More than 1400 companies around the world are already certified B corps. This month, as the B Corp movement officially hit the UK, the Bridges Ventures released a paper to provide an investors perspective on the growing movement. Entitled “To B or not to B”, the paper aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges presented by the B corp movement.
On September 14th, the Kauffman Foundation published a report titled “The Importance of Young Firms for Economic Growth", showing that young and growing companies have accounted for nearly all net new job creation in the economy in the eight years of recovery since the Great Recession. These results mirror past research findings showing that these firms were virtually the exclusive engines of job growth prior to the recession as well. These rapidly-growing companies are precisely the target market of community development venture capital funds, which focus on job-creating growth investments in under-invested urban and rural communities throughout the nation.
For small staffed foundations, entering the impact investment field presents a unique set of challenges. To address these challenges Arabella advisors put together "Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations". Published on September 9, 2015, the guide offers tools, strategy advice and real world examples. Featuring 21 case studies, the guide maps out best practices to enable small staffed foundations to become skilled impact investors.
On June 18th 2015, wealth insight published Insight Report: "Impact Investments 2015 - Global Opportunities". By identifying product and service offering by banks in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, the report aims to provide a guide for examining market potential of these regions. Key experts in the field provide insights on current trends and future projections, while highlighting successful strategies for wealth management.
A new Seattle-based global business accelerator called Capria seeks to provide investment support and help for new fund managers backing early-stage startups. Offering everything from capital, technical know-how, and connections to other fund managers, the accelerator takes on a longer-term commitment than the typical accelerator. Focusing on funds of about $8 to $15 million, the accelerator offers a 4-week training program during which the new fund managers establish their investment thesis among other things. Learn more