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New Biomimicry Deals Seeking Investment

Biomimicry Deals Live on Maximpact

Biomimicry, a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, is an emerging field that is increasingly catching interest from impact investors and social businesses. We discuss three new biomimicry impact deals currently seeking investment on Maximpact platform.

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19 Ways to Find Funding for Impact!

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At Maximpact we believe that more funding options are needed to increase deal flow and foster sector growth. Our registered members can choose among 19 different funding possibilities.

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The New Role of Impact Intermediaries

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The impact landscape is changing fast and progressive impact intermediaries are changing with it. In a recent article by Willy Foote for Forbes, Foote spoke to Antony Bugg-Levine, head of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) about some of the current challenges facing impact investing intermediaries. Read our summary and opinion on this evolution in impact intermediaries.

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Changing the Way We Measure Impact

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Impact measurement practice is moving on —thank goodness. This article charts the highlights of ANDE’s 2013 Impact Measurement Conference, showing what effective impact metrics look like today.

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PLAYA VIVA: READY FOR INVESTMENT

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Playa Viva ticks all the boxes for a great holiday destination: a luxurious boutique hotel in an idyllic tropical location with wonderful food and a pristine beach. It’s so good Elle magazine chose it as one of the world’s top Conscious Getaways for 2013.

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GREENPOP: FIGHTING DEFORESTATION WITH FUN

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Greenpop is a social enterprise that combats deforestation by organizing community-based tree planting projects, green action events, educational workshops, social media campaigns and green voluntourism. Based on the idea that sustainability can be fun and empowering for communities, Greenpop started in September 2010 and has since planted over 17,000 trees in over 200 beneficiary schools, crèches, old-age homes and community centers as well as deforested areas in Southern Africa. This map shows the extent of their work.

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CLEAN DEALS: SANITATION SECTOR ACTIVITY ON MAXIMPACT

Sanitation may not be the most glamorous part of the social benefit sector but it’s potentially big business: Current estimates value the market for products and services at $80 billion over ten years. With this incentive, businesses are starting to take up the sanitation challenge. Several of the most promising innovators are listed on Maximpact today.

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EVOLUTION OF A PIONEERING APPROACH: THE WORLD SANITATION FINANCING FACILITY

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The World Sanitation Financing Facility (WSFF) started life as a timely idea. Born out of a conversation between Arthur Wood, then global head of Ashoka’s social financial services, Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Association and World Toilet Day, and Dr Guy Hutton, the leading Sanitation Economist for the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), it came into being just as the wave of interest in social benefit investing was gaining momentum.

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