#Dealflow 9.29.16: Solar Power in Senegal, Sustainability Down Under and Soil Health for a Cool Planet

Does sustainability drive alpha? More investors seem to buy the argument that a more efficient supply chain, better governance and mitigation against growing risks such as climate change (or, more accurately, climate policy) drives better performance over time. A corollary thesis might be that companies with exposure to sectors such as sustainable agriculture and renewable

Debating the Impact Economy

What did the presidential candidates say? No, Fran Seegull and Nancy Pfund did not get a shout-out from the debate stage at Hofstra University for their open letter to the presidential candidates promoting “The Impact Economy.” But a few minutes into Hillary Clinton’s opening remarks on “Achieving Prosperity,” a friend texted me, “It sounds like

Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments…

Climate Finance / Smarter Money Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments (Webinar) PRIs can de-risk or help complete investment deals that otherwise might not get done https://medium.com/media/f3988f396ecf6bfc794dd76879b7ebc9/href Rather than bemoan venture capitalists’ lack of interest in early stage innovation to tackle climate change, Sarah Kearney and her PRIME Coalition have set out

Marrakech Express: Bridging the Climate Innovation Gap with Strategic Philanthropic Investments (Webinar)

Rather than bemoan venture capitalists’ lack of interest in early stage innovation to tackle climate change, Sarah Kearney and her PRIME Coalition have set out to show VCs and other investors how it an be done. As the follow-up to last year’s Paris climate accords approaches (in Marrakech Nov. 7-18), PRIME’s model caught the eye of

#Dealflow 9.6.16: Scaling Up Distributed Solar, Seeding LegWorks, WhereIsMyTransport and CropIn

Rather than slow down this summer, impact finance seemed to be scaling up with follow-on funding for growing ventures and seed funding for several promising social ventures. Solar series. Off-grid solar company BBOXX closed a $20 million Series C investment to help the company to expand in markets in West Africa and Cameroon. The round

Australia Model: Water-Sharing Investments to Secure Nature’s Needs in Water-Scarce Regions

Saving just a small amount of the more than 90 percent of water in water-scarce regions around the world that goes to irrigated agriculture can free up a great volume of water for cities, other farmers and nature. Nature, however, is often last in line when it comes to getting more water, even when farmers

#Dealflow 8.17.16: Mosaic’s big raise, a ‘smart city’ in Virginia and new financing for PowerPlant, Zoona, Galvanize and Scripbox

The big #Dealflow news of the month is the $220 million in equity financing raised by California-based solar financing company Mosaic. The financing, led by Warburg Pincus and supported by Core Innovation Capital and Obvious Ventures, “provides an open runway for growth,” said Billy Parish, Mosaic’s founder and CEO. Mosaic provides financing for residential rooftop