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Acumen America


United States of America

Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies leaders and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.Acumen was incorporated on April 1 2001 with seed capital from the Rockefeller Foundation Cisco Systems Foundation and three individual philanthropists. Our desire was to transform the world of philanthropy by looking at all human beings not as distant strangers but as members of a single global community where everyone had the opportunity to build a life of dignity.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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ADB (Asian Development Bank)


Philippines

ADB s vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Despite the region s many successes it remains home to two thirds of the world s poor 1.8 billion people who live on less than $2 a day with 903 million struggling on less than $1.25 a day. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive economic growth environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration.Based in Manila ADB is owned by 67 members including 48 from the region. Its main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue loans equity investments guarantees grants and technical assistance.

Type: Bank Geography: Asia Impact: Income/Productivity Growth

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Beyond Capital Fund


United States of America

Beyond Capital Fund supports high potential entrepreneurs with innovative business models helping to fight poverty. Their investments address critical human needs providing basic services which are not currently available through traditional markets.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Eastern Africa Impact: Capacity Building

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Center for Greater Good


United States of America

The Center for the Greater Good is here to innovate and collaborate on ways end poverty. The initiative is to move 10% of investments from Wall Street into your streets. Center for Greater Good have helped bring $240M into US communities over the last 3 years.

Type: Investor Network Geography: United States of America Impact: Capacity Building

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Energy Excelerator


United States of America

Energy Excelerator is a startup program dedicated to helping solve the world's energy challenges starting in Hawaii. Energy Excelerator help innovative companies succeed in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific with funding strategic relationships and a vibrant ecosystem. Energy Excelerator is primarily funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research who made a $30M commitment to our program in 2013 U.S. Department of Energy and the corporate partners. Energy Excelerator focus on commercializing innovative solutions to the energy water transportation cybersecurity and agriculture challenges.

Type: Accelerator/Incubator Geography: United States of America Impact: Capacity Building

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Green Alpha Advisors


United States of America

Green Alpha s investment philosophy is straight forward don t invest in companies that cause global systemic risks instead invest in the solutions. That s the Next Economy.We have been redefining asset management since 2007 by investing in the Next Economy one in which solutions to our greatest systemic risks drive economic growth. Our economic thesis predicates that the global economy is moving to minimize the global primary systemic risks that have the power to undermine the economy s ecological and social underpinnings and therefore economic growth. These myriad threats can largely be placed within three major risk groups climate change resource scarcity and widening inequality. To arrive at a zero risk economy that allows the global economy to thrive indefinitely without succumbing to these threats it is necessary to both address systemic risks directly and increase economic efficiencies. As British environmental economist Nicholas Stern has said Strong investment in sustainable infrastructurethat s the growth story of the future. This will set off innovation discovery much more creative ways of doing things. This is the story of growth which is the only one available because any attempt at high carbon growth would self destruct. Carefully selected sustainable investments will benefit from these trends. In order to positively impact the economy institutions families and individuals can invest in public companies that are driving these trends. This does not mean companies that are publishing glossy sustainability reports or only marginally reducing the carbon footprint of their operations but firms that have made it their purpose to enable a thriving world with an indefinitely sustainable economy.Overall we believe that long term success as an asset manager requires that one cannot hold the causes of systemic risk since they will continue to fall out of favor over the long term. Fossil fuels and fossil powered generation provide prime examples. We see fossil fuel generation owners as poor long term holdings for two reasons. First they contribute to long term systemic risks such as climate change and resource (water soil oceans property values etc.) degradation and as such are very unlikely to persist as popularly supported economic assets over the medium and especially long term. Second we don't own them because they are decreasingly economically competitive. Within energy we only hold pure play renewables holdings that are carefully selected based on solid fundamentals and good growth for price.In addition we believe that innovation (often technology leveraged) provides more efficient and sustainable means of effecting legacy economic functions. This in turn paves the clearest path to long term competitive portfolio performance. As streamlined economically productive and risk mitigating approaches within each sector advance these companies will exhibit faster growth as they continue to gain market share from their legacy predecessors.Green Alpha s strategies offer allocations that decisively move assets away from major downside risks toward innovative economic solutions to these environmental social and economic risks. This shift is a forward looking strategy that simultaneously avoids these risks and enables exposure to the most exciting growth areas of the global economy.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: Global Impact: Agricultural Productivity

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SNV


Netherlands

SNV is an international not for profit development organisation. They believe that no one should have to live in poverty and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. We aim to make a lasting difference in the lives of people around the world.Starting out in the Netherlands over 50 years ago we work in over 30 countries in Africa Asia and Latin America. Our global team of advisors work with local partners to equip communities businesses and organisations with the tools knowledge and connections they need to increase their income and gain access to basic services empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

Type: Fund Geography: Latin America and the Caribbean Impact: Access to Energy

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Ultra Capital


Netherlands

Ultra Capital's goal is to help deliver efficiently distributed solutions to critical resource scarcity resulting from the rapid rise in population.

Type: Investment Fund Manager Geography: United States of America Impact: Access to Financial Services

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