We have a unique opportunity in Colorado to define and grow impact investing as a means to achieving positive change. Coloradans have a big appetite for innovative solutions to complex problems and a deep sense of loyalty to Colorado — this isn’t just among Colorado natives. Those of us who got here as fast as we could also want to see Colorado businesses succeed and thrive. This ethos and effort will help scale impact investing as we enter into a new economy that will be more sustainable, resilient, regenerative and inclusive.
In May 2017, PeakChange spent a whirlwind week in East Africa. The immediate purpose of our trip was to engage with Jibu, one of our direct portfolio investments, while our long-term goal was to deepen further our understanding of the impact investing and social enterprise landscapes in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.
We believe that effective impact investment requires more than just the commitment of capital. Devotion of time, resources, experience, passion, and other applications of attention is necessary to optimize financial, social, and environmental returns on investment. Especially when it comes to investing in developing countries, there is no substitute for first-hand experience.
A week may not seem like a long time, but read on for Emily's 7 takeaways from 7 days.
At PeakChange we believe that, in order to foster a just and reflective society, we need to invest in the development of all kinds of entrepreneurs - not just the white guys in hoodies.
Reinventure sees emerging, vibrant networks of innovative entrepreneurs, many of whom are of color or are women, and all of whom have been overlooked by mainstream investors. There is an untapped pool of worthy founders who are pursuing scalable business opportunities, and addressing challenging social and environmental issues, yet lack the capital to grow.
Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, The United Nations Foundation, and Colorado's Office of Economic Development and International Trade brought together global entrepreneurs, Colorado innovators and social entrepreneurs, thought leaders in both public and private sectors, and academics across the front range to engage in Flight to Denver, a solutions summit bootcamp. PeakChange was asked to participate in the Flight to Denver to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems in pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Medolac is the only human milk company in the world led by a mother daughter duo, focused on social impact that matters - meeting the critical need for premature babies and empowering women. Medolac has taken the lead position globally in innovative infant nutrition products, serving five thousand babies over 1.5 million ounces of milk in three countries. Learn more about the Medolac Difference.
The “Beyond the Grid (BTG) Solar Fund,” SunFunder's new, $50 million capital pool for financing solar projects in developing countries, announced its first closing in October 2016. The BTG Fund will provide increased debt finance support for companies engaged in projects designed to leapfrog inadequate electricity grids in the emerging markets of Africa and Asia by building reliable photovoltaic generation and distribution capacity.
In 2015, I attended my first Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) in San Francisco (see my Newbie Takeaways here). How was my second year and SOCAP16 different?
In January 2016, The singular “they” was voted the word of the year by over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society. To date, the singular “they” has been endorsed by the AP-style book and Washington Post . “They” winning acceptance is a positive and intentional move toward making the English language more inclusive and avoiding gender-specific language traps.
Don’t we have a collective responsibility to ourselves and the next generation to promote gender-neutral language?
Join us for Women Powering Change 2016! Help us build momentum and investment in our community. Save your spot now and don't forget to register.
Remember, all relationships, both personal and professional, are political to some degree. And social capital is important. Get to know these 4 Relationship Statuses to understand the relationships you are in and see if you can make better sense of challenges you may be having. Trust but verify is a healthy way to engage with those in your life; and, if all else fails, limit the damage.
Colorado Impact Days and Initiative raised awareness of “Impact Investing with a Gender Lens” last month (March 2-4). As a follow-on, I’m thrilled to be co-hosting the Women Transforming Social Impact networking event on May 12 in Denver to promote collaboration, communication, and connection within the Gender Lens space. Join me. Let’s dig into the conversation together.
Gender Lens Investing tends to be a catchall term for investing in women. Yet, the story is so much deeper. Investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders are now asking increasingly pointed questions about financial inclusion, diversity in the workplace, and gender equity, as a result of exploring these issues through a gender-nuanced lens applied to impact investing.
Accredited impact investors, foundations, and family funds have varying degree of experience and comfort investing in social ventures. CO Impact Days encourages all members of the impact community to “Learn. Connect. Invest.”
The fundamental underpinning for EARTH University is the philosophy that leaders should possess ethical values contributing to sustainable development and construction of a prosperous and just society. Following graduation, EARTH encourages students to return to their countries of origin, so they can apply and implement the lessons learned from their education.
This is not a new topic. In fact, many people agree about the importance of the methods that should be used to make Angel intros. However, it’s something I continue to see entrepreneurs struggle with. I get hundreds of emails in my inbox that I try to conquer daily (except for that one time when I declared email bankruptcy...but that’s a subject for another blog). The majority of these emails are requests for introductions and connections to my network: “Can you connect me with……” or “Do you know any Angels or VCs I can talk to about….”.
PeakChange, Inc. announced expansion of its management consulting services for startup and early-stage social ventures, beginning January 18, 2016. “PeakGovernance” services help young companies establish effective institutional governance, focusing on the recruitment and development of boards of directors and advisors. “PeakRelations” services provide resources for efficient communications between a company’s managers and investors.