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Incubating Aquaculture Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid

Successful projects, dwindling funds. What’s an innovative NGO to do? One answer: Build a deal pipeline for impact investors looking for investable ventures. WorldFish, a Malaysia-based spinoff of the the “green revolution” pioneer CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), reached this crossroads in 2010. International aid had run out for aquaculture initiatives that had

Living Goods: How one social enterprise is leading the fight against malaria

(Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in The Guardian.) Mafubira, Uganda – A dose of competition is sometimes what’s required to get life-saving medicines and other needed products to urban slum dwellers and the rural poor. Drugs to treat malaria, for example, are a recurring necessity in towns like this one east of Kampala. Uganda

Unitus Makes Two Investments in India’s Workforce

India’s huge demand for skilled workers is creating compelling opportunities to invest in ventures with innovative ways to  turn low-income and marginalized people into ready workers. That’s the thesis of Unitus Seed Fund, an investor in early-stage ventures aimed at India’s “base of the pyramid” that has closed two such deals in recent weeks. Unitus

Unitus Makes Two Investments in India’s Workforce

India’s huge demand for skilled workers is creating compelling opportunities to invest in ventures with innovative ways to turn low-income and marginalized people into ready workers. That’s the thesis of Unitus Seed Fund, an investor in early-stage ventures aimed at India’s “base of the pyramid” that has closed two such deals in recent weeks. Unitus

Unitus Seed Fund: Seeding Startups at the Base of India’s Pyramid

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of low-income customers at the base of India’s economic pyramid. The commitments, including from billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, will launch the Unitus Seed Fund, which is looking for startups providing

Seeding Startups at the Base of India’s Pyramid

A team of technology veterans has raised $8 million for one of the first funds making early-stage investments in companies meeting the basic needs of low-income customers at the base of India’s economic pyramid. The commitments, including from billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, will launch the Unitus Seed Fund, which is looking for startups providing

“Missing Middle” Capital for Social Enterprises in Mexico

Mexico faces a shortage of 7 million homes for families at the bottom of the income scale. Barely 2 percent of Mexican students have access to college loans. Rodrigo Villar sees these as opportunities as much as problems. Villar has just closed on the first $15 million (of a $20 million goal) for the launch
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