Edquity raises early funding to help students weather financial strain

  • Backing from Lumina Impact Ventures will support Edquity’s launch in partnership with LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y., which serves 45,000 mostly low-income and minority students, and Nevada State College, a four-year public college in Nevada that caters to first-generation college students.

Investors with $6.5 trillion demand fast-food giants manage climate risks

  • "Increased environmental regulation, rising consumer demand for plant-based food, and fears over water pollution from intensive farms are all ingredients in the rising threat to the long-term value of the fast food multinationals,” said Alice Evans of BMO Global Asset Management, with $260 billion under management.

Petal raises $30 million for alt-credit cards

  • New York-based fintech firm Petal has raised $30 million for its mission to “make credit honest, simple, and accessible” from a long roster of investors, including PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and socially-focused investors Third Prime Capital and the Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund.