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Impact Investment Advocates Ring The Closing Bell At The NYSE

April 23, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   0 Comment

Representatives and guests from the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Global Task Force on Social Impact Investment rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today to raise awareness about the role of public and private innovation and entrepreneurship in solving our greatest social and environmental challenges. “Our society faces challenges that cannot be solved by government and philanthropy alone, spurring innovative approaches that harness the efficiency and discipline of markets. Impact investments deploy private capital for public good and are intentionally designed to deliver social or environmental benefits as well as financial return,” said Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance U.S. and co-chair of the National Advisory Board. Matt Bannick, Managing Partner of Omidyar Network, co-chairs the National Advisory Board with Palandjian. For more information, visit www.mysocialgoodnews.com

Bridges Ventures Announces Final Close of Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund III

October 09, 2013  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   0 Comment

CDVCA member fund Bridges Venture has successfully completed final close of the Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund III. The fund closed at £125M, surpassing its original target of £100m, and is two-thirds larger than their second £75m fund raised in 2007. The fund will continue Bridges Ventures’ focus on the provision of growth capital to small businesses, while seeking both commercial returns and positive social impact. Through its new fund, Bridges seeks to build on its extensive track record of investment - the firm recently won "Venture Exit of the Year" in the prestigious British Private Equity Awards 2013 for its partial divestment of The Gym Group. The successful fundraise also speaks to growing interest among investors in sustainable and impact investment. New investors in the fund include the European Investment Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority. For more information, visit www.bridgesventures.com.

CDVCA Takes General Partner Role in $45M New York State Fund

CDVCA serves as the General Partner for New York State’s “Innovate NY Fund, L.P.,” an economic development Fund of Funds, consisting of limited partnership investments into eight New York State-focused, early-stage venture funds.   The $45 million fund is a seed stage business equity fund to support innovation, job creation, and high growth entrepreneurship throughout the state. The Innovate NY Fund is supported with $35 million in State funds (allocated from the US Treasury’s SSBCI Program) and $10 million from Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, and will leverage up to $450 million in additional private investment. The purpose of the Innovate NY Fund is to promote technology-led economic growth in the state through targeted investments by regional venture fund managers (the “Seed Funds”) into over 100 seed and early stage companies; and to encourage additional private sector investment across the state.  Unique among state-funded venture capital programs, Innovate NY Fund recognizes that effective statewide growth must include its lower income populations.  The Fund’s investment criteria include a requirement to invest a portion of proceeds in businesses located in lower income communities, or to meaningfully employ individuals from these communities. New York’s approach has been to collaborate with private investors, which includes Goldman Sachs as a limited partner, and through an effective matching investment requirement for the participating funds.  As part of the Small Business Jobs Act signed into law in September 2010, the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) was created under the US Department of the Treasury to provide direct support to states ...

Bridges Community Ventures Has Big News

July 18, 2013  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   0 Comment

The Gym - A UK Dynamo CDVCA Member Fund Bridges Ventures sold its majority stake in The Gym, a milestone deal for Bridges and its fourth successful realization in just over 12 months, following the exits of The Hoxton (9x multiple), Pure Washrooms (3.4x) and Whelan Refining (4.7x). The Gym - incubated by Bridges from concept stage and now operating from 37 sites across the UK - is a prime example of how strong commercial results and excellent social impact can go hand-in-hand. The sale generated a 50% IRR and 3.7x multiple for investors in Bridges funds, of which a minority was rolled over to retain a 25% stake in The Gym going forward, enabling Bridges investors to benefit from the future growth in the business. The Vet - Low Cost Veterinary Clinics Bridges portfolio company The Vet, a low-cost, high quality veterinary services business, has opened the doors of its first clinic in Hengrove, Bristol. With the cost of veterinary services and pet insurance on the increase, The Vet hopes to fill a gap in the market for better, more flexible and fairly-priced veterinary services. Bridges incubated the business and provided funding and working capital through the Bridges Sustainable Growth Fund III and there are plans to roll-out the model to other sites across the UK, mainly located in underserved areas. G8 Social Impact Investing Forum Bridges was honored to be part of the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum, hosted by the Cabinet Office on 6th June. The event gave Bridges the opportunity ...

Call on Your Senators to Support Tax Reform and the NMTC by July 26th

Earlier this month, Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote to their Senate colleagues asking for comments and feedback on tax reform. In the letter, Senators Baucus and Hatch describe the “blank slate” approach they will take in reforming the tax code and the only provisions, credits, or deductions that will be continued after tax reform are those that meet: "(1) help grow the economy, (2) make the tax code fairer, or (3) effectively promote other important policy objectives." Senators have been asked to submit their comments or recommendation letters to the Finance Committee by Friday, July 26th and the submissions will not be made public by the Finance Committee. It is important that Senators hear from CDFI about the tax provisions that are critical to the community development and economic revitalization efforts in their home states – particularly the impact of the New Markets Tax Credit, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and the Historic Tax Credit. In an effort to encourage Senators to comment on the these tax provisions that help fuel the work of CDFI – the Coalition has drafted language on the New Markets Tax Credit, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and the Historic Tax Credit that CDFIs can encourage their Senator(s) to include or reference in comments they submit to the Finance Committee. Suggested Language for Senators Drafting Tax Reform Comment Letters: NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) is ...

