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Good Capital Project takes on impact investing’s `grand challenges’

By Sharadiya Dasgupta, Good Capital Project The Good Capital project has a simple goal: drive more capital towards more impact investments. To increase the flow of “good capital” we’ve taken on six Grand Challenges: Creating shared understanding Efficient product design and distribution Enabling the entrepreneur Impact measurement and management Investable solutions Legal structures and policy Already, our

RSF Social Finance backs New York “dance incubator”

The arts are increasingly attracting investors. The latest case: Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, a New York City-based residency program, received a $5 million loan from San Francisco-based impact investor RSF Social Finance to build a 5,500-square-foot arts and dance campus on the site of a former building supply company in Catskill, N.Y. Lumberyard, which started

Friends of ImpactAlpha, dance incubator, uncharted food access, sustainability signals, bitcoin’s…

Greetings, FOIAs! #Featured: Editor’s Note Dear Friends of ImpactAlpha. The new ImpactAlpha is wrapping up its first season and gearing up for a breakthrough fall and new year. As we head into a two-week August recess, we wanted to thank you, for being readers, contributors, supporters and all-around FOIAs (Friends of ImpactAlpha). We say ‘new’ because

Nesta’s Arts Impact Fund backs creative companies and art entrepreneurs

The arts and creative community has largely been ignored by impact investors. Nesta launched the Arts Impact Fund in 2015 to meet demand for loans among the arts community. The U.K. foundation has loaned £2.4 million ($3.1 million) to eight organizations from its £7 million Arts Impact Fund, doubling its portfolio. The new crop of

Tapping artist-innovators as a source of business and social value

Leonardo da Vinci imagined and sketched helicopters, tanks, and parachutes centuries before they were produced. With modern artists bringing problem-solving skills and unique talents, venture capital firms Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures host designers-in-residence and MasterCard, United Healthcare and USAID work with OpenIDEO to connect with activists, experts, and social innovators to

Global Steering Group coming to Chicago, Swiss Re all in on ESG, impact fund raises, artists as…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original On the heels of the G20 meeting in Hamburg comes the “Impact 16” in Chicago. That’s the number of countries, with the recent addition of Finland and Argentina, that have formed national advisory boards to accelerate the practice of impact investing. The awkwardly named Global Social Impact Investment Steering

C&A Foundation, Ashoka launch seed fund for sustainable fashion

Ashoka and C&A Foundation, the Dutch retailer’s philanthropic arm, are expanding a partnership on sustainable fashion with a €250,000 ($280,000) fund. It may not sound like much, but the funds are meant for impact-focused textile startups that need a financial push to launch their businesses. “Once a scaling strategy is defined, one of the biggest