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Food distribution in Kenya, BridgeBuilder winners, support for local entrepreneurs

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money Twiga Foods raises $10.3 million to connect Kenyan farmers and vendors.Twiga, a logistics company and tech platform, has become one of Kenya’s largest distributors of basic food items. The company, launched in 2014, buys produce from Kenyan farmers and delivers it to urban markets and kiosks to improve Nairobi’s

Operation impact, prescription drug transparency, tech-driven resource efficiency, Africa’s Great…

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Operation Impact: Four practical innovations from impact investing problem-solvers. The Case Foundation’s Rehana Nathoo kicks off a four-part series on ImpactAlpha to share lessons learned in changing investment culture, practice, expectations and habits to enable a new level of impact. Over the next month or so, we’ll feature pieces from

Chan-Zuckerberg’s portfolio, JPMorgan’s clean billions, Patamar’s livelihood thesis, care-bots…

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original How Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg are investing their social-change billions. If and when the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative becomes one of the biggest private social-change funders in history, these early days will be seen as signals of their intentions — and their methods. The Facebook founder and his wife have pledged to

Social impact bond pays off, helping Self Help, B Corps for big business, blockchain future

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Peterborough social impact bond becomes a proof point. Fewer prisoners are returning to prison in Peterborough, England. That represents a success for the city, the ex-offenders, and the investors who backed the world’s first social impact bond, which financed a comprehensive post-release program. Social impact bonds have so far

Blending finance for global goals, responsible robo-advisors, U.S.

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Blending finance to unlock capital for the 2030 global goals. To build its $150 million private equity fund to invest in frontier markets, Sarona Asset Management leveraged public funding to lower risks and thus attract private investors. That “blended finance” model is becoming increasingly important in mobilizing private capital

Jack Ma’s Africa entrepreneurship fund, Morningstar digs in on sustainability, Abraaj offers…

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money Jack Ma backs young African entrepreneurs with $10 million fund. The founder of Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba announced his African Young Entrepreneurs Fund at the Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Rwanda. It was the first visit to the continent for Ma, who is worth more than $35 billion. “African

Summer of impact, impact Philly, reef insurance in Mexico, China’s AI plan for 2030

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Summer of Impact. Has anybody else noticed that both deal ticket sizes and fund raises in impact investing have stepped up a whole order of magnitude? ImpactAlpha posed that question across social media last week in the wake of Bain Capital’s $390 million raise for its Double Impact Fund,