The PeakChange portfolio serves as a model for others to unlock and leverage their balance sheets to democratize impact investing. The portfolio includes investments across all impact themes through funds, direct equity investments, guarantees, and debt. PeakChange and our level of involvement in these opportunities has spanned everything from limited partnerships to guarantor to board memberships, depending on the need.
PeakChange helps entrepreneurial organizations and socially-relevant causes find their footing on the path to success.
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CirrusMD develops Mobile Physician Access solutions for large healthcare organizations. We allow everyone to access convenient, timely medical care with local physicians in the same way that doctors address concerns for their friends and family – through text and video chat. Our HIPAA-compliant platform allows providers to offer secure text messaging/image sharing and video visits to patients via mobile devices and web browsers.
Copia Global improves the quality of life for consumers at the economic Base of the Pyramid by providing easy, affordable access to trusted, reliable goods.
Copia Global is a for-profit, catalog order and delivery service for the peri-urban and rural populations of the developing world. By making accessible a wide range of trusted, reliable consumer goods - from rice to motorcycles, from mattresses to hammers, from soap to solar lights - Copia improves the quality of life for consumers at the economic Base of the Pyramid.
Copia recently received a big grant from Gates Foundation to fund the development and growth of their e-catalog, which is a part of Copia's business that JGD Ventures has been an active supporter of.
CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 13,700+ companies from 135 industries in 127 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.
DailyWorth is a content publisher focused on connecting a community of women around the topics of money management and personal finance.
DailyWorth stands out as the smart woman’s go-to source for everything money-related. In 2009, Amanda Steinberg founded DailyWorth to build a trusted platform for women to learn how to earn, manage, and love their money. DailyWorth gives practical expert advice, translate financial news, and share honest, personal stories.
Edthena helps teachers getting better at teaching by bringing the process of observation and feedback online. Teachers upload video of their teaching and someone on the other end can provide feedback at specific moments in time.
Ethelo is a powerful SaaS platform that helps organizations harness the wisdom of groups to solve difficult business problems and make decisions.
Everyone Counts has uniquely built a team of industry-leading, internationally recognized election administration, computer security, and usability experts to bring modern election administration and voting systems to election officials. Everyone Counts uses technologies, processes, and best practices that have been proven in other mission-critical industries throughout the world for decades. Their eLect® voting solution allows election administrators to cost-effectively ensure that every person in every democracy or membership organization in the world with the right to vote can easily do so privately, independently, and securely—and with full confidence that their vote is counted.
One thing Everyone Counts is currently excited about is being selected as a finalist for Colorado’s new voting system.
Babytime! by Episencial is the #1 organic brand of skincare in hospital birthing centers.
Episencial makes baby-safe, all-natural skincare products that support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions, like eczema, cradle cap and common dehydration. With clinically effective formulas designed to support the health and development of both the skin and body, Episencial provides a protective barrier to insulate vulnerable skin, offset environmental contaminants, and help keep children safe.
A GiftVest is a sum of money gifted or donated to 1to4 which is used to invest in social entrepreneurs presenting early stage, high impact, market based solutions to fight against extreme poverty.
Jail Education Solutions is determined to improve inmate outcomes, during incarceration and after release, by providing and incentivized educational programming, vocational training, and treatment resources delivered through tablet technology. Edovo, our self-driven platform, rewards users for their progress, provides tangible outcomes, and enables them to continue their progress upon release through any connected device.
Jibu equips aspiring entrepreneurs in East Africa to launch franchises to sell drinking water affordably to the poor. By providing seed financing, equipment, training, business consulting and more, Jibu provides these entrepreneurs with a turnkey business-in-a-box so they can open profitable and scalable water businesses designed to make safe water widely accessible. The integration of franchisor and banking functions is one of Jibu’s core game-changing innovations. This approach enables people to dream big and better control their own destinies by helping them jump-start a virtuous cycle of wealth-generation for themselves and job creation in their communities to more sustainably reach the world’s most vulnerable.
Kickboard is an innovative, collaborative classroom management tool that allows teachers to track and share behavioral and performance metrics of students in their classrooms with other faculty and parents. Some of the features offered include:
• Track and share behaviors in real-time
• Analyze classroom and school culture
• Standards-based grade book and mastery tracker
• Easily customized to meet any curriculum
• Track all phone calls, conferences, and home visits
• Record detailed comments
KnipBio is developing an ultra-high yield fermentation process with unique growth characteristics to address tightening supplies of fish meal and other nutritional gaps in formulated feeds. The inherent protein content of this biomass, enriched with valuable biomolecules and a favorable essential amino acid composition makes KnipBio's Meal (KBM) an innovative new solution towards making aquaculture more sustainable, healthier and profitable.
