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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

Banking on the Poor: Using the Off-Grid Solar Revolution to Unlock Low-Income Credit in Africa

The convergence of low-cost solar technology, nearly ubiquitous mobile phones, and increasingly robust systems for mobile payments has unleashed a wave of entrepreneurship and investment across Africa and Asia. Off-grid solar electric systems are leapfrogging decrepit utility grids in much the same way as mobile phones leapfrogged landlines. And solar power is just the start

#Dealflow 8.3.16:

With $2.7 million in commitments, including $1 million from Global Partnership and investments from Sorenson Impact Foundation, Linked Foundation and other individual investors, the fund aims to back 12 East African startups focused on education, energy, health, rural livelihoods, sanitation and water. As part of the deal, the Eleos Foundation dissolved and granted its assets to

Can this philanthropic investment model help close climate innovation’s “valley of death”?

For venture capitalists, the urgency of climate action has been no match for the urgency of reaping returns from their investments before the end of their 10-year funds. That has made venture capital a poor fit for many promising climate-change solutions, many of which may not pay off for a decade or more. And that has

#Dealflow 7.11.16: Vegan Leather, Sustainable Food, Green Energy and Supply-Chain Transparency

Institutional investors are seeing the potential in the kinds of products and services that will be key to a more sustainable future. That’s the theme of this week’s #Dealflow, which features investments by Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund Temasek (in lab-grown “vegan leather,” no less) and Canadian insurance co-operative The Co-Operators in a healthy food and

#Dealflow 6.23.16: Funds Boost Global Entrepreneurship, Chan-Zuckerberg Backs Andela, and a Bump for Diabetes Prevention

There’s nothing like a gathering of more than a thousand global entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, headlined by President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, to bring out the announcements of new funds and initiatives. The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit is in full swing at Stanford University, so we are