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,

Plenty of green for indoor farming, women media entrepreneurs, time traveling in South Africa…

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief Quiz №24 The Numbers issue. This week a vote was scheduled then postponed then canceled then scheduled then canceled then postponed…we think. Are you keeping count? We hope so, because this is the Numbers issue of The Brief Quiz, №24 to be exact. Math-challenged? Take The Brief Quiz №24 and let

Impact in Korea, dealflow for PRIME and Closed Loop, ARPA-E’s climate-tech pipeline, progress is…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Returns on Investment (podcast) Fertilizing the roots of impact in Korea. To the list of examples of place- and people-based impact investing, add Seoul, South Korea. A neighborhood of co-housing, co-working and co-investors in “changemakers” is attracting university talent and mission-driven entrepreneurs. Kyungsun Chung, the founder of Root Impact, is behind

2030 deadline, Kiva’s refugee fund, scaling up smallholder finance, progress is possible

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Only 4,913 days to go until Dec. 31, 2030. The clock is ticking toward the deadline for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. It’s becoming clear we’re going to go down to the wire to meet the targets world leaders adopted for the goals