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News & Analysis

VC OneVentures is ramping up its sustainability focus by benchmarking all its investments using ESG

- August 30, 2021 2 MIN READ

Venture capital investor OneVentures is sharpening its focus on ESG (environmental, social, governance) principles in the startups it invests in to drive change in the sector. Managing director Dr Michelle Deaker, said it’s time for Australian VC firms to align their investment strategies to responsible investment practices and recognise that where they put their moment… Read more »

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Insights

Giant Leap’s Small Steps: ‘Code Red for Humanity’ – startup opportunities from IPCC’s climate report

- August 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startup landscape. We’ll be sharing an edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight. Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and… Read more »

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Giant Leap’s Small Steps: A record-breaking year for impact VC

- August 5, 2021 2 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startups landscape. We’ll be sharing an edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight. Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and… Read more »

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Startup Daily TV: Save the Children’s Impact Investment Fund backs edutech startup Inquisitive

- July 27, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Aid agency Save the Children Australia has backed a second startup with its Impact Investment Fund, taking an equity stake in education company Inquisitive. Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds said the investment is an exciting opportunity to increase Inquisitive’s social impact for children in low socio-economic areas, especially rural and remote areas, and schools… Read more »

Funding

Alberts, the music publisher that launched an upstart band called AC/DC, now has a $16 million early stage impact investment fund

- June 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

Music publishing dynasty Alberts, which helped launch the careers of seminal Australian rock bands such as AC/DC, and the Easybeats, has launched a $16 million fund impact investment fund. Alberts Impact Ventures is looking to support the next generation of musicians alongside tackling pressing social issues such as mental health and sustainability. The fund has… Read more »

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Impact Investment Group launches $70 million ‘alternatives’ fund 

- September 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

Impact Investment Group (IIG) is on the hunt for $70 million from wholesale investors for a new fund targeting sustainable and socially conscious startup investments.  IIG CEO and co-fund manager Daniel Madhavan said the Impact Alternatives Fund will be a mix of investments, including renewable energy infrastructure such as solar farms, impact private equity, venture… Read more »

News & Analysis

Investment firm Impact has launched a new loan scheme for startups that rewrites the rules on ROI

- December 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

Return on investment means different things to different people, especially when in terms of outcomes, and Impact Investment Group (IIG) is rewriting the rules in terms of the success of its investments. IIG is best known to the startup sector for its VC investment arm, the Giant Leap Fund, launched in 2016. It’s an impact VC… Read more »

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Recruiter Xceptional, which finds tech jobs for people with autism, is funding its growth via Australian-first impact-linked lending

- November 25, 2019 2 MIN READ

Xceptional CEO and founder Mike Tozer. Photo: supplied If you watched the 2018 ABC TV series Employable Me as it followed people with neuro-diverse conditions such as autism and Tourette Syndrome looking for work, then you came across the Xceptional, an IT recruitment firm (that gave Tim a job). Founded by Mike Tozer as a… Read more »