South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses

Women Rising South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses Sekunjalo Investment Group in Cape Town hopes to raise two billion rand ($150 million) to spur South Africa’s impact investment sector. Sekunjalo is seeding a new fund with 500 million rand ($37 million) of its own capital to attract

Hong Kong fund raises $16 million to back women business leaders in Asia

Women Rising For all the talk about diversity, the number of women in leadership positions in Asia is actually falling, from 25 percent in 2009 to 20 percent in 2016. Advanced Asian economies have fewer women leaders than in similar markets worldwide. Delphinium Capital Partners has raised $16 million for a first close on Delphinium Female

Backstage Capital eyes second fund for women- and minority-led startups

It took Arlan Hamilton 16 months to convince Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Brad Feld of Foundry Group, ex-Salesforce executive Susan Kimberlin and others to put up $5 million for Backstage Capital to invest in women- and minority-owned businesses. Hamilton expects it to take as little as two months to raise Backstage’s second fund, as

Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Women Rising Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal

 Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal mortality

Baby boxes nudge new parents toward best childcare practices

Women Rising New mothers in New Jersey will get a box full of diapers, onesies, baby wipes, breast pads, and nipple cream for breast feeding, in exchange for completing childcare training. Baby boxes were popularized in Finland, where infant mortality rates are among the world’s lowest. They are now distributed in parts of the U.K.,

Femtech funding tops $1 billion as women’s health takes center stage

Women Rising Startups targeting women’s healthcare have raised $1.1 billion in venture financing since 2014, CB Insights reports. Prelude, a fertility solutions startup, has raised $200 million and Progyny, backed by Kleiner Perkins, has raised $49 million for its egg-freezing and fertility services. Reproductive therapeutics company ObsEva, based in Geneva, filed for an IPO. The global femtech