Mobile phones and other forms of mobile communication technology are making their mark on the developing world. The number of mobile subscriptions has grown to 6 billion, of which 5 billion are in developing countries, according to a World Bank report. More than 30 billion apps — pieces of software that extend the capabilities of phones were downloaded in 2011. It’s likely that record will be far surpassed in 2012.
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Maximpact has always hosted a wide variety of solar deals on our site. Today’s deals reflect key trends in the solar sector including a new focus on deployment of existing technologies, diversifying services to support other parts of the solar supply chain and offering sustainable energy solutions for off-grid users in emerging markets.
Some people believe that words like technology, design and creativity belong to the big cities. That big problems should be solved by big companies in big offices. We (Bornholm) as a small island have decided to prove them wrong: Innovation, solutions and development can take place anywhere at anytime by anyone.
EcoBasalt and MetalloTek are two companies giving cleantech a new polish. Both young companies use high tech materials to create products that clean the planet—and both are seeking investment on Maximpact.com
Imagine a Fair Trade-style eco-label for fossil fuels. A glance at the logo tells customers buying this fuel—or products made from it—that it’s produced using the highest environmental standards and in a way that helps rather than harms local communities. This is the idea behind Equitable Origin, the first and only independent certification and certification trading system for oil and gas production. It’s now seeking impact investment on the Maximpact deal site.”
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For cleantech impact, the outlook is positive. We’re expanding, entering the mainstream and becoming a widely accepted approach to doing business and doing good. The recent Impact G8 in London is one measure of how far impact has come in just a few short years.
Impact investing and cleantech seem to be made for one another. The ethical attraction is obvious: impact puts capital behind businesses that generate social and environmental benefit; cleantech comes up with innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Thermolysis. You may not have heard of this process yet, but if the team at Pyrum Innovations have their way, you may soon find yourself using the valuable raw materials or the oil, gas and electricity it produces. Pyrum Innovations started with the ambition to find breakthrough solutions to recycling polymer waste, the waste from used tires, bituminous roof insulation, weather stripping, various kinds of packaging and many other common items.
Interview/article with Tom Holland about his views on impact investing as a form of socially repsonsible investing.
Looking for a new kind of social investing for the 21st century? If so, plan to join Slow Money’s emerging network of thought leaders, investors, donors, farmers, social entrepreneurs and everyday folks for their 4th National Gathering this April in Boulder, CO. Two days of conversations, network building and action planning in a food-loving town. What could be better?
Interview with Arthur Wood and background on legal structures for the social finance sector
Interview with founder Tom Holland about why Maximpact takes an inclusive approach to defining impact.
At Maximpact,we pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to impact investing. An important part of our mission is to strengthen the sector by providing a place where a wide range of impact players can come together and make impact deals. To make this happen more effectively, we’ve adopted a very broad definition of impact investing, creating a “big tent” that invites a diverse range of players under the same roof.
The case of the Wello WaterWheel, now listed on Maximpact’s Intermediary Portal, shows how fast a good idea can catch on, attracting enthusiastic users, collaborators and investors from an early stage.
Cornelius Pietzner Interview
Supporting the sector-based shift in impact investing
Interview with Maximpact founder Tom Holland
LGT Venture Philanthropy (LGTVP) has launched a new impact investment fund with a global reach, Impact Ventures Global (IVG).
A webinar with Sir Ronald Cohen and Rosemary Addis gave a taste of what is to come from the full report of the G8 taskforce for Social Investing.
Uli Grabenwarter, Head of Strategic Development-Equity at the European Investment Fund talks to Maximpact.
Trading Social Impact: the Schizophrenia in Pricing Social Value.
The report of the Social Impact Investment G8 Taskforce hit the media on September 15 provoking a small flood of news stories and reaction pieces from governments, development agencies and third-sector bodies.