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Palatine Private Equity closes $92.5 million for impact fund

Palatine Private Equity, based in Manchester, U.K., reached a £75 million ($92.5 million) first close of a £100 million fund. The firm is reportedly looking for impact investments of £10 million or less for the fund. It did not release details on the target impact metrics for the new fund. Palatine publishes a set of

New housing impact investment funds from Bridges, Canyon

Private equity funds moved aggressively into housing in the aftermath of the mortgage crisis. Now, some investors are seeking to make sure their impact is positive. UK-based Bridges Ventures is expanding its urban revitalization and social impact strategy to the US with a $25 million “UrbanView” fund; it has already acquired a mixed-income residential building

Aavishkar to launch $150 million Africa fund

The India-based impact investor will focus on low-income customers for products and services in agriculture, finance, education, energy and healthcare. Aavishkar will make investments of $500,000 to $5 million in major East and West African markets. Fundraising will begin mid-2017. Photo Credit: Engineers Without Borders Canada

Can robo-advisors identify social and environmental investments?

Automated financial tools can help everyday earners to manage their savings and retirement funds on the cheap. A new wave of bots are now screening for positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as well. Falcons Rock Investment Counsel’s new Prophecy Impact Investments “combines socially responsible investing and online automation.” Others with ESG apps: San

Impact investing is going mainstream, really

Impact investing is going mainstream. So says The Economist. As evidence, the publication cites big-name investment firms that have launched “impact” divisions (BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, TPG) or appeared at impact events (TIAA, PGGM, AXA). Not coincidentally, the magazine is sponsoring its own impact investing event next month. Still, impact investing represents only about

Ellen Pao to lead tech diversity effort at Kapor

Fresh from her lawsuit against her old firm, Kleiner Perkins, Pao will take a more forward-looking position with Kapor Capital’s Center for Social Impact. The venture capitalist will lead an effort to drive more women and minorities into tech, and into VC, where women make up 45 percent of the sector but only 11 percent

German social impact investor backs Ghanaian small business lender with $2 million

The loan is part of Invest in Visions’ microfinance group’s $5 million commitment to Ghana’s Beige Capital Savings and Loans, which offers banking, pension, insurance and investment services to small and mid-size businesses. Photo credit: Beige Capital