Mark Cuban backs student debt startup ChangEd

Impact Tech The startup’s app links student loan accounts with credit and debit cards PC: Chicago Tribune The billionaire has spoken out repeatedly about the threat posed by the $1.4 trillion in outstanding student debt in the US and has challenged President Trump to act. Cuban is backing ChangEd with $250,000. The startup has developed an app that

Notley and Capital Factory partner on Austin social coworking space

Nonprofit impact investor Notley Ventures and Austin startup accelerator Capital Factory are launching a 10,000 square foot coworking space for social startups. The Center for Social Innovation (not related to the New York and Toronto string of offices) aims to fill a gap for social entrepreneurs by bringing together networks, events, educational institutions and entrepreneurial

Resonance gets £60 million infusion to house London’s homeless

The impact investing firm raised the capital for a nine-year fund that will acquire over 300 private apartments and rent them at affordable rates to London’s homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. The Real Lettings Property Fund 2 raised the $83.7 million from London’s City Hall and Croydon, Lambeth and Westminster districts. Resonance’s

Infarm secures $25 million for modular indoor farming

The Berlin-based company makes small indoor vertical farms for herbs and vegetables that it sells directly to grocery stores, allowing shoppers to pick their own produce in the store. Infarm’s team wants to see its technology eliminate waste in the produce supply chain, TechCrunch reports. Demand for locally-grown food is on the rise, both to bolster

Transforming coal country, Sino-Latin America investing, emerging market for fintech, view from…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The New Revivalists Transforming coal country, one social enterprise at a time. Green-collar construction, agriculture, solar, arts and environmental rehabilitation. This isn’t Berkeley. It’s West Virginia — Brandon Dennison’s West Virginia. Dennison was born and raised in West Virginia’s coal country. He’s seen what happens to communities that depend on a single sector

View from Seattle: Nine ways to create a bigger tent for impact investing in 2018

Impact Voices SOCAP365 hits the road to dig up local insights from long-time impact investors Michael Brown of Seattle Foundation and Lindsay Smalling of SOCAP Group discuss the power of philanthropy. Impact Voices is an occasional series sharing the opinions of impact investing practitioners and leaders with ImpactAlpha readers. The views expressed in Impact Voices

The emerging US market for inclusive fintech

Impact Voices is an occasional series sharing the opinions of impact investing practitioners and leaders with ImpactAlpha readers. The views expressed in Impact Voices are the writers’ own, not ImpactAlpha’s. Around the world, countries are thinking about how to extend financial services to their citizens who still can’t access bank accounts, payment services, credit, or