To Drive Innovation in Education, Foundations are Starting to Act Like Venture Capitalists

It takes a village to raise a successful education technology company—and to build an ecosystem for education innovation that creates meaningful, sustainable change in our schools and for our students. But one of the most critical sources of that capital and expertise has until recently been sitting on the sidelines. In a new article for Stanford

Bringing Lenders Together for Better Results for America’s Urban Poor

Commercial lenders don’t exactly flock to opportunities to offer low-cost loans, lines of credit and equity investments for small businesses and social services for low-income residents in U.S. cities. So a new fund is sweetening the pot to increase the flow of capital for such investments across the country. Living Cities, a collaboration of nearly two dozen

Bringing Lenders Together for Better Results for America’s Urban Poor

Commercial lenders don’t exactly flock to opportunities to offer low-cost loans, lines of credit and equity investments for small businesses and social services for low-income residents in U.S. cities. So a new fund is sweetening the pot to increase the flow of capital for such investments across the country. Living Cities, a collaboration of nearly

PayPal Enlists Village Capital to Bring ‘New Money’ to the Global Unbanked

Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal, is on a mission to extend digital payments to the 2.5 billion unbanked people around the world. He is enlisting Village Capital, the scrappy business accelerator and venture capital firm, to help find local companies that can help. PayPal and Village Capital will support roughly 40 financial technology entrepreneurs who

IFC: Five Things Impact Investors Need to Know to ‘Crowd In’ Capital (1 of 3)

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted, governments are confronting the question of how to pay for the enormous investments — especially in infrastructure — required to meet the goals. Clearly, governments don’t have the fiscal space to finance all the investments, or the skills to design and manage them. So the focus has been on how

Test in Nicaragua Shifts Lending for Women-Led Businesses From Collateral to Cashflow

Over the next two years, the first 30 to 40 companies will receive five-year loans of $25,000 to $30,000 at an annual interest rate of 18 percent, including both program fees and interest. Typical loan recipients are women-led or women-owned small- to medium-sized enterprises with annual sales of $100,000 to $250,000. The goal of the

Arts, Dementia and Social Enterprise: Lessons from the UK’s Blended Finance Initiatives

As governments around the world look for more efficient ways to finance critical social services, the UK government is engaging the private sector to fund the arts, research into treatments for dementia, incubation of new social enterprises and other initiatives. ImpactAlpha recently spoke with Edward Evans, a senior policy advisor in the UK Cabinet Office’s