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VIDEO: Bridges Ventures Portfolio Companies

July 01, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on VIDEO: Bridges Ventures Portfolio Companies

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 Announces Final Close of Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III

June 26, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Bridges Ventures Announces Final Close of Bridges Property Alternatives Fund III

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 Invests in Raise.me

June 24, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on SJF Ventures Invests in Raise.me

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.

Bridges Ventures Makes First U.S. Investment with Springboard Education

June 24, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Bridges Ventures Makes First U.S. Investment with Springboard Education

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. 

PCV Releases Five-Year Impact Report

June 19, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on PCV Releases Five-Year Impact Report

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.

PCV Publishes a Report on Domestic Impact Investing Policy in the U.S.

June 19, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on PCV Publishes a Report on Domestic Impact Investing Policy in the U.S.

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.

Excell Partners to Manage $2M Investment in Minority and Women-Owned Start-Ups

June 19, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Excell Partners to Manage $2M Investment in Minority and Women-Owned Start-Ups

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.

CDFI Fund Appropriations Update

June 29, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on CDFI Fund Appropriations Update

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY ’15 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill. The Committee's bill includes $230 million for the CDFI Fund – an increase of $4 million over current year funding and $5.1 million over the President’s budget request. As the chart below shows, the House bill sets aside $177 million for the Fund’s Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) grant programs, and those set-asides are provided in bill language. In addition, $15 million is set aside for the Native American CDFI Initiative, $18 million for the Bank Enterprise Awards (BEA) program, and $20 million for CDFI Fund administrative expenses. The House Appropriations Committee did not include funds for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) or authority for the CDFI Bond Program, as requested by the President. This past Tuesday, June 24th, the Senate Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY '15 spending bill. While the bill has not been released to the public, Senator Udall (D-NM), who Chairs the Subcommittee, spoke during the mark-up about his commitment to "target resources to boost job creation and community development," including $230 million for the CDFI Fund in the spending bill, along with $1 billion in CDFI Fund Bond authority. A press release issued by the Appropriations Committee reported some--but not all--of the CDFI Fund set-asides, including $1 million to promote CDFI expansion into underserved areas, $35 million for HFFI, and $18 million for BEA. Additional information on the Senate's FSGG Appropriations ...

Transform
 Finance
 Investor
 Network
 Launches
 with Pledge of $556M at
 White
 House 
Event



June 27, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Transform
 Finance
 Investor
 Network
 Launches
 with Pledge of $556M at
 White
 House 
Event



Washington
 DC,
 June 
25, 
2014 Transform
 Finance
 Investor
 Network
 Launches
 With
 Pledge
 of
 $556 million “Transformative”
 Investments 
at
 White 
House
Event A
 group 
of 
leading
 private
 sector 
investors,
 at
 a 
high‐level 
roundtable
 on 
impact
 investing 
convened
 by
 the
 White
House,
  has
pledged
 $556
 million 
to
 a
 range 
of
 social
 investments
 using 
a
 novel
 investment
 approach
 centered 
on 
social 
justice 
and
community 
value
 creation. On
 June
 25,
 2014, 
the 
White 
House
 hosted
 a
round table
 on 
impact 
investing, 
during
 which
 some 
20
 new
 private 
sector
commitments 
were
 made 
to 
drive
 more
 than
 $1.5 
billion 
into 
investments 
that
 intentionally
 generate 
measurable
 social
 or
environmental 
impact

 as 
well
 as 
financial
 return. The 
group
 of 
investors 
convened 
by 
the 
Transform
 Finance
 Investor
 Network,
 concerned 
about 
a
 trend
 in
 impact 
investing 
that
stops 
short
 of
 truly
 transformative 
impact,
 pledged 
to 
invest
 in
 alignment
 with 
the 
transformative
 finance
 principles
 of: (1) 
engaging
 communities 
in 
the
 design,
 governance,
 and 
ownership 
of
 projects
 (2)
 creating 
more 
value 
for
 c ommunities
 than 
is
extracted 
by 
investors
 (3) 
fairly 
allocating
 risks
 and
 rewards
 between 
investors, 
entrepreneurs,
 and 
communities The 
group 
of 
Transform 
Finance
 Investor
 Network
 investors 
includes 
Pi 
Investments,
 Blue
 Haven
 Initiative,
 New
 Belgium
Family
 Foundation,
  ReInventure
 Capital, 
and
 The
 Working
 World.
 These
 members 
will
 invest
 across
 asset
 classes,
 geographies,
and
 verticals. “This
 is
 a 
novel 
approach
 that
 puts
 capital
 at
 the 
service
 of
 community
 needs.
 We
 hope 
that
 through
 our
 participation 
in
 the
Transform
 Finance
 Investor 
Network,
 we
 can
 help 
build 
a
 vibrant 
community
 of 
sophisticated 
investors
 who
 deeply
 believe 
in
empowerment
 and
 intend 
to 
consider 
and 
prioritize
 community
 benefit
 in 
every
 investment 
we
 make,”
said
 Brendan
 Martin,
President
 of
 The
 ...

Impact Investment Advocates Ring The Closing Bell At The NYSE

April 23, 2014  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Industry News,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Impact Investment Advocates Ring The Closing Bell At The NYSE

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

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