Serena Williams’ portfolio of diverse and impactful startups

ImpactAlpha, April 22 – Tennis mega-star Serena Williams has (not-so-quietly) invested millions over the last five years into dozens of diverse-led and impactful startups. Last week, Williams formally unveiled the full portfolio of Serena Ventures, which “invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and opportunity,” according to its website.  There’s Mayvenn, the online marketplace

Bridging Finance launches fund to finance Indigenous development projects in Canada

ImpactAlpha, April 22 – First Nations and Inuit people in Canada do not own their land. Per the Indian Act, it’s held by the Canadian government. Without collateral, private banks are hesitant to fund early-stage development. “It’s very difficult to do on-reserve lending in a traditional format,” Bridging Finance’s David Sharpe, a member of the

Impact investors start to make stodgy municipal bonds sexy (podcast)

  • Hidden inside the $3.8 trillion market for U.S. municipal bonds are mispriced social and environmental risks, untapped value and a whole lot of potential for on-the-ground impact in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.