Novogradac NMTC Working Group submits recommendations to Senate Committee

September 18, 2017  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Novogradac NMTC Working Group submits recommendations to Senate Committee

In line with its efforts to address regulatory and administrative issues of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, the Novogradac NMTC Group submitted recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee last August 2017. Among its recommendations were obtaining permanency for the NMTC program, increasing the program's annual credit authority, and modifying the recapture rules to enable greater efficiency. For full details, read the article here.

Innovate fund Incubator Lab wins big in Worlds Largest Business Competition

November 18, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Innovate fund Incubator Lab wins big in Worlds Largest Business Competition

On October 29th 2015, two Innovate fund investments were named winners of the World's Largest Business Idea Competition, "43North", in which $5mm is awarded to 11 businesses as $250K-$1M investments along with business support. The business support ranges from mentoring advice from seasoned professionals in related fields, free incubator space in Buffalo for a year, as well as access to programs like the Start-Up NY program of tax-free zones. As an extra boost for the area, the contest gets 5% ownership in the companies, and they have to remain in Buffalo for the year of the contest. This means that even if the companies leave after their year of residency, the area will benefit. The competition operates through the support of the New York Power Authority is part of Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Bill initiative and drew 11,000 applications from 117 countries and all 50 states. The winning companies both belong to Z80 technology incubator lab, an Innovate fund investment. Based in Buffalo New York, the lab provides entrepreneurs the ability to build new and innovative tech companies in Buffalo. Two of the labs start-ups emerged as winners from the 43 North competition. CoachMePlus, a sports training data tracker, walked away with $250K while ACV Auctions,  an app that allows car dealers to sell vehicles in 20-minute online auctions, took top prize of $1M.

Bridges Ventures Investment Goes Public

November 11, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog,Member News   |     |   Comments Off on Bridges Ventures Investment Goes Public

On Monday November 9th, The Gym Group, a portfolio company of Bridges Ventures Sustainable Growth Fund II (Bridges II), made an initial public offering of its stock on the London Stock Exchange, at a valuation of £250million. The Gym’s shares rose to 204¼p on its first day of trading, or 5% above the 195p issuance price. Bridges Ventures is a long-time member of CDVCA, and the CDVCA Central Fund was an early investor in Bridges II. All told, Bridges II has committed £17.5 million to The Gym Group, across multiple financing rounds. As part of this public offering, Bridges II sold about a third of its stake, retaining a 14% shareholding in the company. Based on Monday’s offer price, the fund’s investment in The Gym is currently valued at 5.8x cost. The Gym Group – which was co-founded by Bridges alongside CEO John Treharne in 2007 – pioneered the low-cost gym concept in the UK. Offering flexible, affordable gym memberships, with two-thirds of its sites in economically challenged areas, it provides accessible exercise facilities (and jobs) to an under-served demographic. After opening its first location in Hounslow in 2008, it added 20 new locations within its first three years of operation; today it has 66 locations and over 363,000 members, a third of whom have never been members of a gym before.Between 2012 and 2014, the company’s revenue increased from £22.3m to £45.5m – a compound annual growth rate of 43% – while adjusted EBITDA more than doubled to £16.7m. The Gym has raised £90m from the float: it plans to use £75m to pay down debt and the remainder to fund expansion. The company, which is now the only fitness chain listed on ...

US Labor Department Releases New Guidance Note on Economically Targeted Investments for Pension Funds

November 02, 2015  |   Public Policy   |     |   Comments Off on US Labor Department Releases New Guidance Note on Economically Targeted Investments for Pension Funds

On October 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 ("IB 15-01"), which provides clarification on the conditions under which a fiduciary of a plan that is subject to the fiduciary standards of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") may invest plan assets in economically targeted investments ("ETIs"). Put simply, the conditions required for ERISA pension funds to able to invest in ETIs. The guidance note substitutes the Bush administration's language in the 2008 bulletin, ("IB 08-01"), which is widely considered to have had a startling effect on economically targeted investing  and reinstates the 1994 guidance, ("IB 94-01"). The IB 94-01 allowed fund managers to consider social and environmental concerns in their investment decisions. The DOL cites the dissuading effect of the IB 08-01 language on fiduciaries propensity to consider ETI investments, one of the main reasons for switching back to the language of IB 94-01. This new guidance clarifies to fiduciaries that there are no additional considerations that fiduciaries must examine when contemplating ETIs. Instead,   social benefit might serve as a "tiebreaker" when evaluating two investment opportunities that with the same potential financial return. The Community Development Capital Alliance strongly supports this important guidance note for its ability to open the door for fund managers to consider social impact investments while satisfying their fiduciary duty to pension holders

Register Now for the Opportunity Finance Network Conference

October 29, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Register Now for the Opportunity Finance Network Conference

In less than two weeks, innovative CDFI practitioners will gather for the OFN Conference. Register today for a chance to enjoy sessions such as: CDFI Public Policy Initiatives Roundtable Tuesday, November 10 White House briefings? The Office of Management and Budget? Why do these things matter when we are in the business of responsible lending? Because Federal and State policies affect how CDFIs operate on a daily basis, and can influence our industry's future. Come participate in this CDFI Public Policy Roundtable discussion. CDFI Performance and Growth: A 20-Year Longitudinal Analysis Wednesday, November 11  OFN recently completed a 20-year analysis of OFN Member CDFIs' performance, including a growth rate analysis of a set of CDFIs that have been OFN Members for the entire time period. At this session, you'll hear the results of the study, learn the characteristics of CDFIs with different growth rates, and discuss what the findings mean for CDFIs, funders, investors, and the future of the industry. The report will be released during the OFN Conference. Advancing OFN's CDFI Industry Equity Plan Thursday, November 12 In 2014, OFN began developing a diversity, inclusion, and equity strategy for itself with the stated goal of extending and expanding that work across the CDFI industry. In October 2015, the OFN Board approved OFN's plan to increase opportunities for Members to participate in Equity work, support that work, and increase understanding of and support for industry-wide Equity activity going forward. The purpose of this work is for OFN Members and other CDFIs to make Equity an integral part ...