Reporting from SoCap 2010: Convincing one wealthy donor to invest $50M to provide education loans to underserved individuals seems like a daunting task. But what about convincing 1 million people to invest just $50 each? Could you convince the millions of people that make charitable donations every year to instead make a loan to a … Continued
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How can your company get involved in promoting sustainability for the next generation? Lexus seems to have gotten it right with its “Lexus Eco Challenge.” While Lexus has established itself as the leading luxury green automotive line, it is also a leader in developing a stellar environmental educational program for students in the K-12 system. … Continued
This post is the part of a special series on Clean Energy and the BoP leading up to the launch of the report “Power to the People” in Mumbai on the 28th of September 2010. The first article of this series can be found here: Power to the People Part 1 The launch announcement of the Global Alliance … Continued
After conducting interviews with clients, industry analysts, and senior Deloitte energy practitioners, Deloitte outlines the top ten issues and trends it sees for 2011 in its first renewable energy report. Here are their findings: Tangled Regulations Inhibit Progress Two steps forward and three steps back. Inconsistent regulations in each country, difficulty getting funding, and a lack … Continued
A great deal of impact investing takes place through traditional financing models including private equity, venture capital, and debt financing. However, there is also a movement to develop new impact investment vehicles that capitalize on both for-profit and government funding for solving social problems. Social Finance UK has pioneered one of these new vehicles: the … Continued
Quoting Nike CEO Phil Knight at his afternoon keynote at SoCap 2010, Jay Coen Gilbert says: “No one gets excited about a product. They get excited about a brand.” It is for this reason that GIIRS, the Global Impact Investment Ratings System, is creating a brand: a new asset class of impact investing. Created by … Continued
The World Resources Institute recently authored a report that states renewable energy is a potential US$2.1 billion alone market for India’s poor. Such opportunity exists because about 45% of India’s poorest rural households still do not have reliable access to the electricity grid, and 85% of them use free—and dirty—forms of fuel for cooking. The last reliable statistics are from 2005, but even if those percentages have decreased, there is still potential for creative entrepreneurs.
Anthropologie now sells scarves produced by a cooperative based in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. The Ingenzi Knit Union, which employs about 40 women, knitted the accessories, which on average retail for about US$48. The added bonus: 100% of the proceeds will go towards additional skills training in Rwanda.
Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued
Can a simple thing like a $25 clean-burning cookstove save lives, combat climate change, and improve our global economy? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Foundation, U.S. State Department, and the Clinton Global Initiative think so. They, and other partners, have formed a public-private partnership to develop and distribute cookstoves in developing countries. The … Continued
Yesterday I wrote about some of the trends I noticed at TechCrunch Disrupt. Today I want to tell you about my favorite startups. Criteria for being a favorite include: innovation, useful to me, potentially applicable beyond the Silicon Valley elite and/or useful to a do-gooder sort of organization. Also, I got to demo each of … Continued
Haitians have endured a most excruciating year. Recovery from the January earthquake has progressed far too slowly, funds promised for the relief effort have been slow to arrive–and funds deposited have often been squandered. Reconstruction has been painful–much of it has been done by hand. But technology should have a role in rebuilding one of … Continued
By: Art Decker In some ways, starting a new business is about more than making money. It’s about personal transformation. Being an entrepreneur means depending on yourself to take care of yourself — not relying on another party, such as your parents, your employer, or even a pension fund — to provide for your materials … Continued
Solar cooking has always been doable. Camping, after all, means retrofitting a cardboard box, lining it with aluminum foil, and slow baking a pineapple upside down cake. Well, at least that was a memory camping at the beach back in the 1970s. Camping food has improved over the years, evolving from freeze-dried chili macaroni that … Continued
Global climate change is on the minds of many, but some of Earth’s inhabitants are noticing the change more quickly than others. This is because many people, particularly those living in developing countries, have traditionally close ties to the land, relying on natural resources every day for survival. As our environment continues to deteriorate, impoverished … Continued