Komaza is a micro-forestry company based in Kenya working to get rural African dryland families out of poverty. Komaza creates life-changing income for poor farmers by helping them grow trees on their idle land for sale as high-margin wood products. Farmers are provided with comprehensive farm inputs, training and support to grow high quality trees, which are then harvested and sold by Komaza. Komaza aims to supply East Africa’s booming urban centers with sustainable, high-quality wood products at competitive prices, all grown by dryland families.
Recently Komaza was featured on Fast Company's Co.Exist and Tevis Howard received the Forbes 30 Under 30 award.
LearnZillion is dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development. Teachers develop expertise and insights while working with students, and have exceptional ideas for how to improve classroom learning. However, they have never been able to integrate that expertise into a curriculum that keeps getting better. LearnZillion believes that empowering teachers to collaborate and share best practices creates new possibilities for students, and the profession.
Locus Energy is a solar monitoring and data analytics platform provider for the distributed PV market — spanning the residential, commercial and utility sectors. Locus Energy’s cloud-based software aggregates and organizes large amounts of performance data from multiple sources, making it easier to access, manage and analyze, while its powerful PVIQ suite has the unique ability to identify the causes of a solar system’s failure to meet performance expectations. By providing “actionable” operations and management data that optimizes performance yields, Locus Energy’s PVIQ helps project stakeholders increase profitability, and also helps investors assess the value of solar PV assets. Founded in 2007, Locus Energy has offices in Hoboken, N.J., and San Francisco.
Powered by its Guarantor model, and with a special commitment to empowering women, MCE Social Capital makes loans to organizations helping people living in poverty improve their lives.
Jim Davidson is a Board Member
MedClimate CareConnect™ enables corporate wellness companies to be more efficient, expand their business and lower operating costs. MedClimate CareConnect™ allows corporate wellness companies and healthcare providers to streamline the caregiving process through communication and patient management mechanisms.
Medolac develops, manufactures and markets products that may have the ability to save and sustain the lives of premature infants and others suffering from gastrointestinal disease and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Medolac provides a range of never before seen human milk-based products for use in clinical and post discharge settings and is committed to maintaining the highest level of safety through superior product quality.
Runa supports sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon through brewing beverages from guayusa, a super-leaf packed with caffeine and antioxidants.
SunFunder is solar finance business based in San Francisco and Tanzania that connects investors to high-impact solar projects that improve the lives of low-income communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The company focuses on providing short-term, working capital and project finance loans forsolar lighting, phone charging, micro-grids and commercial solar projects. It raises and aggregates capital to finance solar projects from accredited and institutional investors through its SolarEmpowerment Fund (SEF) note issuances. Since 2012, SunFunder has launched 12 solar customer relationships, facilitated $1.2 million of project loans with zero defaults, and impacted more than 140,000 people in 6 countries with affordable solar energy.
Sun Cups mission is to create great tasting snacks that are allergen-friendly, made with responsible ingredients,and everyone can enjoy.
ThinkImpact is a social impact study abroad company that connects students with local community members in Rwanda, South Africa, and Panama. ThinkImpact approaches its work with both students and community members with the express purpose of transforming access to education and to opportunity. With the communities where ThinkImpact works, it seeks to open up new avenues to economic development and growth propelled by creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
ThinkImpact’s curriculum has been shaped by over a decade of experiences learning from the power of student ingenuity, the failure of traditional development models, and the success of social entrepreneurship in helping people create opportunities for themselves. An investment in ThinkImpact has meant the chance to support a forward-thinking approach to international education in the U.S. and economic empowerment at the base of the pyramid.
Jim Davidson is a Board Member.
Transparent Healthcare (THC) is a membership program that gives customers access to affordable healthcare. Today’s uninsured pay full retail prices when they go to the doctor. That retail rate is often 2-3 times more than the insurance reimbursement rate! With THC, customers never pay retail prices again, so they can pay deeply discounted prices and save every time they get care.
UClass imagines a world where schools don't guess. They know what curriculum is increasing student achievement. In August 2014, UClass raised 1 million dollars to launch a scientific study in 30 districts to answer the question: is your curriculum working? UClass CEO, Zak Rinelstein was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education.
