‘Virginia is for Entrepreneurs’ aims to streamline funding for local startups

Virginia entrepreneurs have a new, one-stop-shop to access capital needed to start and grow their businesses. Virginia is for Entrepreneurs, announced today by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Mark Warner, is a statewide, private-sector led initiative to connect Virginia startup founders with investors seeking local investment opportunities. Rather than find and pitch potential investors

Climate action in Paris, affordable housing in Colorado, entrepreneurial ecosystem in Virginia

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original One Planet: Macron mobilizes capital for climate action, with a French accent. President Emmanuel Macron of France is moving to fill the vacuum in climate action leadership left by President Trump — and to position France at the center of a global capital shift. Macron’s “One Planet” summit Tuesday will mark

One Planet: Macron mobilizes capital for climate action, with a French accent

By Eric J. Lyman PARIS, France — President Emmanuel Macron of France is moving to fill the vacuum in climate action leadership left by President Trump––and to position France at the center of a global capital shift. Macron’s “One Planet” summit on Tuesday will mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which went into effect last year

Own Your Impact edition: Steve Case’s impact argument, gender lens culture shift, beyond…

Good Friday evening, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief’s Big Eight: Own Your Impact Edition 1. SteveCase walks back his comments to The New York Times — onImpactAlpha. “I wanted to set the record straight: I absolutely believe that impact investing can produce the same sort of market returns that other types of investing can achieve,” Case writes in

John Legend helps launch startups for and by former inmates

Unlocked Futures, a 16-month accelerator started by singer John Legend and the philanthropic fund New Profit, supports entrepreneurs who are former inmates or are helping others transition back into society. “Entrepreneurship is important because we may not get jobs. We’re hiring ourselves. It’s out of necessity,” says entrepreneur Teresa Hodge, part of Unlocked Futures’ inaugural class.

Jewish-lens investors ask, “Why impact?”

As interest in impact investing grows, faith-based communities are recognizing its power to advance their values. JLens Investor Network hosted its first summit at Fordham University in New York this week, bringing together rabbis, investors, philanthropists and other institutional leaders. “It’s not new,” said Rebecca Trobe, an impact-investing consultant. “It’s a reorientation to something old and

How Rise of the Rest will have impact — and why it’s not an impact fund

In my book, “The Third Wave,” I discuss the rise of impact investing. It “provides the best of both worlds,” I wrote. “You can generate a financial return while enabling a societal benefit — driving both profit and purpose.” Advocating for impact investing is a core part of the Case Foundation’s mission, an organization I chair. Indeed,