Talkin’ about regeneration

Sustainable practices can prevent the destruction of ecosystems. Regenerative approaches can restore land — and communities — that are already degraded. Take a look at Ejido Verde, an initiative in the Mexican state of Michoacán. An ejido is a piece of communally farmed land, and the green enterprise is turning once-degraded lands into pine forests. With 3,000 of a

Democratizing impact investing, gender-equity ETF, regenerative economy, digital solutions for…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Voices Democratizing — and localizing — impact investing in 2018. Invest in what you know, right? For smaller investors who know their own communities best, it’s been hard to follow Warren Buffett’s famous advice. Now, a range of new approaches and products is allowing individuals to invest directly in their peers and communities. Democratizing

Democratizing — and localizing — impact investing in 2018

Invest in what you know, right? For smaller investors who know their own communities best, it’s been hard to follow Warren Buffett’s famous advice. Now, a range of new approaches and products is allowing individual investors to invest directly in their peers and communities. Democratizing the ranks of those who allocate capital is also democratizing access

Bond investors are getting smarter about flood risks

In November, credit rating agency Moody’s warned cities and states that failing to address climate risks could hurt their bond ratings, potentially affecting the flow of trillions of dollars to coastal municipalities. “What we want people to realize is: “If you’re exposed, we know that,” Lenny Jones, a managing director at Moody’s, told Bloomberg. “We’re

Acumen America places first financial-inclusion investment in EarnUp

San Francisco-based EarnUp provides loan consolidation and repayment support to help Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck manage their debt. It says it has handled $1 billion in loans since its 2015 launch. Acumen America’s investment into the fintech firm is part of a new, $5 million financial-inclusion initiative backed by MetLife Foundation. Global impact investor Acumen launched the

Halogen Ventures raises $10 million for women entrepreneurs

Halogen founder Jesse Draper, creator of the “The Valley Girl Show,” has closed a $10 million fund to get more seed capital to women-led startups, including Eloquii, a plus-size clothing company, and Werk, a job site for flexible work. Most of the fund’s investors are women, including Cindy Whitehead, who created the “pink pill” sex drug

Indian startups get seed funding from Startup Oasis

The Jaipur, India-based startup fund is investing 26 million rupees ($408,000) in four ventures: Contree, a network for volunteer activities based in Jaipur; Urdhvam, a water management consultancy based in Pune; Medcords, a Kota company that digitizes health records; and Free Spirits Green Labs, a Delhi-based venture that sells solar products. The investments were made