Alternative credit scoring, direct investing in Philly, reducing investor bias

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Forget FICO: How alternative credit-scoring is driving financial inclusion around the world. Fintech startups are crunching call-logs, app installs and even punctuation to help more individuals and businesses get loans. The World Bank estimates that two billion adults do not have a bank account, let alone a FICO or

Forget FICO: How alternative credit-scoring is driving financial inclusion

By Rob Goodier with reporting from Jessica Pothering Brenda used to sell curtains door to door in Nairobi, Kenya, but she dreamed of opening her own storefront. She had a college education, but no credit history and little chance of winning approval for a bank loan to start her business. What she did have was

Daryn Dodson: Tackling investors’ racial and gender biases to unlock hidden value

  • New Revivalist: Daryn Dodson, managing director of Illumen Capital
  • Place: Washington DC
  • Mission: Daryn Dodson and Illumen Capital are on a mission to reduce implicit investor biases by training fund managers to overcome implicit biases and find hidden value.

Navajo entrepreneurship, Ontario startups, new ImpactAssets 50, restoration investment landscape

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: New Revivalists Heather Fleming: Bringing global social innovation home to the Navajo Nation. Economic development on tribal lands has long meant mostly casinos and coals mines. Heather Fleming, founder of Change Labs, want to change that to social entrepreneurship and the digital economy. A native of Tuba City, population 8,611 and

Heather Fleming: Bringing global social innovation home to the Navajo Nation

New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Heather Fleming, CEO of Catapult DesignPlace: The Navajo Nation, U.S. SouthwestMission: Change Labs, led by Catapult, is accelerating entrepreneurship as a path to economic development and poverty alleviation on the Navajo NationFollow: @heatherfleming

The Brief’s Big Nine: Lessons from New Revivalists, Abraaj’s Naqvi steps back, financial…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Lessons in how building companies can create pathways to prosperity.When you meet and talk with dozens of leaders working to revive entrepreneurship in cities and towns across the U.S., you’ll find some common threads. Over the last few weeks, ImpactAlpha has featured a series of profiles of these “New Revivalists,” in collaboration

New Revivalists are using these six strategies to revive entrepreneurship and the American Dream

With David Bank When you meet and and talk with dozens of leaders working to revive entrepreneurship in cities and towns across the U.S., you’ll find some common threads. Over the last few weeks, ImpactAlpha has featured a series of profiles of these “New Revivalists,” in collaboration with the venture capital firm Village Capital. Among the takeaways: