New Zealand’s first domestic impact fund reaches first close

Inclusive Economy The Impact Enterprise Fund claims to be the first domestically-focused impact fund in New Zealand PC: New Ground Capital The Impact Enterprise Fund, a partnership between Ākina Foundation, New Ground Capital and Impact Ventures, has raised NZ$8 million ($5.8 million) to invest in local startups tackling issues in sustainable food production, agriculture, healthcare, clean energy,

Rural revival, financial products for underserved populations and low-carbon solutions…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Rural Arkansas powers an entrepreneurial revival on camelina and biofuels. De Witt, Arkansas, population 3,292, is similar to, and different from, many towns in southeast Arkansas, and across this country. Like many other places, it declined with the closure of local factories. Unlike many others, it is reviving itself with

Rural Arkansas powers an entrepreneurial revival on camelina and biofuels

Impact Voices is an occasional series sharing the opinions of impact investing practitioners and leaders with ImpactAlpha readers. The views expressed in Impact Voices are the writers’ own, not ImpactAlpha’s. By Amy Hartzler, BALLE “Y’all lost?” The first words to welcome us to De Witt said so much, offered by an older gentleman as our

Bryce Butler: Quarterbacking capital into Louisville’s neighborhood economies

New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Bryce ButlerPlace: Louisville, KentuckyMission: Access Ventures is trying to build a more inclusive Louisville economy by helping the region’s small-business entrepreneurs get the right type of capital at the right time.Follow: @brycebutler Bryce

The Brief’s Big Nine: Data-driven, unlocking value, low-carbon banking, economic imperatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Many investors claim to be data-driven. Except when it comes to impact. Neither limited partners nor anybody else would let fund managers get away with saying they don’t measure the financial performance of their portfolio companies. So why do LPs give venture capitalists a pass on measuring social impact? “We have to

Rise of the Rest adds first nine portfolio companies — and more big name investors

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest fund now counts Michael Bloomberg, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and former White House chief technology officer Megan Smith among its roster of investors. The $150 million fund’s first nine investments include startups in Indianapolis, Columbus and Pikeville, Kentucky, among other places. The fund isn’t a lead investor in any

Overheard at The Economist’s New York impact investing event

Headliners at the magazine’s second annual gathering seemed to find their voice in rebutting stubborn assumptions. ‘Can investors revive the American Dream?’ and other weighty questions of the day Pigeonly founder Frederick Hutson was asked why his startup helping families communicate with inmates was an “impact” company and not just good capitalism. “I don’t look