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Catalyst Fund secures $4.3 million to accelerate digital commerce in Ghana

ImpactAlpha, October 22 – Catalyst Fund supports local fintech entrepreneurs to accelerate access to basic goods and services in emerging markets. A new program supported by Mastercard Foundation and Accra-based MEST will enable Catalyst Fund to dig deeper into economic inclusion by helping Ghana’s micro and small businesses adopt digital services, like electronic payments or

How disease-focused venture philanthropy can accelerate cures

Just a few weeks after our son’s second birthday, when emergency room doctors told us his body had destroyed his ability to make insulin, he joined more than 1.6 million Americans living with type one diabetes (T1D). Since 2002, he has relied on infusions of insulin to control his blood sugar and remain alive. In

Impact Engine steps into private equity with $31 million growth fund

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Early-stage fundraising is difficult. Finding mission-aligned growth capital can be just as hard. Most of the few impact-oriented private equity funds have come from private equity giants like KKR, Bain and TPG.  Chicago-based Impact Engine is aiming to expand the supply of growth-stage impact capital by investing in new managers of

Call No. 24: Agents of Impact converge on financing solutions to ‘light every clinic’ (video)

The people and principles needed to solve the challenges of financing solar power for frontline health clinics were represented on ImpactAlpha’s Agents of Impact Call No. 24 earlier this month. Now we just have to put the pieces together.  “The people on the (Zoom) chat can fix this,” said energy strategist Michael Liebreich, as dozens

Electric bus maker Proterra raises $200 million

ImpactAlpha, October 19 – Burlingame, Calif.-based electric bus maker Proterra has raised $200 million, backed by Cowen Sustainable Advisors, Soros Fund Management, Generation Investment Management, and Broadscale Group. Obvious Ventures was an early investor (see, “Talking trillion-dollar sustainability disruptions with Obvious Ventures’ Andrew Beebe”).  Proterra and other electric vehicle makers are on a fundraising tear,

Let’s plot an energy scenario ambitious enough for the climate emergency

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 16 – The International Energy Agency’s annual ‘gold standard’ World Energy Outlook, used by policymakers, investors and business leaders, was published this week. What set energy wonks buzzing is the inclusion, for the first time, of a ‘Net-Zero’ scenario for 2050, and a roadmap for what needs to happen to get there.   But