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Impact investors rally £1.9 million for London cinema

Inclusive Economy “We see a real positive role that financially self-sustaining socially-minded arts organisations can play,” says Big Issue Invest’s James Salmon PC: hackneyartscentre Big Issue Invest, The Arts Impact Fund and Triodos Bank are allocating two-thirds of the funds needed to convert an old cinema in East London into a community theater and music venue. The

Quad Learning raises $4.8 million to help students get four-year degrees

The Washington, D.C.-based education venture helps two-year degree students transfer into four-year programs through its American Honors network of community colleges. Quad Learning’s Phil Bronner started the company in 2012 so students could pursue four-year degrees more affordably by starting in lower-cost community colleges. It has four community college partners in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York

New Zealand’s first domestic impact fund reaches first close

Inclusive Economy The Impact Enterprise Fund claims to be the first domestically-focused impact fund in New Zealand PC: New Ground Capital The Impact Enterprise Fund, a partnership between Ākina Foundation, New Ground Capital and Impact Ventures, has raised NZ$8 million ($5.8 million) to invest in local startups tackling issues in sustainable food production, agriculture, healthcare, clean energy,

Rural revival, financial products for underserved populations and low-carbon solutions…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Rural Arkansas powers an entrepreneurial revival on camelina and biofuels. De Witt, Arkansas, population 3,292, is similar to, and different from, many towns in southeast Arkansas, and across this country. Like many other places, it declined with the closure of local factories. Unlike many others, it is reviving itself with

Bryce Butler: Quarterbacking capital into Louisville’s neighborhood economies

New Revivalists is a series from ImpactAlpha and Village Capital profiling the people, places and policies reviving entrepreneurship — and the American Dream. New Revivalist: Bryce ButlerPlace: Louisville, KentuckyMission: Access Ventures is trying to build a more inclusive Louisville economy by helping the region’s small-business entrepreneurs get the right type of capital at the right time.Follow: @brycebutler Bryce

The Brief’s Big Nine: Data-driven, unlocking value, low-carbon banking, economic imperatives

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! Many investors claim to be data-driven. Except when it comes to impact. Neither limited partners nor anybody else would let fund managers get away with saying they don’t measure the financial performance of their portfolio companies. So why do LPs give venture capitalists a pass on measuring social impact? “We have to

True Wealth Ventures closes women-focused fund

The Austin-based investment firm raised $19.1 million, which it will use to back women-led health tech ventures and sustainable consumer brands. The founders cite high performance of women-run startups, lack of VC funding for women entrepreneurs and women’s overwhelming influence in consumer purchasing and healthcare decision making as reasons for launching the fund. (We know of