Essence Ventures’ first investment is in Mayvenn’s hair-products platform

  • 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. 

How investors can drive the shift from shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism

  • 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.

A growing community of investors steers capital to solutions that benefit refugees

  • 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.

Asking the right questions to guide investments in closing racial wealth gaps

  • 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.

Jessica Norwood: ‘Believe in you’ money for black entrepreneurs

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