North Carolina idea: Invest in ecosystems that invest in entrepreneurs

A healthy environment for startups begins with a targeted investment in the systems nurturing founders and budding entrepreneurs. That’s been the driving philosophy for Durham-based NC Idea Foundation, which since 2006  has invested millions to support maturing startup cultures in cities and towns across North Carolina. The privately-funded foundation has supported more than 250 North

Urban-X graduates target city life and infrastructure

ImpactAlpha, October 2 – The Urban-X accelerator graduated its fourth cohort of startups at a demo day in Brooklyn last week. With investors in attendance, seven startups showcased new hardware to make urban life less challenging and more enjoyable. Among this year’s cohort: Avvir, which uses laser scanners to scan construction sites and determine progress

Western New York Impact Investing Fund backs recycled insulation startup Cleanfiber

  • The WNY Impact Investment Fund launched last year with $8 million to invest in social enterprises in Western New York. Along with Cleanfiber, the fund has backed EcoVerde Organics and Green Machine Equipment.