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Impact Investing: The Millennial Challenge

A growing body of literature has emerged that highlights the attitudes of millennial investors and their desire to create social impact. While these studies provide an optimistic outlook for impact investing, there is no guarantee that the attitudes we are uncovering today will transform into the investment behaviors we are hoping for tomorrow. In order

‘Nature Conservation Notes’ Bring Individual Investors into Climate Fund

Investing in conservation has long been the province of development-finance institutions and philanthropic foundations. Now, wealthy individuals are starting to invest as well, opening a potentially huge new source of private capital for ecosystem preservation. Dozens of individual investors committed a total of 15 million euros, or about $17.5 million, to purchase “Nature Conservation Notes”

Fish 2.0′s Call to Action for Seafood Entrepreneurs and Investors

Everybody, it seems, wants their seafood sustainable. That growing demand is spurring investor interest in aquaculture, seafood supply chains and technology solutions that address the shortage of affordable, tasty protein that does not deplete already-stressed fisheries. One indicator of increasing interest is the growth of the Fish 2.0 business competition, which launched its 2015 contest

SevaMob: Mobile Services to Spread Health Care Across India

Shelley Saxena, a mobile technology entrepreneur in Atlanta, had a head start when he launched SevaMob, a distribution system for low-cost preventive health services across India. But that didn’t save him from having to make a few strategic pivots as his new business grew. Saxena used capital and intellectual property from his earlier startup, SaasMob,

KZ Noir: Premium Coffee Prices for Premium Social Impact

Premium coffee is perhaps the original example of how positive social impact can drive a successful business. Many connoisseurs who care about eco-friendly farming, fair wages and low-income community development are willing to pay more for their cup of joe. But it’s got to be good. In Rwanda, KZ Noir Ltd. is riding this strategy

Warby Parker: Buy One, Give One Pair of Trendy Eyeglasses

Warby Parker sounds like a white-shoe law firm, not one of the the hottest socially conscious businesses around. The maker of hip eyewear has created a sensation with its designer glasses, disrupting the industry’s entrenched incumbents with trendy eyeglass frames that sell for $100, not $600. (The company’s name comes from two obscure characters in

Rebuilding Lives, Reducing Costs: Social Impact Bond Finances Jobs Over Jail

The snow was blowing and it was in the 20s on Wall Street on the day after New Year’s but dozens of mostly young, mostly black, and mostly unemployed men showed up for job training and placements on the first working day of 2014. The men, all recently released from prison, were making an investment