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Tugende helps Uganda’s motorcycle taxi drivers survive the lockdown – and raises $6 million to grow again 

This month, Tugende finally completed its $6.3 million Series A round of financing, led by Mobility 54. The new capital will help the company rebuild its cash cushion, which was obliterated by the COVID lockdown, and to begin debt fundraising for its next phase of growth.Tugende’s rebound, and its prospects for growth, provide a window into the full range of risks and opportunities facing small-business lenders and the micro- and small businesses they support, as emerging markets begin to emerge from COVID-caused disruptions.   

From impact measurement to impact management to impact verification

Every commercial market that has successfully reached mainstream consumers and investors shares two qualities: First, a common set of standards and best practices. And second, a mechanism for holding market participants accountable to those standards.This story is now repeating itself in the impact investing market, which is poised to scale sustainably thanks to the introduction of new standards and impact verification requirements.  

Corporate impact face-off: Crédit Agricole and BNP Paribas

Impak Battles, an ImpactAlpha series with impak, a Montreal-based impact ratings agency, assesses the positive and negative impact of corporate operations. Each month, the agency uses its impak Score rating methodology in a head-to-head assessment of two representative companies. Earlier editions: Nestlé vs. Danone, Engie vs. Enel and Novartis vs Sanofi. Next up:  A comparison

Corporate impact face-off: Novartis vs Sanofi

Impak Battles, an ImpactAlpha series with impak, a Montreal-based impact ratings agency, assesses the positive and negative impact of corporate operations. Each month, the agency uses its impak Score rating methodology in a head-to-head assessment of two representative companies. Earlier editions: Nestlé vs. Danone and Engie vs. Enel. A comparison of the two European pharmaceutical

Eyes on the time horizon: Five shifts to watch in moving from crisis to growth

In the years we have spent in early-stage equity investing, often backing raw startups and paper plans, our decision to go with a venture accounts for all the usual suspects, like customer insights, market trends and entrepreneur quality.  An additional factor that is not spoken of as much is time horizon.  While near term perspectives

Needed: Responsive, aggregated and accessible capital for (once-) growing businesses in emerging markets (audio)

A whole generation of otherwise cashflow-positive small and growing ventures that deliver pro-social goods and services around the world is on the edge of failure because of the COVID crash.