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Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017
Claudius Gutemann, Gray Ghost Annual Report 2017 14 Jun 2018
Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
Audrey Selian, Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures 03 Jun 2018
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Venture Philanthropists & Impact Investors encouraged to collaborate

As impact investing matures as a movement, more investment models are being deployed, especially in sectors and regions where various forms of capital are needed to support solutions to some of the world’s chronic social and environmental issues.

In this report by the Toniic Institute with support from the Shell Foundation a number of examples are shown of how venture philanthropists and impact investors are working together to fund early-stage impact enterprises around the world.

The report  is also a “call to action” for all venture philanthropists, impact investors, and other players within the early-stage social impactfunding ecosystem to continue to test, scope and roll out collaborative efforts in order to catalyze impact investment capital. The reward for greater collaboration according to the report can be a higher volume and quality of investment activity, which will attract greater, smarter impact capital into the marketplace, ultimately enhancing the viability of impactful solutions for the world’s toughest problems.

For more details please read the full report attached.

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Energy and Power

India in the Top 5 for Green Energy Investments

India is now among the top five countries in the world in terms of investment in renewable energy, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating capacity, wind and hydropower capacity, according to a global renewables report released at the beginning of the month. 

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India to see the Largest Inflow of Emerging Market Private Equity Investment

The survey conducted by EMPEA, a global industry association for private capital, featured the views of 107 Limited Partners (LP's) on emerging markets private equity asset class.

The report said, “India has ridden an impressive wave of upward momentum over the past three years, experiencing the largest positive shifts in the LP attractiveness rankings in both 2015 and 2016.”

“Increasingly bullish LP sentiment toward India coincides with rising fund commitments: in 2015, fund managers raised US$4.5 billion for India—the most raised for the market since 2008.”

The survey showed that 30% of respondents plan to either begin or expand investment in India over the next two years, rather than other emerging markets.

Red Ribbon Asset Management Plc provides a managed route into India for investors who seek responsible wealth generation through the principles of Impact Investment. They are investing in excess of £400 million over the next decade in greenfield projects that are scalable and topical to the Indian economy. Get in touch with them to find out more. 

 

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Real Assets and Impact Investing: A Primer for Families

The ImPact Asset Class Primers series explores the many ways families make impact investments today, and the potential to create diverse and balanced portfolios of impact investments.

This month's report focuses on to real assets. Families investing in sustainable real estate, farmland, timberland, and fisheries can create measurable progress in addressing the local and global challenges of climate change, food security, affordable housing, and community revitalization. This primer explores real asset investment strategies families use today, as well as trends that may affect the market in the future.

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Private Capital for Sustainable Development Concepts, Issues and Options for Engagement in Impact Investing and Innovative Finance

Private Capital for Sustainable Development: Concepts, Issues and Options for Engagement in Impact Investing and Innovative Finance is the result of supported by the Danish Government (Danida) in cooperation with ET Jackson & Associates on strategies and tools available to donors (and other social funders) to mobilize private capital for sustainable development.

 

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What's Working in Acceleration

Despite the emergence of hundreds of accelerator programs around the world, we know little about their effectiveness or how differences across programs influence venture performance. To address this gap, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) in collaboration with a consortium of public and private funders. GALI builds on the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, which works with accelerator programs around the world to collect and analyze data describing the entrepreneurs that they attract and support.

 

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Gray Ghost Ventures 2015 Annual Report

This year Gray Ghost Ventures celebrate the 10th year of investing in early-stage social impact enterprises. In early 2006, their work began as a pilot with the intention of bringing a 'venture capital' approach to impact investing. 

 

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YSB 2015 Impact Report

 

The 2015 Impact Report is all about the hard-working individuals who drive large-scale social change in the countries we work in. Thanks to the tremendous effort of YSB entrepreneurs, over 800.000 people now have access to vital services like safe drinking water, access to health care, education or clean energy. 

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Energy and Power

Could off-grid electricity systems accelerate energy access?

Small off-grid electricity systems are growing rapidly in South Asia. A new study, The Effects of Small Scale Electricity Systems on Rural Communities in South Asia, provides the first assessment of how these systems are impacting communities in the region.

Previous research has shown multiple benefits of electricity access for education, livelihoods, and health. However, small-scale systems—which are often set up in an ad-hoc way in remote areas outside the purview of regulators—have not previously been systematically studied. Off-grid systems can include a wide variety of energy sources, from a simple diesel generator, a solar-powered home system sold by entrepreneurs, or a biomass-based micro grid.

 

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Tackling the Sustainability Challenge

In an effort to better understand sustainability models and best practices among impact incubators and accelerators, UnLtd India has interviewed and analyzed 15 innovative entrepreneur support organizations around the world. While the sample group was constructed to draw on characteristics that were particularly relevant to UnLtd India , the findings and case studies carry broad relevance that should inform other incubators and accelerators exploring revenue model sustainability and market revenue generation. Each section of the report includes a collation of best practices for each topic drawn from these 15 accelerators. These best practices are intended to provide clear and actionable insights that are applicable to a wide range of acclerators.

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