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Big-league impact, sustainable cellphones, urbantech startups, next billion air conditioners

#Featured: Impact Voices Enterprise-level impact data can get impact investment to the big leagues. “Early-movers in impact investing used to try to coax people into the pool by saying, ‘Come on in, the water’s fine,” writes Clara Miller, president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, in a new essay on ImpactAlpha. “Now, immense players are doing cannonballs

Impact storytelling, disaster recovery capital, where community-development finance goes, beating…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Telling the impact investing story. In the spirit of full transparency, we should disclose that ImpactAlpha receives a fair number of pitches from professional public-relations firms. Sometimes derided (particularly by reporters) as “flacks,” PR has rebranded itself as “strategic communications.” And as such, they often have smart ideas about how

Buffalo’s impact fund, Jopwell & job diversity, pension funds can’t hide, ag’s water-risk hotspots

Good Tuesday evening, ImpactAlpha readers! Spread the love. If you like what you read here in ImpactAlpha’s daily brief, please invite your colleagues, friends and family to subscribe by visiting: https://impactalpha.com/thebrief. Thank you — The ImpactAlpha Team #Dealflow: Follow the Money Buffalo, N.Y., impact fund raises $8 million. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s push to spur private investment with

Gender-diversity outperformance, Mitsui and minigrids, food-tech investing, India’s water challenge

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices The Google diversity story needs a reframe. Others have debunked the poor science and just plain ignorance in Google engineer James Damore’s argument that males are better suited than females for work in the tech and engineering fields. So let’s talk instead about building great businesses and investing to make

Impact Indonesia, CARE’s women’s fund, ride-sharing for refugees, UN’s Guterres takes aim at…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original How tech-driven startups are driving social impact in Indonesia. Indonesia has all the elements of an impact investing market poised for growth: An active small and medium-sized business market. Tech-driven innovation. Significant unmet social needs. And Southeast Asia’s largest economy. That made it a natural fit for the Sankalp

Financing resilience, Ford MRI for Detroit housing, six climate-finance innovations, solar for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Hurricanes add urgency to climate resiliency investing. We’re only beginning to tally the devastation from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now Maria — and the wildfires in the Western U.S. and the monsoons in Bangladesh andthe floods in Nigeria and across South Asia. Climate change is increasing the size, intensity and cost

Bloomberg’s global initiative, school-in-a-box, epidemic insurance, SIINC’ing portfolios…

Good Wednesday evening, The people of Mexico and the Caribbean are hurting after an epic series of disasters. Our friends at IGNIA, an investment firm in Mexico City, have identified Topos de Tlatelolco, a search and rescue team, and the Mexican Red Cross as reliable organizations working on the earthquake relief effort in Mexico. Vox