Africa’s women entrepreneurs, SOCAP’s Good Capital Project, how to thrive in 2030, this week’s…

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

What’s your number this week? Brief Quiz №15

This week a Special Counsel was named, so make sure to get your facts straight before taking the Brief Quiz No 15. Get The Brief, ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter. 1. What number is taking center stage to describe the impact investing market? a. $114 billion––the assets reported in the latest GIIN surveyb. 536 — the number of days to

Realizing the potential of women entrepreneurs in Africa

Gender lens investing is gaining traction with investors around the globe and Africa is no exception. In my role as senior gender lens investing advisor at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, I got together with Isis Nyong’o Madison to reflect on discussions and lessons learned at Sankalp Africa Summit. The 2017 gathering of more than

New ‘Swell’ impact investing platform joins an increasingly crowded field

Life insurance firm Pacific Life has launched Swell, a social impact investing platform open to investors with as little as $500 to commit. The venture, Swell, is a similar concept to other impact-focused investing platforms targeting everyday investors that have launched and raised money recently (OpenInvest closed a seed round of funding earlier this week). Swell is

1776 in New York City launches incubator for startups by women, for women

With its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and additional sites in Dubai, New York City and San Francisco, 1776 supports startups in government-dominated markets (think education, energy, health, transportation). With the Kate Spade Foundation, 1776’s Brooklyn-based affiliate is launching a new program that will support startups led by women entrepreneurs that are solving challenges faced by

Imagine Boston in 2030

Since September 2015 more than 14,000 Beantown residents have identified challenges, set 2030 goals for the city and pitched in ideas for policies and investments to achieve them. The Imagine Boston 2030 plan imagines a more economically inclusive and climate resilient city. In nearly 400 pages, the plan lays out visions for “dense new neighborhoods

Morgan Stanley has raised $125 million for an impact investing fund of funds

Morgan Stanley said it had secured commitments of more than $125 million for one of the largest impact fund of funds to date. The response to PMF Integro Fund I shows increasing client demand for sustainable investing products, according to Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, which helped develop the fund. Integro I will invest in