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New Civic Accelerator Galvanizes Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing - Forbes

New Civic Accelerator Galvanizes Social Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing - Forbes | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it

Startup incubators and accelerator programs appear to be the latest rage! You may have heard about one of the programs supporting entrepreneurs in a major city near you like TechStars, Y-Combinator, or MassChallenge (a personal favorite). Yet with all the hype and buzz about social entrepreneurship, few of these programs are entirely dedicated to scaling social impact and helping social ventures succeed.

Points of Light, originally founded in 1990 in response to President George H. W. Bush’s call for increasing national civic engagement, is changing the game with the launch of a new Civic Accelerator. The program, focused on helping social startups successfully launch innovative solutions to the nation’s most intractable problems, is a joint venture between Points of Light and Village Capital.  The Civic Accelerator provides funding, mentoring, entrepreneurial education and more to social entrepreneurs. With a rock-star team of supporters from PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., to Starbucks Coffee Company and CSRwire, the Civic Accelerator will invest in nonprofit and for-profit startups that inspire, equip and mobilize people to create positive change!

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Finance flies for Honduran wind - reNews

Finance flies for Honduran wind - reNews | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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Vientos de Eletrotecnia, part of Grupo Terra, has secured $127.5m in senior debt financing for its 50MW San Marcos wind project in Honduras.
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Second green revolution: Industry partnership can unleash 4% farm growth - The Economic Times

Second green revolution: Industry partnership can unleash 4% farm growth - The Economic Times | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
A national agricultural sustainability mission must be established to devise best practices, restore critical nutrients and manage water usage.
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Critical components of a private sector development strategy

Critical components of a private sector development strategy | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
It is widely accepted that the private sector is the engine of growth in developing countries. But how can the private sector be helped to grow in a more equitable and inclusive way?
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Bargain for billionaires: Why philanthropy is more about PR than progress - Salon

Bargain for billionaires: Why philanthropy is more about PR than progress - Salon | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Salon Bargain for billionaires: Why philanthropy is more about PR than progress Salon But Carlson's obsequious flattery is nothing like the unctuous adoration festooned by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green in their book,”Philanthrocapitalism” —...
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Margherita Gagliardi - What is the rationale for inclusive business...

Margherita Gagliardi - What is the rationale for inclusive business... | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
What is the rationale for inclusive business models in the agrifood sector? …In other words, which are the common interests between small farmers and business players which could trigger new...
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the new Innovation Policy Platform - World Bank Blogs

To address this issue, the World Bank – in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – has developed a new tool destined to enhance the capacity of policy practitioners around the world to support...
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Can co-ops compete? - The Guardian

Can co-ops compete? - The Guardian | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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Can co-ops compete?
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... may be to blame for not historically promoting their sector better. This, he argues, is one of the things co-ops now need to get right. For more information on cooperatives, visit our hub.
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What the extractive sector should focus on – Part 1: Shared value

What the extractive sector should focus on – Part 1: Shared value | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
It also creates perceptions because of the multitude of actors involved, perceptions are sometimes distorted by mistrust and misunderstanding about each other's duties and obligations. All that, if not well managed, can lead to ...
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'Responsible business can solve the world's challenges' - Telegraph.co.uk

'Responsible business can solve the world's challenges' - Telegraph.co.uk | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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'Responsible business can solve the world's challenges'
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Third, businesses need to place more equitable growth at the heart of their operations and to be transparent in everything they do.
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Inside the Case Foundation's Impact Investing - Inside Philanthropy

Inside the Case Foundation's Impact Investing - Inside Philanthropy | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Inside the Case Foundation's Impact Investing
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The object of the grant is to explore new opportunities to grow impact investing, including the development of policy recommendations and collaborations with existing industry efforts.
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MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launches new Community Finance Solutions - Social Finance

MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launches new Community Finance Solutions - Social Finance | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its newest initiative: Community Finance Solutions (Great news!
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Let's Take Impact Investing To The Masses - Ecosystem Marketplace

