Secha Capital makes first investment in woman-owned consumer goods startup

Women Rising Launched by former Bain & Co. consultants Brendan Mullen and Rushil Vallabh, Secha Capital in Johannesburg, has raised 35 million rand ($2.7 million) to make seven-to-10-year investments in early-stage, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and agribusiness ventures. The South African impact investment holding company took a minority stake in nativechild, also in Joburg, an

Small businesses in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to get $7 million from French development agency

Women Rising Small businesses in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire will receive $7 million from a French development agency. The Oasis Africa Fund, which invests in businesses offering healthcare, education, and financial services to vulnerable and underserved populations, scored a $7 million investment from AFD, the French development agency. The pledge is part of a €250

Tanzania emerges as a hub of African entrepreneurial success

Women Rising Tanzania is emerging as a hub of African entrepreneurial success. The East African country is often overshadowed by the continent’s other business power centers: Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. But it has seven of the top 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35, according to Forbes. Most of the top-ranked entrepreneurs have started

Karnataka launches “proof of concept” fund for women entrepreneurs

Karnataka has launched a “proof of concept” fund for women entrepreneurs. The state in southwestern India, home to tech hub Bangalore, created Idea2POC — for proof of concept — to help female innovators prove out their concepts, get certified and pilot their manufacturing processes. The Rs 10 crore ($1.5 million) fund is part of the state’s $333 million initiative

State Street Says Yes: Is Women’s Leadership on Corporate Boards Material to Investors?

This year, International Women’s Day was also A Day Without Women for many businesses. Companies found out just how difficult it is to get through the day, much less make progress or profits, without their female employees. This may be true for corporate boards of directors as well. Perhaps the week’s signal event was the announcement from

Follow the Women: Introducing ImpactAlpha’s Women Rising

Every day is International Women’s Day in impact investing. Solutions in every domain, from climate to food to education to broad economic inclusion, depend on women’s leadership and equal participation. The remarkable progress of women over the last century sets up a truly huge opportunity in this century to drive progress for all. Women’s leadership

Follow the Women: Introducing ImpactAlpha’s Women Rising

Every day is International Women’s Day in impact investing. Solutions in every domain, from climate to food to education to broad economic inclusion, depend on women’s leadership and equal participation. The remarkable progress of women over the last century sets up a truly huge opportunity in this century to drive progress for all. Women’s leadership