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NewsGuard launches with $6 million in backing to fight fake news

Steven Brill, founder of The American Lawyer and Court TV, and Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher, are launching a platform to review and rate 7,500 websites featuring news and articles in the US. “We will tell readers the Denver Post is a real newspaper and that the Denver Guardian exists only as a purveyor

Global Canopy launches tool for corporate supply chain risk

You’ve heard of the Task Force for Climate-Related Disclosures, the climate-risk accounting bible developed by a commission led by Michael Bloomberg and the Bank of England’s Mark Carney (if not, see this and this and this). Now comes the Soft Commodity Risk Platform, or SCRIPT, from Global Canopy, WWF and Ceres. Soft commodities typically refer to agricultural

Backstage Capital backs Solstice and Pilotly

Backstage Capital, which focuses on supporting women and entrepreneurs of color, invested undisclosed amounts in clean-energy provider Solstice and Pilotly, a digital research provider for media companies. Solstice, led by Ugwem Eneyo and Cole Stites-Clayton, makes a smart meter that helps households and businesses in Nigeria monitor energy consumption and switch between the electric grid

Mobilizing billions, then trillions, for climate solutions and energy access

New commitments from the Green Climate Fund pushed the total capital mobilized by the Climate Finance Lab above the $1 billion mark. Among the funded projects was the expansion of Energy Savings Insurance to Paraguay and Argentina. The insurance scheme, incubated by the Climate Finance Lab in 2015, insures the financial performance of energy-efficiency projects in

Gender podcast, New Revivalists’ badass women, OPIC and Gates invest in women, International…

Happy International Women’s Day, ImpactAlpha readers! Welcome to a special edition of The Brief. #Featured: Women rising double feature Gender equity is not only the smart thing, it’s the right thing, to invest in. There are all kinds of ways in which applying a gender lens provides an investment advantage. But what happens if those investment advantages

Women’s Day roundup: Narrowing gaps, long-term leadership and gender lenses

Markets are under-weighted women. And that’s a big problem for the global economy. From fund management teams and board teams to venture capital disbursements and startup founders, the global economy is over-weighted men. We’re leaving talent, profits, economic opportunity, and yes…impact, on the table. We’re heightening levels of risk. The benefits of women’s leadership, and their very

South by Social, vegan dairy, incubating fintech, billion-dollar energy initiatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Feature: Impact Voices South by Social: Amy Bell’s guided tour of Austin’s impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. This week people from all over the country don their best hipster duds, dust off their cowboy boots and descend on Austin, Texas, for SXSW (pro tip: just call it “South by”). The smorgasbord of panels, films, events