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When founders of color prosper, so will entrepreneurship in the post-COVID economy

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 20 – Investors and advocates are increasing their focus on Black and Brown-owned businesses, which even before COVID struggled to access capital and since have been hit disproportionately hard. Solving capital access gaps for founders of color can accelerate job growth and help close racial wealth gaps while adding billions to the U.S.

Path to 15|55 has $100 million in commitments to grow Black businesses

Business ownership and entrepreneurship are some of the best tools we have to grow the wealth of Black communities. “The median net worth for Black business owners is 12 times higher than Black nonbusiness owners,” regardless of their level of wealth before beginning a business, according to an AEO report. If Black businesses were fully

How corporations can make good on their racial equity pledges

Netflix and Goldman Sachs are in vastly different businesses, but in formulating their responses to the racial crisis facing America, these corporations came to a similar conclusion: both bet big on Black-controlled financial institutions.  Other corporations should follow their example. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) led and owned by Black

Impact Engine steps into private equity with $31 million growth fund

ImpactAlpha, October 20 – Early-stage fundraising is difficult. Finding mission-aligned growth capital can be just as hard. Most of the few impact-oriented private equity funds have come from private equity giants like KKR, Bain and TPG.  Chicago-based Impact Engine is aiming to expand the supply of growth-stage impact capital by investing in new managers of

Bridging the credit gap for India’s impact enterprises

ImpactAlpha, October 8 – More than two million social enterprises and impact companies in India are delivering healthcare, expanding electricity beyond the grid and bringing tens of millions of unbanked adults into the financial system. Impact investors have invested billions of dollars in the form of equity. But debt capital has been in short supply.