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In Latin America, VilCap backs fintech startups Mutuo Financiera and Fintual

The Mexican and Chilean startups were selected by their peers for investments of $75,000 each as part of Village Capital’s latest Latin American fintech cohort. Across Latin America, a majority of adults are unbanked or underbanked. Mutuo Financiera offers credit and other financial products to small businesses in Mexico, where 93% of small business applicants get

New funding mechanisms for Cleantech 2.0 bridge venture capital gap

VC funding has proved a poor fit for the high risks, modest returns and long holding periods associated with cleantech investing. After a boom in the 2000s, venture capital funding for cleantech dropped 30 percent between 2011 and 2016. Last year only 7.6% of VC deals went into clean technologies. A report from the Climate

How a green bank could finance New Jersey’s clean-energy economy

Even many Jersey voters might not know that Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s clean-energy platform aims to put the Garden State on a path to 100% clean energy by 2050. New Jersey has the U.S.’s fifth-highest solar installed-capacity, but only 5% of the state’s power comes from renewables. Murphy’s strategy for renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation

Why Rise of the Rest should own impact, Propel Capital’s civic tech fund, cleantech investing 2.0,

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Yes, Steve Case, there is impact alpha. As more money folks embrace impact investing, it seems some impact folks are running away. The latest case in point, so to speak, is Steve Case, who took pains to make clear to The New York Times that his new Rise of the

India’s one-line revolution, big-name backers for Rise of the Rest, fintech in LATAM and MENA…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The one-line revolution in land rights in rural India. Suchitra Dey and her husband, a truck driver, had struggled for years to earn a living, taking odd jobs and selling vegetables. Seven years ago, Dey and her family finally got a small plot of their own, in the West

In the Middle East and North Africa, the 2030 global goals are a $600 billion opportunity

Businesses focusing on resilient cities, sustainable agriculture and new energy could propel more than $637 billion in new business activity and 12.4 million jobs in the region by 2030. A new report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, the same group that identified $12 trillion in economic potential related to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals,

Tax cut complicity, social justice ETFs, finding Einsteins, the $600B global goal opportunity in…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Complicit: Where are impact investors as the tax bill transfers wealth to the rich? Talk about a meme whose time has come. “Complicit” is the word of the year, according to Dictionary.com, which made the selection even before the last few holdouts among Senate Republicans traded their votes for

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