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By Dennis Price, David Bank and Marina Leytes A year ago, every company had to have a Big Data story. Now, no initiative is complete without AI and machine learning. Extra points for “blockchain.” Next up: companies, asset owners and fund managers touting their alignment with “the SDGs.” If you don’t know already, those are the

eVote has secured seed funding to launch a voting and polling platform. The non-governmental voting platform is intended for opinion gathering and surveying of large groups to drive decision-making in businesses and communities. eVote’s market positioning as a social awareness and transparency tool helped it secure $3 million in seed funding from London-based social tech

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Africa’s women entrepreneurs are ready for financing. Africa has a robust pipeline of investable, women-founded, women-led and women-focused businesses. What it doesn’t have is enough women making investment decisions in institutions that control the flow of capital. More women in venture capital funds, private equity funds, banks and other funding

Move over Juicero. Household smart-device developer Brava has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from TPG Growth, with additional backing from TPG’s $2 billion Rise Fund. A host of other investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Next Coast Ventures, also participated in the round. Brava’s CEO John Pleasants hasn’t said much about Brava, which raised $12

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original How much money is there in impact investing? Notwithstanding all the qualifiers (we discuss in the full piece), $114 billion is the number we’ll see reported for the coming year as the size of the impact investing market. That represents the total assets of 208 asset managers and owners

Welcome back, ImpactAlpha readers! Let’s jump right into #Dealflow. Please send us yours, to TheBrief@impactalpha.com. #Dealflow: Follow the Money Bridges-backed Unforgettable attracts strategic investment from McKesson. File this under “catalytic seed capital.” James Ashwell, formerly with the impact asset manager Bridges Fund Management, launched Unforgettable last year to serve the 850,000 people in the U.K. living

Overstock.com’s venture fund Medici Ventures has invested $428,000 in Ripio, a bitcoin exchange startup based in Argentina. Ripio’s platform offers remittance and other financial services to 70,000 users in Argentina and Brazil and is expanding to Mexico and Colombia. A host of startups are working on blockchain-based remittance and financial services. “It feels like blockchain