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New wave of African startups at U.S. accelerators

Women Rising The PeaceTech Accelerator based at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. has selected NicheStream, a Cape Town, South Africa music-streaming service that recently launched a dedicated channel for Afrikaans music. “We believe that music, the communities it fosters and the divides that it can bridge can help to bring about

Chinese-backed developer invests in Australian startup to improve student work experience

Women Rising Getting that first job can be tough. Aqualand Capital backed 1Scope, an education startup in Australia to improve the school-to-work pipeline. The A$1 million (US$760,000) investment will help 1Scope launch in August to help students search, apply and evaluate work opportunities and help organizations manage their work experience programs. “Today’s students are clever and

Hong Kong’s RS Group charts a path to a 100% impact portfolio

Women Rising Annie Chen founded RS Group in 2008 as a family office for her personal wealth. A deep dive from Asian Venture Philanthropy Network shows how RS moved its full portfolio into sustainable, mission-aligned investments. The first step, over 18 months starting in 2010, was to transfer 50 percent of assets into sustainable and

Women are the new face of investing and wealth

Women Rising Women are the new face of investing and wealth. That’s the theme of this month’s Green Money Journal from Cliff Feigenbaum. Jennifer Pryce, CEO of the Calvert Foundation, reflects on how she built an impact investing career. Kathleen McQuiggan of Ellevate Management asks, Why would financial firms not invest in women? Rebecca Adamson, founder

Women Rising in India: Searching for Solutions in the Land of My Birth

In college, my birth country of India was always the subject of politics and development classes, because it ranked low on nearly every development index — for education, health, women’s rights, corruption and on and on.   Ten years later, I’m going back to India. I’ve grown weary of articles from India on sexual violence,

IFC’s first “Social Bond” raises $500 million for women-led companies and low-income communities

Women Rising The IFC’s first “Social Bond” has raised $500 million for women-led companies and low-income communities. The issue was the first since International Finance Corp. merged its Banking on Women and Inclusive Business bond programs, which had raised a combined $564 million since 2013. The IFC, part of the World Bank, will use the latest

Women-led Pivotal bioVenture closes $300 million fund for early-stage drugs

Women Rising Tracy Saxton, who was the investment director for the Roche Venture Fund and for SV Life Sciences Advisers, has closed the first fund for her new firm, Pivotal bioVenture Partners. Pivotal is seeking to fill a capital gap in early-stage treatments between drug discovery and early clinical development. Saxton was backed by the