UClass exited Spring 2015
Unleesh is a simple and powerful mobile app that publishes any existing curriculum in redefined social learning space. Using a structured path building framework and an expert path builder’s network, content becomes accessible, and in turn more successful, because users will learn the way millennials want to engage (in bite-size modules), on their mobile devices, and with each other. In the Unleesh platform, learners will become teachers by sharing their experiences with others and screen time is effectively balanced with face time. It is truly the new frontier in education.
Jim Davidson is a Board Member
Urban Green Development is a consciously aligned team of real estate developers, social entrepreneurs and financiers, united by our belief that business has a responsibility to actively effect positive change in the communities in which we operate.
Wash Cycle Laundry is a triple-bottom line company that is creating a launching pad back into the workforce for vulnerable adults and is proving that bikes are commercially-scalable alternatives to trucks for intra-metropolitan freight.
ADAP (A Different Approach to Poverty) Capital takes a solutions-based investment strategy, leveraging both the enormous power of the markets as well as directed intellectual capital focused on deepening the value of social enterprises in their pursuits to eradicate global poverty.
This two-part ADAP model is designed to identify and assist the most effective business strategies aimed at eradicating extreme poverty around the world. While ADAP Capital focuses on implementing innovative, market-based financing solutions for social enterprises, ADAP Advisory Services provides intellectual capital to entrepreneurs, deepening the value of their companies as they look to raise their first, formal qualified financing – the Series A. Ultimately, ADAP’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs, and their approach is designed to ignite change across multiple social sectors and to be catalytic in the development of a newer, purpose-driven economy.
Since inception in 2008, Aravaipa has argued that long term, capital-intensive Cleantech investments (solar generation, biofuel production, electric vehicle manufacturing, and wind generation) should be the domain of large corporations – the numerous VC-backed failures confirms this assessment. Aravaipa only invests in companies expecting to require less than an additional $10M in funding to reach profitability, so that Aravaipa can: (i) become the lead active investor with an initial investment of $250K to $1M, (ii) minimize the funding risk , and (iii) minimize the risk of excessive future dilution. Aravaipa expects to manage several funding rounds for its portfolio companies.
Better Ventures provides funding and support to technology startups building innovative solutions to big and important problems, from work and education to health and sustainability. Given the magnitude of these problems and the enormous market opportunities they represent, it takes the best and brightest minds armed with the best resources to address them. These are the people Better Ventures seek to back – entrepreneurs committed to using the tools and methodologies of the modern technology startup to build world-changing companies that make money and do good. Better Ventures is thinking big and expecting big results, and so are the entrepreneurs they back.
Dev Equity aims to help improve the lives of people living in low-income countries by investing in private companies that can make a positive social and environmental impact. By providing long-term capital and direct support, Dev Equity helps innovative companies in select Latin American countries expand their growth, profitability and impact. Recently, Dev Equity, L.L.C. was approved as a Certified B Corporation.
Jim Davidson is a General Partner
Sarona is a private investment firm, deploying growth capital to expansion-stage companies in frontier and emerging markets. Through the primary strategy of investing in local funds, Sarona seeks to build companies that deliver high risk-adjusted returns while promoting positive ethical, social and environmental values. Sarona aims to carefully select only those local managers who are able to demonstrate that they add real strategic and operational value to the companies they invest in. With the right partners and strategy, growing highly successful and profitable companies can have a significant developmental impact. This is what drives us: building a diversified portfolio of funds and companies to deliver Growth that Matters. Sarona is defined by three pillars: Private investments in fronteir and emerging markets, strong financial returns and ethical, social and environmental values.
SJF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, New York and San Francisco. Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $1MM to $10MM, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking growth capital.
SustainVCSM manages the Patient Capital Collaborative (PCC). PCC invests in companies that apply for financing through Investor’s Circle, an association of accredited investors who provide "Patient Capital for a Sustainable Future." Through PCC, SustainVCSM invests as the lead or participant in rounds of equity and equity-related securities as small as $500,000 and as large as $5,000,000.
Capital for PCC's funds is provided by high net worth individuals, many of whom are successful business entrepreneurs and are leaders in the field of sustainability.
Village Caital draws on the power of peer support to build enterprises that change the world. It takes a village to raise a successful entrepreneur. Through Village Caputal’s peer-driven programs, they harness the power of collective wisdom and collaborative learning to unleash truly disruptive, innovative ideas.