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Prime Impact Fund raises $52 million to jumpstart climate-tech pipeline

Prime Coalition set out in 2015 to syndicate high-risk, high-impact climate technology deals to risk-taking investors. Not venture capitalists, who didn’t have the appetite, but philanthropic foundations and family offices willing to take on risk with a growing set of investment tools.

Home financing startup Haus raises $15.8 million for housing “co-investment”

ImpactAlpha, June 16 – California-based Haus helps homeowners restructure their mortgages, rather than refinance. The company “co-invests in the home,” taking a portion of the equity, giving homeowners liquidity and helping them lower monthly mortgage payments. Owners retain the home title and can repurchase equity or sell at any time, the company says. It has

VestedWorld makes early-stage investments in Vanu and GET IT

ImpactAlpha, June 15 – VestedWorld invests in early-stage companies based in or serving Africa. Chicago-based impact investor’s two latest investments are Vanu, a Boston-based internet tech company, and Kigali, Rwanda-based GET IT, a food distributor. Vanu makes equipment and software to help mobile operators affordably build and operate cellular networks in rural areas. The company’s

Worker-owned Obran Cooperative acquires Appalachian Field Services

ImpactAlpha, June 15 – Obran is a holding company owned by the workers of two Baltimore-based staffing agencies: CORE Staffing, a temporary job-placement company launched and owned by formerly incarcerated individuals, and Tribe Works, which is focused on digital creative services. Obran’s goal is to “create a very big holding company” that fuels profits back

CareAcademy raises $9.5 million to upskill a generation of caregivers

ImpactAlpha, June 11 – Online caregiver-training platform CareAcademy raised $9.5 million in a round led by Impact America Fund. CareAcademy enhances and scales professional development in the booming home-care economy, which is forecast to grow at 8% a year through 2027.  Co-founded by Helen Adeosun and Madhuri Reddy is in 2016, the company has certified