5 million to expand the “energy sharing” economy

  • 1,000 tons... OhmConnect says its 300,000 participants have prevented 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions and received $4 million in energy savings payments.
  • Series B... The company has raised $15 million since launching in 2014, including $8.5 million from its latest Series B round.