Let's Take Impact Investing To The Masses - Ecosystem Marketplace | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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Let's Take Impact Investing To The Masses
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Impact investing is already driving social change in small ways, but it has the potential to completely change the way we address societal challenges.
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Cookstove designs are failing the poorest communities - The Guardian

Cookstove designs are failing the poorest communities - The Guardian | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
The Guardian Cookstove designs are failing the poorest communities The Guardian Per Heggenes, the CEO of the Ikea Foundation, which has formed a strategic partnership with the UNHCR, believes this is exactly the type of area in which philanthropy...
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Paying for results: can banks and investors finance social success? - The Guardian

Paying for results: can banks and investors finance social success? - The Guardian | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
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Business Fights Poverty: The Best of 2014: Inclusive Business Priorities for the New Year | B4MD | The Mill

Business Fights Poverty: The Best of 2014: Inclusive Business Priorities for the New Year | B4MD | The Mill | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Business Fights Poverty: The Best of 2014: Inclusive Business Priorities for the New Year | B4MD | The Mill http://t.co/U4hCaMEWpq
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Connecting the Private Sector to Global Development | U.S. Agency for International Development

Connecting the Private Sector to Global Development | U.S. Agency for International Development | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
How private sector is impacting social development? See this video http://t.co/MISCXIeejf via @USAID
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The CSR Value Continuum: From Value Distribution to Shared Value Creation - Triple Pundit

The CSR Value Continuum: From Value Distribution to Shared Value Creation - Triple Pundit | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Triple Pundit The CSR Value Continuum: From Value Distribution to Shared Value Creation Triple Pundit The concept of shared value has been eloquently described with powerful voices that have done well to help business and society understand what it...
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The Face of Poverty in Europe and Central Asia - World Bank Group

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The Face of Poverty in Europe and Central Asia
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Poverty is an especially complex issue in Europe and Central Asia, where some 80 million people live on less than $5 per day and struggle to meet even basic needs.
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Private sector development in fragile states - Eldis

Private sector development in fragile states - Eldis | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Private Sector Development (PSD) has been treated as an area of programming which is separate from post-conflict stabilisation for a long time. ...
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The Case for Economic Equality and International Development

The Case for Economic Equality and International Development | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Economic inequality has been a growing concern in recent years. The huge gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is clearly illustrated by a recent Oxfam report which show that the 85 wealthies...
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Five Risks of Impact Investing—and How to Overcome Them - aiCIO

Five Risks of Impact Investing—and How to Overcome Them - aiCIO | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Five Risks of Impact Investing—and How to Overcome Them
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(January 27, 2014) — Five risks are deterring investors from embracing impact investment, but the good news is all of them can be mitigated, according to Bridges Ventures.
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Helping all: thriving society, thriving business - Telegraph.co.uk

Helping all: thriving society, thriving business - Telegraph.co.uk | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Helping all: thriving society, thriving business Telegraph.co.uk It is business leaders who represent and symbolise an organisation's moral compass, drive organisational and cultural values and are held up to scrutiny if the gap...
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Social Venture Exchange Launches to Support Impact Investing in ...

The SVX is a local, impact-first platform connecting social ventures, impact funds and impact investors to catalyze new debt and equity investment capital for local ventures that have demonstrable social and/or environmental ...
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Crowdfunding's Effect on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern - New York Times

Crowdfunding's Effect on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern - New York Times | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding's Effect on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern New York Times Nowadays, if people want to offer a similar gift, they can go to any number of crowdfunding sites where lots of small donors give money to a project or venture — like...
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Cracking the Code on Social Impact (SSIR)

Cracking the Code on Social Impact (SSIR) | Inclusive Business and Impact Investing | Scoop.it
An emerging measurement approach emphasizes the value in standardizing outcomes for the whole social sector.
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