Philadelphia: Incubator City, Jana adds ‘impact’, making climate deals work, harnessing tourism for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Philadelphia rings the bell on a 21st-century revival. Almost 250 years ago, Philadelphia incubated a world-changing startup: the United States of America. The rest is, well…history. Now, Philadelphia is incubating a locally-driven, 21st-century revival that could become a model for other post-industrial U.S. cities. In 2018, ImpactAlpha is going all

The Brief’s Big Five: tax bill opportunity, a greener New York, holiday #dealflow

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Here’s a short roundup from a short week. #Featured: The Brief’s Big Five A bipartisan morsel in the Republican tax bill (yes, we found one). We’re waiting for the fine print, but the “Investing for Opportunities Act” that is part of the bill could draw significant investment to low-income communities. The provision lets investors

Seven off-grid energy ventures share $1.2 million from IEEE

The engineering professional association awarded the funding in late December as part of its Smart Village competition for community-level power services. Winners include Africa Development Promise in Uganda, which combines women’s entrepreneurship, technical skills training, and solar-powered agricultural equipment; and PNG Community Transformation Center in Papua New Guinea, which deploys solar microgrids to power rural

AgDevCo re-ups with Zambian farming venture

Katito Farming Enterprises aims to increase local agricultural production and processing in northern Zambia and to connect smallholder farmers to regional export markets. AgDevCo, a London-based impact investor, invested almost $2 million in the farm, after a $5 million investment last year. Funds will be used to help Katito work with new crop varieties and to

New York’s clean-energy future

“Mother Nature has tested us, it seems, time and time and time again.” That was New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo in his eighth State of the State address. Cuomo outlined his vision for a greener future in the 2018 Clean Energy Jobs and Climate Agenda. “The future of the economy and the future of our children

Church pension fund backs off-grid solar in Africa and south Asia

The $75 million Off-Grid Solar and Financial Access Senior Debt Fund aims to impact one million people in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia and reduce carbon dioxide by four million tons. The Church Pension Fund, which serves the Episcopal Church, invested $17 million in its second in off-grid energy investment. The $13 billion fund has about