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Daimler joins Europe’s green bond parade

ImpactAlpha, September 8 – German automaker Daimler has issued a €1 billion ($1.2 billion), 10-year bond to transition to clean cars. Daimler’s bond follows a €500 million issuance from Spain’s Banco de Sabadell last week.  In other firsts, Germany and Sweden both floated their first sovereign green bonds last week. Germany raised €6.5 billion with

Triodos Bank develops impact bond fund for U.K. retail investors

ImpactAlpha, September 3 – Nearly half of retail investors in the U.K. want impact investment options. Triodos Bank U.K. is responding with an impact bond fund that starts at £20 per share. The Triodos Sterling Bond Impact Fund, launching in early November, will invest in corporate, social and green bonds, and U.K. “gilts,” or sovereign

Crowdcube’s secondary market aims to give exits to equity crowdfunding investors

ImpactAlpha, August 31 – Crowdcube, the U.K.-based equity crowdfunding platform, isn’t exclusively focused on impact. But its new offering, which allows early investors to sell their stakes to other interested investors, could help entrepreneurs raise capital by drawing more investors to the platform (see, “Equity crowdfunding changes who gets financed”). U.K.-based equity crowdfunding site Seedrs

EIT Food invests €5.5 million in COVID relief for European food startups

ImpactAlpha, August 10 – EIT Food makes early investments in European companies advancing a sustainable food system. The initiative of the European Institute for Innovation Technology committed bridge funding to help 13 startups weather COVID disruptions and continue research and development.  The companies include Poland’s plant-based protein startup NapiFeryn, which will use the funding to