ImpactAlpha’s Newsletter: Big Cool Ideas

There are only a handful of ways for investors to find genuine “alpha.” Breakthrough innovation. Mispriced assets. Superior financial architecture. And, of course, significant social and environmental benefits. Impact investing works all those angles, which is why this “niche” is increasingly interesting to mainstream investors looking for edge. As Todd Morley, co-founder of i(x) Investments, told

Kiva Founder Turns Marc Andreessen’s Head Toward Africa

The new new thing in Silicon Valley? Global development. The latest data point: Venture capital powerhouse Andreessen-Horowitz’s investment in Branch, its first in a U.S.-based company targeting the Africa market. Branch has closed a $9.2 million series A round that also includes earlier investors Formation 8 and the Khosla Impact Fund. Andreessen-Horowitz is betting on Matt

Kiva Founder Turns Marc Andreessen’s Head Toward Africa

The new new thing in Silicon Valley? Global development. The latest data point: Venture capital powerhouse Andreessen-Horowitz’s investment in Branch, its first in a U.S.-based company targeting the Africa market. Branch has closed a $9.2 million series A round that also includes earlier investors Formation 8 and the Khosla Impact Fund. Andreessen-Horowitz is betting on Matt Flannery,

ImpactAlpha’s #DealFlow 4.6.16: Recycling in Chicago, Stormwater in DC, SIBs in Africa

Dealflow is catching up from spring break with a full helping of impact investments in the U.S. and around the world. Harvesting recyclables in Chicago. The Closed Loop Fund is investing $1.5 million (of $6.5 million total) in the Lakeshore Recycling Services facility to that demonstrate recycling can be profitable even when commodity prices are low.

21st Century Infrastructure as an Impact Investment Opportunity (Podcast)

The  water crisis in Flint, Michigan has focused attention on the United States’ crumbling water systems, not to mention roads, bridges and our energy-wasting electrical grid. In this episode of Returns on Investment, our lively regulars are talking about infrastructure. Wait! It’s more exciting than you may think.  Listen to the latest Returns on Investment podcasts.

Capria Accelerator Backs First-Time Impact Fund Managers in Uganda, Guatemala and Zimbabwe

The amounts are small, but the leverage could be huge. The Capria Accelerator Fund announced the first three impact fund managers in which it has invested both capital and know-how. Managers of the three funds, from Uganda, Guatemala and Zimbabwe, last week completed a four-week intensive bootcamp in Capria’s hometown of Seattle. They each will

To Drive Innovation in Education, Foundations are Starting to Act Like Venture Capitalists

It takes a village to raise a successful education technology company—and to build an ecosystem for education innovation that creates meaningful, sustainable change in our schools and for our students. But one of the most critical sources of that capital and expertise has until recently been sitting on the sidelines. In a new article for Stanford