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ClearlySo raises financing for Thrive in UK and Crehana in Peru

ClearlySo, an impact investment bank, helped Thrive beat its fundraising target of £500,000 ($630,000) to develop software to help individuals manage mental health conditions. ClearlySo said it also helped Crehana, based in Lima, raise a seed round of $750,000 to build out its online platform for designers, photographers and video-producers in Spanish-speaking markets. Photo: GARY

Companies close in on zero waste to landfills

Climate Finance Subaru’s U.S. manufacturing plant and two plants in Japan reuse nearly everything; they haven’t sent waste to local landfills in 20 years. All but three percent of components in Subaru cars can be recycled and reused. Is it a coincidence that Subaru has among the best profit margins the industry? Sierra Nevada diverts

Clean cookstoves on the hot seat: Lessons from social impact hits and misses

“Clean cookstoves fail to save African kids,” read last week’s headline in The Hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers. A few days later, Fortune magazine reported, “Mobile Banking Lifting Hundreds of Thousands from Poverty.” The divergent headlines, and the studies behind them, mask more complex realities. Not all cookstove projects are failures, and not all

Q&A with Omidyar Network’s Roopa Kudva

The penetration of smartphones and India’s new national digital identity program (Aadhaar) are creating unprecedented opportunities for the country’s growing number of entrepreneurs, and hence for investors seeking impact as well, Kudva says. Aadhaar, a 12-digital ID number lined to fingerprints, iris scans and photos, is spurring an explosion of financial and other services. Omidyar

Financial Gap or Opportunity of a Lifetime?

One year after the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development goals, it’s time for global investors and asset managers with $70 trillion under management to “commit capital to impact investing efforts aimed at meeting the SDGs.” So says Amit Bouri, head of the Global Impact Investing Network, a consortium of asset owners and managers that are

This Group Wants to Make Impact Investing the New Normal for Wealthy Families + Podcast

Photo by Benji Aird. At gatherings in Davos and a series of World Economic Forum reports, Abigail Noble has tried to nudge the world’s largest asset managers toward impact investing. Her new goal, as the first chief executive of The ImPact: to tap more of the $30 trillion in private wealth held by the world’s

New Templates Make Impact a Standard Part of Investment Deals

Help is here for investors and entrepreneurs who want to add “impact” to the investment deals they are negotiating. Impact investing is increasingly popular and assets under management are growing. Doing impact investment deals, however, is still a hand-tooled process and often complicated (and expensive). Two new projects aim to equip impact investment dealmakers with