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Chelsea Clinton’s VC fund backs edtech startup Fiveable

ImpactAlpha, October 19 – Back in July, Axios reported that Clinton was “kicking around the idea” for a venture fund to invest in two sectors most impacted by the global pandemic: health and education. Her firm, Metrodora Ventures, made its first investment in online learning startup Fiveable, which is working to “democratize” access to advanced

Investors see a ‘blue wave’ of growth opportunities in sustainability and inclusion

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 15 – “Pro-business” really does have a new meaning. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. investors were said to be fretting about higher taxes in a potential Biden administration. Judging from a growing batch of briefings, they’re now anticipating not only stability and stimulus, but sustainable growth (see, “Pro-business has a new meaning now”).

Greenwood raises $3 million for a digital bank for Black and Latinx customers

The “neobank” founded by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, rapper and activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render, and Bounce TV’s Ryan Glover provides online banking services for individuals and businesses and ways to give back to Black and Latinx causes.

Creative economy fund for underserved communities launches with an investment in Techstars

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 8 – Concord, a music and theatrical publishing and management firm, has created a $10 million impact investment initiative to support music and theater enterprises in underserved communities. Its first move: a partnership with Techstars Music. Concord is committing to a $30,000 seed investment for each of the companies selected for Techstars’ 2021

Malomo raises $2.7 million to help small businesses expand online marketing

ImpactAlpha, October 6 – Indianapolis-based Malomo helps businesses engage customers as they track orders through the Shopify e-commerce platform. The intent is to help small businesses boost their online marketing and brand visibility.  Harlem Capital, San Francisco-based Base 10, Hyde Park and High Alpha backed the Black-led startup’s funding round.  Malomo means “flowers” in Swahili.