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Can CSR Help Drive an Entrepreneurial Impact Economy?


After working in impact investing for a short while, I have discovered a little secret that people don’t bring up enough: there is actually very little investment being made, especially for seed and early-stage companies. In fact, reports from JPMorgan forecast impact investing as a $400 billion investment opportunity over the next decade.

However, if there is little investment available for early-stage companies, how will the sector grow and social enterprise jobs be created? Continue reading.

Swimming in a Sea of Love: A Philanthropic Supply Chain is Key for Scalable Growth

Better World Books

The way to build a business that has the lowest costs and highest margins is to have your customers give you things that make you money. Moving social responsibility from public affairs or marketing and into the supply chain (with core revenue and profit goals attached) is a better way to run a company.

But, how do you get to that place where people trust you, rather than skeptically peering under the hood of your latest product to see what you are trying to get them to do that makes your corporation more money at their expense? Continue reading.

BLab: Branding the Mission is a Good Investment

Building investor trust the B Corps way. Co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert shows us on Talkback.

Designing the Future: The New Bamboo Finance Private Equity Group

Bamboo Finance

Bamboo Finance, a Swiss-based, commercial global investment advisory firm specializing in the financing of social entrepreneurship is four years old. Today, it manages $250 million with a staff of 25 investment professionals and a unique portfolio of direct investments around the world with offices in Bogota, Singapore, San Francisco, Luxembourg, and Geneva.

At Bamboo, we have developed key themes that guide us as we work on designing the future," says CEO Keely Stevenson. Five themes that help Stevenson and her team pick winners. On CSRwire.

Crowdfunding: Fad or Business Opportunity?

Can crowdfunding create a new market for entrepreneurs -- and investors? Continue reading.