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Catalyst Fund secures $4.3 million to accelerate digital commerce in Ghana

ImpactAlpha, October 22 – Catalyst Fund supports local fintech entrepreneurs to accelerate access to basic goods and services in emerging markets. A new program supported by Mastercard Foundation and Accra-based MEST will enable Catalyst Fund to dig deeper into economic inclusion by helping Ghana’s micro and small businesses adopt digital services, like electronic payments or

High-tech greenhouses attract institutional investors to food security and climate adaptation (podcast)

Concerns about the resiliency of the food supply chain went from conceptual to concrete when the COVID crisis shut down railroads and stranded ships. “It was no longer a theoretical issue. Borders were shut,” Equilibrium Capital’s Dave Chen says in the latest podcast in ImpactAlpha’s Institutional Shift series. Chen was speaking from Singapore, where he’s

How disease-focused venture philanthropy can accelerate cures

Just a few weeks after our son’s second birthday, when emergency room doctors told us his body had destroyed his ability to make insulin, he joined more than 1.6 million Americans living with type one diabetes (T1D). Since 2002, he has relied on infusions of insulin to control his blood sugar and remain alive. In

Secha Capital reaches first close of second fund for early-stage enterprises in South Africa

ImpactAlpha, October 21 – Johannesburg-based Secha Capital launched its first fund in 2017 to prove the investment case for “boring” companies with solid revenues. Secha will soon close its tenth investment from the 35 million rand ($2.7 million) “proof of concept” fund.  Secha has now also reached a first close on its second fund. The

When founders of color prosper, so will entrepreneurship in the post-COVID economy

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 20 – Investors and advocates are increasing their focus on Black and Brown-owned businesses, which even before COVID struggled to access capital and since have been hit disproportionately hard. Solving capital access gaps for founders of color can accelerate job growth and help close racial wealth gaps while adding billions to the U.S.