SustainVC: Ten lessons from ten years of early-stage impact investing

Ten years ago, my partners and I at SustainVC decided to act on a provocative, nascent investment thesis: Invest in early-stage companies solving big problems, overlooked by traditional Silicon Valley investors…and create not only positive impact but also positive returns. We’ve raised and invested $12 million in solutions to climate and sustainability, equality and empowerment, and

Five cleantech sectors that Bill Gates (and other Breakthrough investors) have their eye on

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion cleantech fund backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Vinod Khosla, Jack Ma and other big name investors, has identified five promising and underfunded priority areasfor investment. Blogging from Paris at the One Planet Summit, Gates writes the fund has brought on investors, company builders, scientists, and technologists. Breakthrough will

Beyond Meat takes a hearty helping of growth capital

Investors have a growing appetite for “alternative proteins” as a healthier, more environmentally sustainable food source. The California-based Beyond Meat, known for its plant burgers, raised $55 million from former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson’s Cleveland Avenue, a food-and-beverage venture firm, with backing from poultry giant Tyson Foods’ venture fund. The funding comes after Beyond Meat’s deal to

TPG’s Rise Fund invests $20 million in Latin American education venture

Buenos Aires-based Digital House runs schools that teach digital skills like web development and data science and analytics to about 2,500 Latin American students. TPG Rise Fund hits $2 billion target Preparing primary-school students for the jobs of the future, particularly in science and technology, is one of the Rise Fund’s main investment themes. Omidyar

Scottish Communities Finance to launch social-enterprise loan fund

Community bonds can support local job creation, community regeneration and improve local services. Edinburgh-based Scottish Communities Finance wants average investors to participate. The organization is partnering with Scotland’s Social Enterprise Networks to develop a fund to issue community bonds that individuals can buy for as little as £50 ($67). Proceeds will finance loans for local

Introducing 2030 Finance, Aspiration’s $47 million raise, five Breakthrough energy innovations

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #ImpactAlpha Focus: 2030 Finance Introducing 2030 Finance, where ImpactAlpha tracks the global shift of capital. Looking back from 2030, it may be clear that a titanic shift already was underway by 2017. One by one, in clusters, and finally en masse, pension and sovereign-wealth funds, insurance companies and big banks, wealthy families and

Introducing 2030 Finance: Investors, meet the global goals

Looking back from 2030, it may be clear that a titanic shift already was underway by 2017. One by one, in clusters, and finally en masse, pension and sovereign-wealth funds, insurance companies and big banks, wealthy families and even retail investors tilted their $300 trillion in private assets toward a better future. The rotation of global