Priming climate innovation, Builders’ MPOWERD stake, finding impactful edtech, growing off-grid…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Unlocking seed-stage investment for climate innovation. With high capital costs and long product-development cycles, early-stage climate solutions have had a hard time securing funding from venture capitalists. The PRIME Coalition, a non-profit cleantech intermediary, lines up deals for philanthropic partners who can deploy flexible grants and program-related investments. Such

Universal impact investors, recycling cell phones, Nigeria’s startup sector

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Why that $200 hamburger may not maximize shareholder value after all. That two-dollar fast-food burger could cost up to $200 when you add in its carbon footprint, use of water use, degradation of the soil and the additional health care required by its production and distribution. By allowing the true

Bluffer’s guide to the climate talks, Panorama raises $16M, Argentina’s impact ambitions, managing…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices A bluffer’s guide to the Bonn — or is it Fiji? — climate talks. What a time for a small island state to host a UN climate summit, Ed King writes on ImpactAlpha. Fiji is the host of the climate talks now underway. But Suva, Fiji’s capital, was too small, so “Bonn — a city that

Climate markets beyond renewables, microfinance exit, driving inclusive growth, banking on climate…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Climate investors look beyond renewables as Bonn gets down to business. There’s a buzz on as world leaders gather in Bonn this week to push forward the global climate-action agenda: the world is awash in private capital — we just have to go get it. Last week’s $653 million financing package

The Brief’s Big Ten: American entrepreneurship, institutional tipping point, real impact

Happy Friday, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief’s Big Ten 1. Steve Case is raising the rest…of a $100 million seed fund. Since 2014, the AOL-founder and Revolution chairman has visited 33 cities and personally backed 29 local startups with $100,000 each as part of his ‘Rise of the Rest’ strategy. Now he’s trying to get his

Impact tax hacks, Milwaukee startups, China’s impact ecosystem, closing the 2°C climate action gap

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment podcast Tax Hacks: Turning tax reform toward inclusive prosperity. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. called taxes “the price we pay for civilization.” In ImpactAlpha’slatest Returns on Investment podcast, our regular roundtable goes even further: how can the tax code be used to nudge investments toward a future we’d all

Central America’s growth opportunity, AquaSpark’s aquaculture deals, VCs back immigration-tech…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Founders and funders to watch in Central America and the Caribbean.Central America and the Caribbean have not generally been considered a global growth story. But relative stability, young and growing populations, GDP-growth that outpaces that of the U.S., and a dearth of capital for entrepreneurs suggest opportunities for investors