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South by Social, vegan dairy, incubating fintech, billion-dollar energy initiatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: Impact Voices South by Social: Amy Bell’s guided tour of Austin’s impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. This week people from all over the country don their best hipster duds, dust off their cowboy boots and descend on Austin, Texas, for SXSW (pro tip: just call it “South by”). The smorgasbord of panels, films, events

South by Social: Austin is the capital of impact entrepreneurship, too

This time of year, people from all over the country don their best hipster duds, dust off their cowboy boots and descend on Austin, Texas, for SXSW (pro tip: just call it “South by”). The smorgasbord of panels, films, events and concerts every spring has elevated Austin’s national reputation as a hub for technology, breakfast tacos,

Entrepreneurs from eight countries join Endeavor

Endeavor connects high-growth companies with the potential to employ thousands of people to a global network of mentors, resources and customers. At its Dubai event, the network selected entrepreneurs from more than a dozen firms in Argentina, Ecuador, Indonesia, Jordan, Spain, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to join its network. AWOK, in Dubai,

‘Labor-lens investors’ are disrupting exploitative supply chains

Working to end forced labor and poor conditions in global supply chains in not new. What’s new are the growing number of “labor-lens” investors betting on strategies for ending exploitative working practices. Disrupting the $51 billion in profits reaped from goods made with forced labor, including about 25 million people in modern slavery conditions and

Cephus raises $51 million for high-growth Ethiopian businesses

The new private-equity fund will back small and growing Ethiopian businesses with a focus on manufacturing, agro-processing and services. Growth-stage companies have the potential to create millions of jobs in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-largest country by population, according to the World Bank. The Cephus fund is not impact-focused, but it aims to address the funding gap for

Aye Finance raises $3.8 million to ramp up lending to underbanked businesses in India

Inclusive Economy Aye Finance operates 72 lending branches in 10 Indian states The team at AYE Capital | PC: YourStory The company, based in Gurugram, India, uses alternative metrics, including non-financial ones, to assess creditworthiness for businesses that are overlooked or rejected by mainstream lenders. Aye Finance operates 72 lending branches in 10 Indian states and

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