Four Recent Reports Shed Light on the State of Impact Investing

Having trouble keeping up with the latest developments in the world of impact investing? Allow us to help. We dove into the weeds of four of the field’s most notable recent studies, extracting the most interesting findings for you. Some of the key themes involve the mainstreaming of impact investing, the vital role that women […]

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Is Your Financial Advisor ‘Best for the World’?

Impact investing is going mainstream. But while you may rest easier knowing that your nest egg is making a positive contribution to society (as well as your financial position), what about the financial intermediaries in your life? Every year, B Lab publishes a list of “Best for the World” B Corps—those that rank in the […]

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A Social Enterprise Accelerator Launches a Cryptocurrency for its Community

You’ve heard of Bitcoin. But a growing number of social enterprises are also adopting blockchain-based cryptocurrencies to build safe, transparent networks and communities. One recent example is COMMON, a social entrepreneurship accelerator and collaborative community based in Boulder, Colorado. COMMON recently introduced a cryptocurrency called COMMON Cents, to be used by members of its community. The […]

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In Minneapolis, a New Building Mixes Impact and Beer

A new initiative in Minneapolis is bringing the idea of mixed use development to social entrepreneurship. FINNEGANS House, a newly opened building in downtown Minneapolis that is part of a bigger development project, combines a brewery with a space for the local impact community to connect and grow. Finnegan’s House is the brainchild of Jacquie […]

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Debt-based Crowdfunding Is Quietly Generating Investor Returns

Crowdfunding success is often measured by the number of campaigns meeting their funding targets and the dollars raised. But what about the investor side of the equation? It’s still very early, and there are no industry-wide performance metrics that measure investor returns. However, some investment crowdfunding portals have lately taken to reporting their Internal Rate […]

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Obvious Ventures: Investing in Solutions for People and Planet

Entrepreneurs are often lauded as “disruptors” in their fields. But what about funders? Early stage venture capital firm Obvious Ventures is betting on a way of investing that disrupts the process at its core. The Silicon Valley-based firm makes investments in what it calls “world positive” companies, or “startups that create new solutions to big world […]

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For Regulation Crowdfunding, a Glass Half Full

Two years ago today, Regulation Crowdfunding went into effect with a promise to transform the investment landscape for entrepreneurs as well as investors. So how’s it working out? In the first two years, 910 businesses have used the Regulation Crowdfunding exemption (aka Title III of the JOBS Act) which allows them to raise up to […]

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A Midwest Incubator Helps Social Entrepreneurs Generate Ideas—And Put Down Roots

When they created their idea-generating incubator, Maria Gibbs and Dustin Mix didn’t know what to expect. But with their first class completed, the South Bend, Indiana program—itself little more than an idea a year ago— has resulted in new social ventures and founders who plan to put down roots in the Midwest city. The incubator, […]

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Regulation Crowdfunding’s Investor Limits Are The Real Problem

Since the JOBS Act was signed by President Obama in 2012, advocates have been urging Congress to increase the overall limit of $1 million (now $1.07 million, after adjustment for inflation) to $5 million for offerings under Title III (aka Regulation Crowdfunding). But for many issuers, the overall limit is less important than the per-investor […]

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A Milestone For Oregon’s Community Public Offering

Judy Goodman has always been a trailblazer of sorts—you have to be, working as a research biologist, artist, yurt builder and chocolatier in the mountainous interiors of the Pacific Northwest, as she has. That rugged lifestyle—and many hours spent hiking, camping and skiing with her family— led to her latest venture: BGood Bars, which makes […]

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