CDFI Recertification Update

The CDFI Coalition sent a letter to the CDFI Fund regarding the certification/recertification process on March 21, 2013. The Coalition requested that the CDFI Fund take steps to ensure that no CDFI was de-certified without notice of potential deficiencies in their recertification applications and an opportunity to cure deficiencies. As stated in our letter, which can be found here, there could be serious and potentially irreparable harm in de-certifying a group, such as putting the group in default of Financial Assistance, Technical Assistance or New Markets award agreements, or in default of other agreements that require the entity to be a certified CDFI. In response to the Coalition’s concerns, the Fund published a Frequently Asked Questions document yesterday. The key element of that document is the Fund’s commitment to contact any applicant for recertification at least once during the review process if there are documents or materials that are deemed necessary to complete the review. The Fund has set a 90- day timeframe for the 2013 recertification process - during such time a CDFI could cure whatever the deficiency might be. However, the Fund has indicated that, in its discretion, it may not allow a cure period for certain deficiencies, such as inability to demonstrate legal status at time of application; inability to demonstrate primary mission of community development, and/or evidence of government affiliation or control. The recertification timeframe could have a negative effect on individual CDFIs with pending Financial or Technical Assistance applications in the FY 2013 funding round. ...

SJF Ventures Raises its Third Fund with $90 Million

May 06, 2013  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   0 Comment

SJF Ventures conducted the final closing on its third fund with more than $90MM in capital commitments, tripling the size of the previous $28MM second fund. The target for SJF Ventures III was $75MM and the fund was substantially oversubscribed at its final April closing. “We are honored that so many investors choose to join our partnership,” said David Kirkpatrick, SJF Managing Director and Co‐Founder. “We are particularly excited that a wide variety of bank, insurance, foundation, family office, pension, mutual fund, and individual investors have recognized that SJF’s impact investing strategy can yield above market financial and mission results.” SJF’s current, second fund is performing in the top quartile all US venture capital funds of its vintage year. SJF Ventures invests in high growth, positive impact companies seeking expansion capital rounds of $1MM to $10MM. SJF has invested in 36 portfolio companies over the last decade. “We realize SJF’s success is due to the exceptional results achieved by our portfolio companies such as Aseptia, BioSurplus, CleanScapes, Community Energy, eRecyclingCorps, Fieldview, Optoro, MediaMath, MedPage Today, and ServiceChannel,” said David Griest, SJF Managing Director. “We are eager to find the next set of great entrepreneurs for our third fund.” SJF Third Fund Press Release

Community Development Investment Review Highlights New Social Impact Bonds – “Pay for Success”

Social Impact Bonds (Pay for Success) offer an attractive alternative to the status quo of paying for programs instead of results. Despite our best efforts, the poverty rate today is roughly what it was when the War on Poverty began in 1964. We are winning important battles but losing the war. A new social policy paradigm is needed. Pay for Success financing has the potential to improve the social sector’s effectiveness by rewarding programs that work, encouraging innovation, validating progress, and attracting private capital to the anti-poverty cause. As George Overholser and Caroline Whistler write in the latest issue of The Community Development Investment Review, it would “redirect and refocus our abundant resources, relentlessly, toward the innovations that demonstrate an ever-improving ability to deliver the results our communities need.” Certainly, important questions remain about Pay for Success. Equally important, however, is can we afford to pay for anything less? For full content: http://www.frbsf.org/publications/community/review/vol9_issue1/index.html

Bridges Ventures launches new Social Impact Bond Fund

Bridges Ventures (Bridges) and Big Society Capital have today announced the launch of the Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund. The first of its kind, the fund will invest in charities and social enterprises to deliver programmes designed to improve social outcomes in areas such as education, employment, housing and care for vulnerable young people. The new £14 million fund will be managed by Bridges with Big Society Capital acting as cornerstone investor alongside the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund, Omidyar Network and Panahpur. Charities and social enterprises play a crucial role in addressing tough societal challenges and providing life-changing support to the most vulnerable.  However, philanthropic capital is not enough to scale up the work of these organisations driving a growing need for new and sustainable funding sources for social sector organisations. The Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund aims to be a sustainable source of funding and support for social sector organisations delivering social outcomes-based programmes. The new vehicle is part of the £56 million investment commitments announced by Big Society Capital since its launch in April last year. Read the full press release here: http://www.bridgesventures.com/news/launch-bridges-social-impact-bond-fund

SBA Innovation Chief Sean Greene becomes Entrepreneur in Residence at the Case Foundation

May 02, 2013  |   Industry News,Member News,Public Policy,Research   |     |   0 Comment

The Case Foundation announced today that Sean Greene has joined the organization as Entrepreneur in Residence. Having spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and investor, Mr. Greene most recently served as Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). At the SBA, Mr. Greene was responsible for both the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, a growth capital program with approximately $18 billion of assets under management, as well as the Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) program, one of the government's largest innovation programs, which provides over $2 billion of R&D funding to small businesses each year. He also led SBA's efforts focused on stimulating high-growth entrepreneurship and was one of the key leaders in the Administration's Startup America initiative. “Whether creating and supporting initiatives like the Startup America Partnership, or incorporating the spirit of innovation and risk-taking into our work, entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do at the Case Foundation,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and an active investor and entrepreneur. “Sean Greene has a thorough understanding of the innovations that happen at the intersections of profit and purpose, and we’re thrilled to have him lend his experience to our work.” In his role, Mr. Greene will help the Case Foundation evaluate and refine its efforts to revitalize communities by supporting entrepreneurship. Leveraging his experience in launching a $1B impact investing initiative at the SBA, he will join Senior Fellow Sonal Shah playing a key role ...

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