Mark Cuban-backed LuminAID receives first U.S. patent, completes $2 million in sales through 2015

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Mark Cuban-backed LuminAID receives first U.S. patent, completes $2 million in sales through 2015

Humanitarian organizations have been using LuminAID products in their operations including ShelterBox, Médecines Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and the United Nations Population Fund. “They are doing amazing things to help disaster stricken areas,” Cuban explained via e-mail

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From-Innovation-to-Practice-Impact-Investing-Education-and-Training

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From-Innovation-to-Practice-Impact-Investing-Education-and-Training

“An increasing number of investors are interested in impact. But translating that interest into effective action is nowhere near as simple as some would think. Sound, evidence-based education is essential, both for sharing knowledge with new entrants and for deepening the contributions of those already active in the field,”

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This Startup Turns CO2 Into A Sustainable Replacement For Palm Oil

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This Startup Turns CO2 Into A Sustainable Replacement For Palm Oil

Kiverdi’s solution begins by recycling carbon dioxide. The goal is to supplement our existing agriculture processes with an innovative and complementary new type of “crop” using a special class of chemoautotrophic microbes. We call them nature’s Super-Charged Carbon Recyclers. Not only do they consume carbon dioxide, but they produce oils and proteins that can be used to produce the goods we use and consume everyday.

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The challenge: Can social impact investment serve the “bottom of the pyramid”?

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The challenge: Can social impact investment serve the “bottom of the pyramid”?

Improving secondary and post-secondary enrolment and education, and increasing entrepreneurial expertise in local markets and among diaspora, will allow talent to flourish. Social impact investors can speed up this process by taking the risks and investing in emerging intermediaries and entrepreneurs, recognising that while they are learning they will be developing experience and networks. A handful of successful cases can encourage others in the private sector to seek out and further develop untapped human capital.

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