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Warby Parker Raises $100 Million for Bricks and Mortar Expansion

Neal Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker, has long said that calling the designer eyewear company an “e-commerce brand was too narrow a definition.” He demonstrated that this week, raising $100 million to expand the company’s physical locations.  The financing valued the company at a cool $1.2 billion, according to theWall Street Journal. The growth of

Bamboo Finance Raises $31 Million for “Next Generation” Microfinance

Bamboo Finance is doubling down on microfinance. Backed by a decade of experience and an appetite from mainstream investors, the private equity firm specializing in business models that benefit low-income communities announced a first close of $31 million for its Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund II. The close attracted institutional investors including Teachers Insurance and Annuity

Deutsche Bank Raises $50 Million in “Essential Capital”

Deutsche Bank has closed a five-year, $50 million social enterprise debt fund intended to help close the gap in early-stage financing for social enterprise startups. The Essential Capital Consortium Fund (ECC) has already made three loans including one to Arvand, a Tajikistan-based microfinance institution that makes “green loans” to consumers to purchase solar panels, clean

Beyond Aid: Brazil’s Biggest Impact Fund Targets Emerging Middle Class

It’s an emerging market within an emerging market. Entrepreneurs who can deliver high-quality basic services on the cheap are rushing to meet the pent-up demands of Brazil’s 112 million lower- and middle-class consumers. Those entrepreneurs can tap a new source of capital as well: impact investors who are insisting the companies in their portfolios focus

Aqua-Spark Invests $4 Million in Two Fish Farming Ventures

Dutch sustainable aquaculture fund Aqua-Spark invested $4 million in two ventures aiming to transform the fish farming industry. The fund invested in Calysta, a California biotech company that produces a fishmeal substitute made from naturally-occurring microbes that are grown through fermentation. The fund’s second investment is in Chicoa Fish Farm, a Mozambique-based fish farming operation