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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

Rethink Impact raises $110 million for women-led social startups

Women Rising Rethink Impact has raised $110 million for women-led social startups. Rethink Impact was launched by former tech CEO Jenny Abramson with Seavest Investment Group in 2015 and is co-led by Heidi Patel, former president of New Island Capital. More than half of the fund came from clients of UBS Wealth Management Americas, which brought

National Australia Bank offers fixed-income gender equality bond

Women Rising National Australia Bank has created a fixed-income gender equality bond. The new bond will finance “employers of choice for gender equality” as determined by an Australian government agency. Organizations on the list demonstrate commitment to cultivating female leadership, closing the gender pay gap, enabling a safe work environment, and offering family-friendly work arrangements. The

Silicon Valley leaders put $10 million into Learners Guild to boost tech diversity

Women Rising Silicon Valley leaders have put $10 million into Learners Guild to boost diversity in tech. Kapor Capital, Obvious Ventures, Learn Capital and Acumen are backing Learners Guild’s low-cost engineering program as a way to bring more women and minorities into the tech sector. Silicon Valley has been under the diversity microscope amid high-profile allegations of