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Steve Case wants to revolution-ize entrepreneurship in middle America

To reimagine agriculture, go where the farmers are. According to AOL founder Steve Case, many of the answers to how we eat, get around, consume energy and water and stay healthy will be found in the middle of the country. Case’s investment firm, Revolution LLC, has invested $840 million between the coasts and far from Silicon Valley. “Nearly

Calvert Foundation and U.S. Bancorp back $20 million fund for small business lending

Calvert Foundation and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation have backed a new $20 million fund for small business lending in U.S. communities. Greenline Ventures, a minority-controlled and employee-owned firm in Denver, will manage the fund. The fund leverages New Markets Tax Credits, a federal program that incentivizes business and real estate investment in low-income U.S. communities

Agora Partnerships stocks the pipeline of Latin American social business startups

The incoming class for Agora Partnerships’ accelerator program includes 31 companies from 12 countries in Latin America and Caribbean, including one from Haiti. Major themes include urban innovation, health access, ethical fashion, water and sanitation, clean tech, education for all and sustainable food and agriculture. This year Agora is adding training around the UN Sustainable Development

Village Capital’s digital health entrepreneurs choose Certintell and LivWell Health

Well Being Digital health companies Certintell and LivWell Health will each receive $75,000 after being selected by their peers in VilCap’s three-month accelerator program. Certintell, based in Des Moines, Iowa, connects low-income Americans with care teams through text, pictures, and video. San Francisco-based LivWell Health provides platforms for post-acute and senior living providers. This spring,

HCAP exits Vertical Management Systems

California private equity firm HCAP Partners, an advocate for employee development and financial security, sold its stake in the technology innovation company to NewSpring Holdings. HCAP took a stake in VMS in 2011 to develop its Retirement Revolution platform, which simplies 401(k)s, cuts transactions costs for retirees, and helps small businesses. Last week HCAP announced

Micro-Franchises Offer Global Entrepreneurs a Proven Business-in-a-Box

Developing-world entrepreneurs are creating their own jobs without having to start their own companies. Instead, they are adopting proven models in education, health care and renewable energy and building badly needed distribution channels as franchisees. Micro-franchising is emerging as a resilient and more reality-based alternative to standalone startups as a way to create jobs and

Pakistani emigrants back entrepreneurs back home

Pakistani emigrants back entrepreneurs back home As one of the “best hidden” frontier markets, Pakistan’s homegrown startups are starved for capital. Sarmayacar, based in London, is tapping Pakistani expatriates in Singapore, New York and other finance capitals as well. The investor network’s seed fund syndicate has raised more than $3 million and made its first deal, a