KKR is using its Global Impact fund to invest in nutrient monitoring, management and removal services for U.S. wastewater treatment facilities, in partnership with XPV Water Partners, a consulting and investment firm.
- The Echo Park Neighborhood REIT will be structured as a public-benefit corporation and managed for the long term health of the community. Individuals will be able to invest as little as $100 and own a share of the income produced by the real estate portfolio as well as its underlying value.
- The venture firm is the latest to seek an edge by backing entrepreneurs often overlooked by traditional venture capital.
<em>ImpactAlpha, November 18 – </em>Chicago-based Impact Engine has raised a second impact fund to back entrepreneurs preparing and upskilling the U.S. workforce.The accelerator-turned-fund-manager is armed with $25 million in fresh capital to cut checks of up to $400,000 in software companies like Fixer, an on-demand home maintenance service that employs and trains people from disadvantaged backgrounds; KickUp, a platform listing professional development opportunities for teachers; and Glimpse K12, which helps school districts deploy early education resources more effectively.Impact Engine is investing in other sectors too, like health (CancerIQ), financial services (Climb Credit) and housing (PadSplit), but sees the most opportunity in tech companies “straddling economic empowerment and education,” partner Tasha Seitz told <em>ImpactAlpha</em>. “I think the conversation about the future of work is driving a lot of that.”It’s a shift from Impact Engine’s $10 million first fund, which primarily invested in health and edtech startups.https://impactalpha.com/the-landscape-of-tech-solutions-creating-economic-opportunity-d1eca01b6d2b/Impact Engine hit a $10 million <a href="https://impactalpha.com/chicagos-impact-engine-raises-10-million-for-new-fund/" data-mce-href="https://impactalpha.com/chicagos-impact-engine-raises-10-million-for-new-fund/">first close</a> for the fund last May. It has now reached a final close of $25 million with backing from Trillium Asset Management, the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund, ImpactAssets, family offices and foundations.The fund will invest in about 25 companies, with reserves for follow-on rounds.
- If Patrick doesn’t highlight his private-equity career, his critics certainly will. Like it or not: impact investing will be on the ballot.
Guild Education's fresh $157 million in equity funding is the latest transaction in what’s becoming a frothy workforce development venture capital market.
Paris-based Lalilo is an online literacy tool for kindergarten to second grade students that uses adaptive exercises to build reading skills.