Comparing online impact advisors, maternal health impact bond, West Africa’s startup landscape…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Eleven online platforms that let you — yes, you — make socially responsible investments right now. ImpactAlpha spills a lot of digital ink on private-market impact investing. Most of that is inaccessible to “unaccredited” investors who don’t already have considerable assets. Now, a growing number of public-market offerings are allowing smaller, retail investors to

Unilever and Sundial launch $100 million startup fund for women of color

The companies are creating the New Voices Fund as part of Unilever’s agreement to acquire New York-based Sundial Brands, which makes hair and skincare products for people of color. The fund, which aims to channel more capital into businesses founded and run by women of color, starts with $50 million in seed capital and plans to

Notes from the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Gitanjali Swamy, a longtime investor and technology professional, filed this dispatch from Hyderabad, India. Day 1 GES started in a very Indian way, with chaos, color, emotion and diversity. The spirit of global collaboration was infectious and the entrepreneurial delegation was exuberant. Rapidly formed messaging groups and new friendships buzzed throughout the day. The winning speech

Philanthropy’s saving graces, Nobel sustainability fund, talent-tech merger, day two at GES, future…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Three saving graces that can help foundations dodge three deadly perils. Clara Miller, the outgoing president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, lobbed a challenge at her foundation peers from the stage at last month’s SOCAP conference in San Francisco. “We can be comfortable but increasingly irrelevant,” Miller said. “Or we

Bamboo Capital invests in credit-analytics venture First Access

A major barrier to improving financial inclusion globally is how to assess credit risk for unbanked and underbanked adults. First Access, a New York-based company, has developed a credit-scoring system based on an individual’s digital and data footprint, including mobile phone records, and social and demographic data. Emerging-market microlenders and other financial institutions can use

Follow the (female) talent in India, $100M fund for women founders of color, notes from the global…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: ImpactAlpha Original Meet one of the first women factory managers in India’s premier tea region. At Jungpana, a remote tea estate in Darjeeling, India’s famous tea growing region, two dozen women gingerly move through the fields and quickly pluck the “two leaves and a bud” that make up the harvested tea

Aavishkaar closes $95 million for India’s largest impact fund

Growth Markets Aavishkaar’s five previous funds have cultivated early-stage social startups in India PC: Aavishkaar Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group reached the first close in its planned $200 million Bharat Fund, Livemint reports. Bharat Fund could double Aavishkaar’s fundraising to date. Aavishkaar’s five previous funds have cultivated early-stage social startups in India; half of the Bharat Fund will back later-stage