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The Brief Quiz (№1): How High is Your Impact IQ?

Are you keeping up with impact news, if not with the Kardashians? Prove it by taking The Brief Quiz from ImpactAlpha. Because facts matter, even when we don’t like them. Get ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief. 1. Which trend will NOT shape the world by 2035, according to the US National Intelligence Council: Climate change, environment, and

Six opportunities — and one big risk — for impact investors

New political realities have been a wake up call for the growing movement seeking demonstrable, measurable impact on social and environmental challenges. Stripped of a sympathetic U.S. administration, investors and activists trying to mobilize private capital to curb climate change, eliminate global poverty and close the gap on income inequality are choosing whether to shy

The Brief Quiz (No.1): How High is Your Impact IQ?

Are you keeping up with impact news, if not with the Kardashians? Prove it by taking The Brief Quiz from ImpactAlpha. Because facts matter, even when we don’t like them. Get ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief. 1. Which trend will NOT shape the world by 2035, according to the US National Intelligence Council: Climate change, environment,

Seed investments build hardware and software skills in kids

CodeMonkey, which teaches coding through games, raised $1.5 million in early-stage funding, and plans to reach 30,000 elementary school students in China. CodeMonkey, based in Israel, attracted investments from Invictus Capital, J21 Corp., Chinese-Israel Education Fund and Japanese holding company, Edulab. Separately, Tenka Labs raised $2.1 million to develop “Circuit Cubes” — which mesh with Lego blocks to teach

Safaricom backs FarmDrive to improve small farmers’ access to credit

The dominant Kenyan mobile provider Safaricom provided a small convertible loan to FarmDrive, which helps small-scale farmers access loans. FarmDrive analyzes income streams, expenses and crop yields and assigns farmers a credit score. Credit enables farmers to invest in farming equipment and practices to boost productivity and income. Safaricom’s investment came from its $1 million Spark Fund, which

South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses

Women Rising South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses Sekunjalo Investment Group in Cape Town hopes to raise two billion rand ($150 million) to spur South Africa’s impact investment sector. Sekunjalo is seeding a new fund with 500 million rand ($37 million) of its own capital to attract

Double impact for new crop of Nigerian social enterprises

Twenty social entrepreneurs are part of the fourth Social Innovators Program & Awards (SIPA) in Lagos. Backed by LEAP Africa and Union Bank of Nigeria, the program incubates 20 social entrepreneurs focused on critical issues, like malnutrition, which affects 20 percent of Nigeria’s children. Now in its fourth year, SIPA has additional impact as well, creating