Watch Out, Wall Street: MBAs Design Sustainable Investment Funds

The winning team in a business-school sustainable finance competition summoned a vision of groves of poplar trees on polluted industrial sites, delivering competitive returns to private investors while cleaning up toxics and boosting real estate values. Fresh Coast Capital, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will receive $10,000 as the winner of the Morgan

Mainstreaming Impact Investment Products and Services

Impact investing will struggle to gain scale and relevance without both the participation of mainstream capital markets and investment professionals and the expansion into more traditional and non-private financial products. A key step is to increase awareness by educating financial advisors and capital markets intermediaries about the opportunities for their clients in the impact investing

Mainstreaming Impact Investment Products and Services

Impact investing will struggle to gain scale and relevance without both the participation of mainstream capital markets and investment professionals and the expansion into more traditional and non-private financial products. A key step is to increase awareness by educating financial advisors and capital markets intermediaries about the opportunities for their clients in the impact investing

Direct Public Offering Finances Food Security, Jobs in Oakland

The Bay Area has a remarkable example of how a new economic development strategy could work. People’s Community Market, the first full service grocery store in West Oakland in almost a decade, will be built in 2014 after the completion of the capital raising campaign currently under way. PCM is raising $1.2 million of equity

‘Lean’ Startups Set Sights on Climate Change, Hunger, Empowerment

From Zipcar’s model of sharing transportation capacity to mobile apps coded by pre-teen and teen girls to help the homeless find food, “lean startups” are trying  to tackle the world’s biggest problems. “Lean experimentation” emphasizes the need to pivot quickly without attachment to previous iterations. Presenters at this month’s Lean Startup conference demonstrated how lean

Applying a New Lens To Measure Social Return

We’ve been measuring and valuing negative externalities for a long time, with governments using taxes to realign incentives and costs. Now it’s time to measure and value positive externalities as well. Charging for negative externalities is sometimes referred to as a “Pigouvian tax.” This tax is placed on the profit-making entities for ‘disrupting’ social values

Impact Investing 3.0: Climbing the Slope of Enlightenment

Emerging technologies follow a path to market adoption so well worn that it is known simply as “the hype cycle.” A hot new product category reaches the “peak of inflated expectations” only to inevitably crash in the “trough of disillusionment.” After a reset, the survivors climb the “slope of enlightenment” to the “plateau of productivity.”