Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments

  • Investing in economic security... Living Cities has deployed $57 million into 33 transactions from two structured debt funds to drive outcomes for low-income people in America.
  • In a new series with ImpactAlpha... Living Cities will explore how foundations and financial institutions can deploy capital to better create jobs, income and wealth in America’s cities.
  • First up... the biggest lessons from Living Cities’ 10 years of impact investing.

Investors back health-tech startups to manage diabetes around the world

  • Dollars for diabetes... Other diabetes-related deals and initiatives include Solera Health in the U.S.; Wellthy Therapeutics, Diabetes Specialities Centre, HealthMir and Sepalika in India;. AllLife in South Africa and the U.K.
  • Lifestyle diseases… Bhutan has taken the lead in fighting chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Virginia’s new seed fund targets underrepresented entrepreneurs

  • Spurring tech entrepreneurship... Virginia Founders Fund, a partnership between the commonwealth and the nonprofit Center for Innovative Technology, is to spurs entrepreneurship in software, hardware and life sciences.
  • The fund’s first two investments… are in EdConnective, a training and coaching startup for teachers, and Status Identity, an enterprise security service.

Eight organizations share £2.1 million to train the UK workforce

  • Winners included... Open University for its online network engineering program and Bridgwater & Taunton College for its real and virtual reality “workplace simulations” for nuclear power station workers.
  • Other recipients included... non-profit National Numeracy, which helps adults build everyday math skills and consultancy Sara Dunn Associates for a care worker “micro-learning” initiative.

Philadelphia’s poised for another championship: Civic revival and inclusive prosperity