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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

Brandon Dennison: Transforming coal country, one social enterprise at a time

New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Brandon Dennison, co-founder and executive director, Coalfield Development Corporation.Place: Wayne, West Virginia.Mission: Coalfield Corp. is building sustainable enterprises for Appalachia’s post-coal economy and preparing workers with steady work, education and mentorship.Follow: Coalfield Development

Abraaj fund flap, Jibu’s water franchises, better small-biz lending, baby steps toward parental…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha original What we know about Abraaj’s $1 billion health fund and its dispute with the Gates Foundation and other investors. If Davos was the party, then the simmering dispute between the private equity investor Abraaj Group and some of its limited partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is

What we know about Abraaj’s $1B health fund — and the mystery of the firm’s finances

  • Arif Naqvi... is suddenly playing defense while building 21st-century health networks for megacities of the global South.
  • ImpactAlpha is continuing to track... the fallout from the dispute over the Abraaj Group’s finances. Among the developments since this story on the health fund and the original dispute...