Backstage accelerator backs 25 underestimated founders in Detroit, Philadelphia, L.A. and London

  • The venture capital firm for founders who identify as a woman, person of color, and/or LGBTQ will invest $100,000, and provide mentorship, investor intros and financial guidance each of the Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and London-based companies, in exchange for a 5% stake.

Philadelphia’s impact investors step up to finance local job-creation and a storefront revival

  • In advance of the Total Impact conference in May, ImpactAlpha is again exploring Philadelphia’s push to leverage the region’s assets to build a civic and business infrastructure that can boost livelihoods, revive neighborhoods and reverse inequality.

Blueprint Local: Texas fund is a blueprint for investors betting on their hometowns – and the businesses bringing them back

  • The idea is simple but execution has been hard: helping local investors invest in local entrepreneurs to revive local communities, all across the U.S. Ross Baird, the founder of Village Capital, has formed Blueprint Local to assemble the pieces for such local entrepreneurial revivals.