- Portland, Ore.-based startup Mirador has developed a loan approval platform to help banks speed up the lending process for small businesses
- Minority-run startups represent a notoriously small percentage of venture capital recipients, though there are signs of positive change. Harlem Capital is among a small but growing number of venture capital funds at the forefront of that shift.
- Mayvenn's success highlights both the financial and impact potential of businesses driving efficiency and transparency in what Impact America's Kesha Cash calls “billion-dollar pain points” in overlooked and marginalized communities.
- Sure, automation and the gig economy can undermine quality jobs with good wages, reliable benefits, advance opportunities and paths to ownership. Likely more culpable: Short-term investment strategies that pressure companies into squeezing workers and disgorging cash.
- The 70 million forcibly displaced people around the world represent a growing global challenge. But behind the images of border conflicts and crowded camps, a new narrative is emerging: Refugees as resilient, employable, credit-worthy and, increasingly, investable.
- Living Cities’ Ellen Ward and Brinda Ganguly chart how Living Cities’ $37 million Blended Catalyst Fund is investing in racial justice. Ward and Ganguly share seven questions they now ask of every transaction.
New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Jessica Norwood, The Runway Project Place: Oakland, Calif. Mission: To help close the racial wealth gap with friends-and-family pre-seed capital for black entrepreneurs. Follow: www.therunwayproject.org Jessica Norwood didn’t set out to create