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DC Community Ventures (DCCV), a member CDVC fund based in Washington DC, announced that it has provided $400,000 in revenue-based financing to support the growth of JRINK. JRINK is a leading cold pressed drink company offering a wide selection of healthy drinks to the nation’s capital region. JRINK will use the capital for additional locations, technology investment and better sourcing. “DC Community Ventures is committed to supporting JRINK’s continued growth,” stated Candler Young, co-Managing Partner for DC Community Ventures. “We were attracted to JRINK’s impressive management, current financial performance, product offering and commitment to provide jobs and management opportunities for women.” 87% of JRINK’s current employees are females, the vast majority of whom come from minority backgrounds. “We’re excited for the future of health & wellness; we believe that the food we consume should be natural and simple,” said Jennifer Ngai, co-founder of JRINK. “With the support of DC Community Ventures and our dynamic team, we believe JRINK is well-positioned to become a major player in the industry. We are thrilled that DC Community Ventures shares our mission for better living.” Read more >>
Member CDVC fund Bridges Ventures has been awarded the highest rating of A+ for its overall approach to responsible investment and its ESG practices in private equity. The PRI’s annual assessment process plays an important role in promoting best practice and transparency around ESG issues. Read more >>
Three early UK social impact bonds have been successful in paying back investors ahead of schedule. Two of the three SIBs, Career Connect and Teens & Toddlers, were backed by member CDVC fund Bridges Ventures and have been recommissioned for a second round. Andrew Levitt, investment director at Bridges Ventures and a board member for the UK-based Career Connect SIB, said: “The Career Connect story provides demonstrable proof that the excitement around social impact bonds isn’t just a case of hype over substance. The structure of the funding allowed Career Connect to experiment with new approaches, while the clear feedback loops inherent to the SIB model helped them to identify the most effective and focus their programme to reflect that. With a standard contract, none of this could have happened.” Read more >>
CDVCA member fund Bridges Ventures has released a few short films of four of their portfolio companies: The Gym Group (Sustainable Growth Fund II) WholeBake (Sustainable Growth Fund III) Edmund Street (Bridges Sustainable Property Fund) The Old Vinyl Factory (Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ2LGwNsHKg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRkRXMMf6uY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L00Oi5HvGA4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEJLDOwo9iI
Bridges Ventures, which manages several community development venture capital funds that are members of CDVCA, has closed on a real estate investment fund, Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III, with equity commitments of £212m – ahead of its original £200m target. The fund will focus on investments in low-income communities in the UK. This is the largest fund the firm has raised for any investment strategy to date. The Fund invests in direct property and property-backed businesses, focusing on regeneration areas, buildings showing environmental leadership, and niche sectors being affected by changing demographics and consumer needs – including healthcare, education, SME business space and affordable residential accommodation. Since its first close on more than £120m of equity commitments in April 2014, the Fund has successfully completed six deals in less than a year. Following these deals, about 40% of the Fund's capital has already been invested and committed. Read more.
SJF Ventures has announced its investment in California-based Raise.me, a company that empowers students to earn “micro-scholarships” throughout high school for their individual achievements. For higher-education professionals in admissions, financial aid or enrollment, Raise.me is a new way to get the word out about their schools and scholarships. It also allows them to connect with and attract a more diverse range of prospective students, including from populations that are underrepresented on their campuses. Read more.
CDVCA member fund Bridges Ventures recently announced its first investment in the United States with Springboard Education, a provider of affordable before- and after-school educational programming to 6,000 children at 52 public and charter schools. In addition to the financial investment, Bridges Ventures will also bring in experienced educators to the board of directors, help recruit additional team members, create opportunities for new school partnerships, and increase scholarships for disadvantaged students. Overall, the investment in Springboard Education will help increase accessibility to its programs, allowing tens of thousands of children cross the U.S. to be served. This first investment by Bridges' U.S. office builds on over a decade long's focus on education-sector investment by Bridges Ventures' principles in the U.S. and the U.K. Read more.
Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) is a private, for-profit, venture capital fund that invests in high potential companies across diverse industries based in California's low and moderate income communities. PCV has fueled the recovery since the end of the Great Recession five years ago. PCV has created 1,297 jobs for working people in underserved communities and empowered 867 companies across 25 states. The small business owners in PCV's network saw a 12% job growth. PCV also worked at a national and international level with policymakers and investors in 148 countries to build impact investing markets and drive more private capital toward social good and underserved communities. Download the report here.
Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) has released the report "Financing Social Innovation: Analyzing Domestic Impact Investing Policy in the United States." This report offers a view into the intersection of federal policy and impact investing in the U.S. It includes a look at both historic and present ways policy leverages private dollars for social and environmental impact, and offers a set of criteria for evaluating new impact investing policy proposals going forward. Download the report here.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State is launching a $2 million MWBE Investment Fund to provide seed financing to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises. "The launch of this first-of-its-kind investment fund will help further increase opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in New York and help this vitally important part of this state's economy grow," Governor Cuomo said. "Under this administration, great strides have been made to support these businesses and encourage diversity in the private sector, and this new fund will go a long way toward making those gains permanent and building a brighter future for New York." This fund will be managed by Rochester-based Excell Partners, one of the eight venture capital firms that make up New York State's Innovate NY Fund, L.P. CDVCA serves as the General Partner for the Innovate NY Fund, a $45 million seed stage business equity fund that supports innovation, job creation, and high growth entrepreneurship throughout New York State. Read more.