Six impact storylines, Andela’s African coders, creative economy, climate job-loss

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Roundup At SOCAP17, looking ahead to 2030. Today’s brief comes to you from the main hall at Ft. Mason in San Francisco, where the 10th annual Social Capital Markets conference is underway. ImpactAlpha is a media sponsor of the event, the largest in SOCAP’s history with more than 3,000 participants.

Top-ranked impact funds, blue bonds, nudges for good, super abundant capital

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original B Lab’s annual list of top-ranked impact funds includes some you may not have heard of — yet. Private-equity firm CoreCo has an investment thesis you’re not likely to read about in The Wall Street Journal. The $54 million fund spots high-growth businesses in Central America that operate with sustainable business

Getting talent right, $150 million for diversity in films, Connovo’s replication innovation, Puerto…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Securing the talent to scale impact. When Ryan Grant Little managed social entrepreneurship and finance efforts at the BMW Foundation in Berlin, he noticed organizations lacked basic skills like strategy and finance. “Organizations in the sector were failing to attract and retain talent with some of the hard skills that

Find us at SOCAP, fintech and edtech raises, racial-equity growth market, big brands in 2030

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: SOCAP17 The social capital markets’ annual meeting. It’s not your grandfather’s business convention. Next week’s 10th annual SOCAP will once again gather the many tribes of social impact. The ImpactAlpha team will be on the scene at Ft. Mason in San Francisco to make sense of the movement. We’re leading a

Social-change economics, Rise Fund hits $2B, JP Morgan in DC, environmental impact investors…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment Real Impact: Morgan Simon on bringing communities into impact investing. The longtime leader in the field bridges two worlds with her new book, “Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change” (grab a copy at Amazon or Politics and Prose). In an interview with ImpactAlpha’s David Bank, Simon

Big asset managers, Salesforce impact fund, financing education in India, open data privacy

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Nine out of 10 of the largest U.S. asset managers are now active in impact investing. The biggest asset managers, including №1 BlackRock ($5.7 trillion in assets in 2015) appear to be the first movers, according to a new analysis from impact investing strategy firm Tideline. As Tideline’s Ben Thornley

Climate-resilience for Puerto Rico, CNote’s impact savings, ADAP’s real-time deals, future of…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Puerto Rico’s agony makes the case for climate-resilience investing. You don’t have to choose sides between President Trump and Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to agree that a massive recovery effort looms for the U.S. territory. And you don’t have to ascribe any