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Startup Oasis seeds six Indian startups

The Jaipur-based incubator is backing the ventures with 17 million rupees ($260,000) through its “Invent” program. Recipients are committed to developing technologies and services for India’s poor. They include: KBSS, a skills training services for nonprofit and government workers; Multibhashi, a language-learning app; and Carmel Organics, which supports small-scale farmers organically growing medicinal herbs and spices. The goal

Indigo raises $156 million for drought-resistant seeds

Boston-based Indigo, which taps plant microbiomes to improve crop resiliency and water efficiency, has developed cotton and wheat seeds for U.S. farmers facing increased water scarcity. Corn and soy products are in the pipeline. The new investment round will help support recently opened offices in Australia and Argentina and increases total fundraising to $300 million,

Sustainable cellphone maker Fairphone raises $7.7 million

The Dutch “responsible electronics” startup launched four years ago, selling a modular cellphone handset made with sustainably sourced minerals, and funded through crowdsourcing. The latest round is backed by Pymwymic Impact Investing Cooperative and DOEN Participaties, the investment arm of the Dutch DOEN Foundation. The funds will be used for material sourcing, production, distribution, recycling

Big-league impact, sustainable cellphones, urbantech startups, next billion air conditioners

#Featured: Impact Voices Enterprise-level impact data can get impact investment to the big leagues. “Early-movers in impact investing used to try to coax people into the pool by saying, ‘Come on in, the water’s fine,” writes Clara Miller, president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, in a new essay on ImpactAlpha. “Now, immense players are doing cannonballs

Mapping agriculture’s water-risk hotspots

The world’s agricultural regions face serious water-related challenges: polluted sources, excessive flooding, groundwater depletion and drought. A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Water Risk Hotspots for Agriculture, explores these challenges and identifies the food-producing regions most likely to experience water crises in the future. The results are unsettling: Looking at water risks

Buffalo, N.Y., impact fund raises $8 million

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s push to spur private investment with public funds is paying off. The Western New York Impact Investment Fund has raised (paywall) $8 million from community and national foundations and private investors to back projects in the Buffalo area, from social startups to environmental-cleanup bonds. Investors are already active in the depressed region;