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Animal-free proteins are growing revenues and raising capital

ImpactAlpha, July 13 – Companies producing animal-free proteins are growing revenues and raising capital. The food-tech firm Perfect Day raised $300 million to produce animal-free dairy proteins, including a $50 million investment from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s investment group Thematic Investing. Alternative-meat company Nuggs, now rebranded as Simulate, raised $4.1 million to launch a

Let the needs of small business drive impact investing in local economies

Impact investors dedicated to strengthening local economies must change how they support local businesses—starting with redefining the problem the investors are trying to solve. It’s easy for impact investors to define success based on internal goals, such as filling the gaps between mainstream financiers, or creating a progressive “100% mission” portfolio. Instead, investors should define

CDC’s Nick O’Donohoe on risk, liquidity and catalytic capital in emerging markets (podcast)

“The crisis has made a risky area even more risky,” CDC’s Nick O’Donohoe says on ImpactAlpha’s latest Agents of Impact podcast. “It is critically important that development finance institutions step forward, be countercyclical and provide funding and liquidity at a time when commercial investors wouldn’t.“That means you’ve got to take on considerable amount of risk in order to do that.”