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Social progress index, vision finance, investing in HENRYs, the heat is on

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Positive deviants of the world, unite! Economic growth is an outcome of social progress and not the other way around. That simple and powerful premise is at the core of the Social Progress Index, a five-year-old effort to monitor how countries around the world measure up in meeting basic

Robo-investing in refugees, climate-resilient housing finance, alternative capital in Africa…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Dealflow: Follow the Money On World Refugee Day, OpenInvest points its robo-advisors toward refugee inclusion. OpenInvest allows investors to back publicly-listed companies that have forward-thinking policies towards refugees, including Starbucks, which has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in the next five years, and H&M and Google, which are pledging funds for refugee aid.

New SOCAP, fintech and media startups, energy & prosperity, passive impact investing

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Good Capital Project takes on impact investing’s grand challenges. With so many frameworks and schemas, the fragmentation of impact investing continues to frustrate. The latest to try their hand at coordination was today’s convening in New York of the Good Capital Project, the first initiative under the new ownership

A proposal for Jeff Bezos, an immigrant workforce bond, the new energy outlook, Brief Quiz №19

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic $30,000 and a platform: How Jeff Bezos and Amazon can revive small businesses and farmers. Yesterday Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to solicit ideas on how to give away his billions. Today, Amazon, the company that made Bezos a billionaire, bought Whole Foods, the high-end grocer that Bezos says makes

#EconImpact in London, $20 million for vertical farming, impact in family offices, impact…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: #EconImpact in London In the future all investing will be impact. The Economist magazine put on its second impact investment gathering in a London still reeling from this week’s Grenfell Tower fire and recent terrorist attacks. Takeaways from the event: “Increasingly ‘impact’ is a measure of externalities embedded. So in the future

Growth capital for growth markets, social impact incentives, gender-lens opportunity

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic A new model for equity growth capital for the world’s poorest countries. Helping the world’s poorest countries move out of poverty requires more equity growth capital from private investors. Today, there are only five local private-equity funds in the world’s 23 poorest countries (one in the Central African Republic, one

100th Brief, green Apple bond, Goldman’s NextEra climate move

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief №100 Blow out the candles. Today’s 100th issue of The Brief is itself a #Signal. When we launched ImpactAlpha, skeptics doubted deal activity in the impact investment marketplace would be robust enough to warrant daily coverage. You put that to rest. Since January alone, we’ve rounded up more 300 deals,