Rise Fund’s debut deal, Builders bridges growth-stage gap, clean energy’s human rights risks

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original TPG’s Rise Fund comes out of the gates with a big edtech investment in EverFi. Where it will put the $2 billion it has said it is raising has been one of the big questions around the Rise Fund, the new impact investing fund from private equity firm TPG Growth. The firm

Paygo’s global investors, guaranteed impact, the $100 billion aquaculture market

In today’s Brief: Look out Bangalore, Chennai is earning startup cred with a statewide VC fund and recent food, health and fintech deals…Global investors are excited about a Nairobi-based pay-as-you-go clean energy provider to poor households…Mobile money is big in Tanzania, too…Credit guarantees can unlock capital for education, health and conservation investments…And sustainable aquaculture is

More on the Trump Effect, BIMA’s meteoric growth, first deals on ImpactUs, Agora’s variable-payment…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Taking stock of the ‘Trump Effect’ on impact investing. The conventional wisdom among impact investors and observers has been that the election of President Trump sparked a wave of investor activism, as purpose-driven investors have sought ways to align their portfolios with their concerns for social justice and the environment. But in

Action trumps politics on climate, big-ticket social impact bonds, rethinking the meaning of work

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Roundup Climate action trumps politics. One of the delicious tidbits to emerge from the infighting in the Trump administration is the codename Steve Bannon’s nationalists use to refer to the leader of the globalist wing, National Economic Council chief Gary Cohn: CTC, for “Carbon Tax Cohn.” The factions are expected to go at

Danone’s public benefit corp., startups tackle affordable housing, three keys to energy for all

#Dealflow: Follow the Money Danone to create a public benefit corporation to hold WhiteWave. The French multinational food company signaled it wants to preserve WhiteWave’s healthy vibe after completing its $10 billion acquisition of the U.S. dairy company. Danone Dairy and WhiteWave’s health-focused brands (including Horizon Organic, Silk and Earthbound Farm) will combine under the name

Flint’s ROI miscalculation, IIX does debt, a lab for SDG finance, global elections

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The return-on-investment miscalculation that caused the Flint water crisis. Cost savings were the stated driver of the 2014 decision by officials in Flint, Mich., to switch water systems — to one tainted with lead and other toxins. As events have shown, projected savings of $200 million over 25 years have been vastly outweighed — by sickness and

Small farmers, big impact; measuring forest sustainability; IKEA goes social, Apple goes recycled

#Featured: Open Mic Small farmers are the future of global food security. Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. Now, larger buyers of agricultural