Jessica Norwood: ‘Believe in you’ money for black entrepreneurs

New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Jessica Norwood, The Runway Project Place: Oakland, Calif. Mission: To help close the racial wealth gap with  friends-and-family pre-seed capital for black entrepreneurs. Follow: www.therunwayproject.org Jessica Norwood didn’t set out to create

Investments products that benefit women are proliferating across asset classes

  • “For gender-smart investors there are now opportunities across asset classes and this is a great example, especially in products and services which benefit women,” Susan Biegel, a gender-lens investing adviser at the Wharton school, told ImpactAlpha.

New financial products start to scale investments in Sustainable Development Goals

  • A few impact fund managers that have taken seriously the investment case for the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals are raising fresh capital that could scale up private investments in healthcare, education, agriculture, energy access and other SDG priorities.

Native American tribes conserve forests to cut carbon and capitalize on California’s market

  • Native American tribes have become a driving force on California’s carbon markets, making millions of dollars while conserving native lands.
  • With a nearly half-billion dollar philanthropic commitment to forests and land conservation, a group of foundations are putting such efforts by indigenous people at the forefront of the climate agenda.