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Six myths about food security that are due for debunking

About 40 percent of the global workforce works in agriculture, food and farming, and 100 percent of the population has to eat. If we hammer on food and farming here at ImpactAlpha, it’s because agriculture is the lever for new solutions in poverty alleviation, women’s rights, climate change and, of course, hunger. “Meeting the goals of

Catalyst Fund adds five fintech startups to its seed stage portfolio

Catalyst Fund has added five financial technology startups to its seed stage portfolio. The ventures include: Comunidad4Uno, a financial services provider for Mexico’s low-income domestic workers; Grafica, a software developer for off-grid solar distributors in Africa; Harvesting, an agriculture analytics software firm; PayLatr, a mobile-based micro lender for low-income Indians; and Smile Identity, an identity

500 Startups backs Stockbit’s social investment platform for Millennials

Stockbit, an Indonesian stock analytics venture, raised (undisclosed) funding from 500 Startups to launch a social investing platform for millennials. Stockbit’s platform allows users to discuss trading and investment ideas with each other and copy other users’ investment portfolios. Stockbit launched in 2012 with financial data and stock screening on the Indonesia Stock Exchange for

Nutriati raises $8 million to produce plant-based protein

Startups developing new plant-based proteins raised $78.2 million in 2016, according to AgFunder News. The latest: vegetarian “foodtech” startup Nutriati, based in Virginia, which closed an $8 million Series A funding round. The backing came from the food venture fund of London sugar company Tate & Lyle, as well as PowerPlant Ventures, Blueberry Ventures, and NRV. The funding

Score one for gender wage transparency: Starbucks says it pays women equally

Starbucks says it pays women equally. Starbucks’ disclosure follows a proxy ballot measure on gender wage transparency filed by Arjuna Capital, a Starbucks shareholder. In its report, Starbucks says it pays comparably-skilled male and female employees within 99.7 percent of each other. That’s at the far end of the retail bell-curve. On average, women in retail

Milken’s impact disruption, Starbucks’ gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The impact disruption hits the Milken Institute Global Conference. The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer

The impact disruption at Michael Milken’s annual conference

The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer / worker / citizen / millennial / female ferment for free speech,