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Monday, August 10, 2015 — South Asia

Silicon Valley VC firm Social+Capital Partnership lines up over $1B for India by 2025

Source: VC Circle

Four-year-old Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Social+Capital Partnership plans to invest over $1 billion in Indian companies in sectors such as financial services, energy, infrastructure and agriculture.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Morgan Stanley Extends Commitment to Sustainable Investing with Its Inaugural Green Bond

Source: MarketWatch

Morgan Stanley announced today that it has closed on the issuance of a $500 million green bond, the Firm’s inaugural green bond and the latest step in the Firm’s ongoing strategy to advance market-based solutions to social and environmental challenges.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Five Indicators Show Growth in Social Purpose at World’s Largest Companies

Source: 3BL Media

Growth in five key indicators between 2012 and 2014 illustrate the expanding application of corporate skills and resources to solving societal challenges.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: SOCAP Open Is Live, Accepting Session Ideas for SOCAP15

Source: PitchEngine

SOCAP, the world’s largest conference for social enterprise and impact investing, launches SOCAP Open and is accepting session ideas for SOCAP15, now through June 7th.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Women: The Next Wave of Angel Investors?

Source: Forbes

Females have historically made up less than 15% of the angel investors in the United States. Having more women on the funding side matters.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Names Amit Bouri as New CEO

Source: The GIIN

New leadership seeks to usher in next phase of stakeholder mobilization and market innovation to mature the impact investing industry
Friday, December 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investments Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Upaya, Artha Initiative to Co-Invest, Expand Management Resources for Small Businesses in India

Source: Upaya

Upaya Social Ventures and the Artha Initiative are proud to announce that they have formalized a collaboration through which they will work together to develop a pipeline of and co-invest in India’s Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Is social investment bad for the charity sector?

Source: Civil Society

In recent months senior figures in the world of charity have questioned whether social investment is good for the sector. David Ainsworth examines why this new field is facing a backlash.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tips to young social entrepreneurs: How to finance a startup

Source: Rappler

A social enterprise expert from the Social Enterprise Development Inc gives practical advice on how to overcome challenges in business startups.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners Strengthens Global Private Equity Impact Investing Capabilities

Source: Market Watch

David Wilton Joins Morgan Stanley from International Finance Corporation.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Adds ‘Impact’ Portfolios in Brokerage

Source: Bloomberg

Morgan Stanley (MS), which has set a goal of attracting $10 billion of client assets to sustainable investing products over the next few years, is adding two such portfolios for its wealth-management customers.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Toniic Announces Support from Omidyar Network

Source: Toniic

San Francisco, USA and Mumbai, India (August 18, 2014) – Toniic – a global network of over 120 action-oriented impact investors – is pleased to announce the financial support of philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Source: HuffPost Green

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted to these activities annually, according to a recent study.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Lok Capital Sells its Stake and Leaves RuralShores Business Services

Source: The Economic Times

mpact investment firm Lok Capital has exited its portfolio company RuralShores Business Services by selling its stake in the rural business process outsourcing (BPO) company to an unnamed strategic investor.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Catalyzing Impact Investments Through Coordinated Grantmaking

Source: Philanthropy News Digest

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, the ability to drive more impact investments into the communities and issues we care about is imperative
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Discussing the JOBS Act's Impact on Capital Flow in the U.S. Market


Much of the focus on how the JOBS Act may be able to transform the flow of capital in the United States has been on new pathways being opened. Equity crowdfunding, crowdfinanced debt, locavesting, the new opportunities for accessing capital outside of the traditional banking system has sparked the imagination of many.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

Source: Harvard Business Review

Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion. Giving Pledge members described impact investing as the “hottest topic” at their May 2012 meeting, and Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the potential of the sector at the most recent G8 summit.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Will Equity Crowdfunding Help Create The Next Silicon Valley Outside the U.S.?


This week is Global Innovation Week 2014, and as CEO of I’ll be participating in the Global Innovation Summit (GIS) in Silicon Valley. The focus of the GIS conference is on ecosystem development. Which is a great topic and comes as no surprise, as the conference is led by Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt, venture partners at T2 Ventures and authors of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building The Next Silicon Valley.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Crowdfunding and Climate Innovation: The Next Steps are in Funding Impact Investing

Source: Crowdfund Insider

The future of Impact Investing and Crowdfunding was on display in Nairobi, Kenya last week.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

Swiss insurer invests $1B to fight global warming

Source: Hartford Business Journal

Zurich Insurance is investing $1 billion to fight climate change in a sign of growing demand for socially conscious investing.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

World's first social impact insurance entity, HUGinsure, announced at the Clinton Global Initiative


The world’s first social impact insurance entity, HUGinsure, was launched on Sept. 24 at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting by Dalberg and Hollard Insurance.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Sustainability Certification Dramatically Improves Smallholder Farms’ Access to Credit, New Study Finds

Source: Rainforest Alliance

Smallholder farmers suffer from a lack of credit access, but sustainability certification can help change that, according to a new study published by the Rainforest Alliance and funded by the Citi Foundation.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs and Investors Explore Sustainable Oceans Sector

Source: National Geographic

Early next month, entrepreneurs, investors, and other thought leaders will gather at the annualSocial Capital Markets meeting in San Francisco.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cathy Pharoah: Hail to the Social Stock Exchange

Source: Third Sector

It's a rallying cry to the business world, but will sharpen the challenges that charities face, writes our columnist
Friday, June 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unfinished Business

Source: Huffington Post

Winston Churchill said it best when he concluded, "democracy is the worst form of government ....except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
Thursday, March 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch Out, World Bank: Here Comes the BRICS Bank

Source: AP / CNBC

Leaders of the five BRICS nations plan to create a development bank in a direct challenge to the World Bank that they accuse of Western bias.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: How One Foundation Empowers Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Mashable

Name: Echoing Green | Big Idea: Echoing Green offers grants to social entrepreneurs and changemakers — it’s referred to as “impact investing.” | Why It’s Working: By investing in people rather than ideas or business plans, Echoing Green has empowered more than 500 innovative individuals to turn their visions into a reality, ameliorating social ills in the process.
Monday, July 18, 2011 — No Region Specified

Investment Driven by Guilt, and That?s Good

Source: MarketWatch

By Thomas Kostigen SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) - Are we increasingly investing out of guilt? I'd say so. Look at the amount of money that has flowed into socially responsible funds: $3 trillion, up 34% since 2005, according to the Social Investment Forum. Got a social conscience? Feel guilty? Invest your conscience away. It's the 21st century version of the selling of indulgences. More money is flowing into "good" investments than ever. Take the lo...
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