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Acumen Fund India chief Sachindra Rudra on social investing and impact

Acumen Fund India chief Sachindra Rudra on social investing and impact | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Sachindra Rudra signed up with Acumen Fund in September to lead the non-profit venture capital firm’s investment activities in India. Prior to his latest assignment, the IIM Ahmedabad alumnus was director of India operations at private equity firm Navis Capital, and also worked for several years across companies such as Piramal Healthcare, Unilever and McKinsey & Co. Acumen Fund has invested more than $75 million globally across 69 companies. It started investing in India in 2006 and has so far invested over $30 million in 28 social enterprises here. Some of the companies in its portfolio include Husk Power Systems, Hippocampus Learning Centers, LifeSpring, WaterHealth and D.Light Design. In an email interview with StartupCentral, Rudra touches on Acumen’s experiences with social investing in India so far and what lies ahead for the firm. Edited excerpts

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Advancing global development through impact investing: OPIC featured in OnFrontiers | Overview | OPIC : Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Advancing global development through impact investing: OPIC featured in OnFrontiers | Overview | OPIC : Overseas Private Investment Corporation | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
What constitutes an impact investment? OPIC’s Dia Martin offers a simple explanation. It covers, she says, the things “you need to live” including agriculture,
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Malaik to simplify and track impact investing across Africa

Malaik to simplify and track impact investing across Africa | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Malaik the Hausa, Swahili, and Arabic words for 'Angel' is also an impact focused equity crowdfunding platform allowing accredited investors co-invest in h
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American Century Investments Underscores Its Unique Impact Investing Ownership Model in New, Integrated Brand Campaign | My Social Good News

American Century Investments Underscores Its Unique Impact Investing Ownership Model in New, Integrated Brand Campaign | My Social Good News | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Press Release – KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 15, 2016 – Tapping into the natural human desire to lead a prosperous and fulfilling life while making a positive impact on the world, American Century Investments has launched a new, integrated brand development campaign underscoring the firm’s unique ownership model. Titled “Prosper With PurposeTM,” the new campaign …
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Does SRI Deliver?

Does SRI Deliver? | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Financial advisors are more willing to consider socially responsible investing when it’s seen as a performance enhancer, not simply a values-based screen.
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Millennials Could Be Shaping the Future of Socially Responsible Investing

Millennials Could Be Shaping the Future of Socially Responsible Investing | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Generation Y is asking the tough questions about investments...and it's having an impact.
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How Green Bonds Will Become Mainstream (SSIR)

How Green Bonds Will Become Mainstream (SSIR) | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
What needs to happen before environmentally friendly investments can become an established part of the market?
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When Venture Capital Goes Good: How VCs Are Investing in Companies Changing the World - AlleyWatch

When Venture Capital Goes Good: How VCs Are Investing in Companies Changing the World - AlleyWatch | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Venture capital (VC) funding is booming, and it has been since 2012. Yet it is not without its problems – it has often received criticism for its excessive investment in companies that failed to solve real issues.
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How the Future of Impact Investing Will Affect Investors

How the Future of Impact Investing Will Affect Investors | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

In his keynote address at a 2013 G8 Conference , British Prime Minister David Cameron voiced his support for impact investing, believing that European governments should do more to support socially-responsible investments.

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World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator To Test Drive Hunger Solutions

World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator To Test Drive Hunger Solutions | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today stepped up its search for innovative solutions to spur progress towards Zero Hunger
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Add Impact

Add Impact | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Add Impact” is the new rallying cry of the Global Impact Investing community, which concluded a two-day plenary meeting of its Steering Group in Lisbon, Portugal on July 8.
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News - EY - Impact investing central to family business philanthropy

News - EY - Impact investing central to family business philanthropy | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Nearly half (44%) of family business owners and managers surveyed indicate that they actively engage in social impact investing, where investments are made that intentionally target specific social objectives along with a financial return. On average, family businesses globally invest 3.1% of their wealth in social impact investing, with the Middle East (investing 3.5%), Europe and Asia (both investing 3.4%) leading this trend.

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According to EY's recent survey, nearly half (44%) of family business owners and managers surveyed indicate that they actively engage in social impact investing.
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UBS Adds Michael Baldinger in New Sustainable, Impact Investing Role | Finance Magnates

UBS Adds Michael Baldinger in New Sustainable, Impact Investing Role | Finance Magnates | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
UBS has focused on Sustainable and Impact Investing, culminating in a new role for Baldinger.
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How fintech startups are taking cashless economy to bottom of the pyramid - The Economic Times

How fintech startups are taking cashless economy to bottom of the pyramid - The Economic Times | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Launched a year ago, ftcash has over 3,000 merchants on their platform from 50 cities ranging from Surat, Guwahati, to Vijayawada and Mysore.
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What You Need to Know About Impact Investing | The GIIN

What You Need to Know About Impact Investing | The GIIN | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
RT @thehup: What you need to know about impact investing: https://t.co/uK5yELaDO4 https://t.co/vsRpVRh0PV
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Meet the global funder that is investing millions of dollars in African startups

Meet the global funder that is investing millions of dollars in African startups | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Here's why this global funder is investing millions in Africa's entrepreneurs: Omidyar Network’s Charmaine Padayachy on backing startups that are unashamedly African and the continent's Achilles heel when it comes to investing in SMEs
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CalSTRS Commits $2.5 Billion to Low-Carbon Index

CalSTRS Commits $2.5 Billion to Low-Carbon Index | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2016) - The California State Teachers' Retirement System today committed up to $2.5 billion to low-carbon strategies in U.S., non-U.S. developed and emerging equity markets. The passively managed equity portfolio will be invested in an index designed to have significantly lower exposure t
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China allocates $ 10 billion to fight rural poverty - Times of India

China allocates $ 10 billion to fight rural poverty - Times of India | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
China on Tuesday allocated $10 billion to support the development of its poor regions where over 70 million people lived below the poverty line. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said that more than 66 billion yuan ($ 10 billion) has been approved for local authorities, up over 40 per cent year on year.
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CDFIs and High-Impact Investing | Opportunity Finance Network

CDFIs and High-Impact Investing | Opportunity Finance Network | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
"For 30 years, high-impact CDFI investments have provided people in disinvested and underserved communities with access to responsible, affordable finance.
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Morgan Stanley: Aligning Financial Returns with Impact Objectives

Morgan Stanley: Aligning Financial Returns with Impact Objectives | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

The impact investment community continues to grow and the need for increased capital to fund sustainability based investments is at an all-time high. Investors are searching for a way to align their financial returns with their impact objectives.

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What You Need to Know About Socially Responsible Investing

What You Need to Know About Socially Responsible Investing | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
Here's how to use your nest egg's powers for good.
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Data revolution: The role of private sector, citizens and government

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The true impact of climate change on corporations’ investment portfolios

The true impact of climate change on corporations’ investment portfolios | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it

Despite increased awareness of the opportunities, many investors are confused about the impact of carbon risk and climate change on their portfolio


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Remarkable report on ecosystems for #socent. Check it out at socentcity.org #SocentCity

Remarkable report on ecosystems for #socent. Check it out at socentcity.org #SocentCity | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
We conducted a national study among almost 400 social entrepreneurs who helped us identify four pillars of successful ecosystems. Find out which ecosystem is right for you, and which pillars are most important for your venture.
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Tweet from @DWMImpact | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
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Asia’s Banks Take Stand on Impact Investing

Asia’s Banks Take Stand on Impact Investing | Impact Investing and Inclusive Business | Scoop.it
A new fund from Credit Suisse and UOB seeks to help Asia’s poor and deliver healthy returns.
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