Sit-down with Goldman Sachs' Hugh Lawson and Temasek's 'ABC World Asia' Impact Funders


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Agents of Impact features news on companies that are seeking to contribute to the greater good and for funds to invest in companies that seek to do good.

These are investments made into organizations, companies and funds with the intention to create a measurable, beneficially social or environmental impact along with sustainable financial returns.

Hugh Lawson, the head of ESG and impact investing at Goldman Sachs now manages a $21 billion client pool of money invested explicitly with environmental, social and governance, or impact objectives.

MoneySingapore's Temasek's new impact fund, called ABC World Asia, helps to "bridge the gap in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals" as it focuses on sustainable long term returns.

London-based tech investor MMC Ventures and social enterprise lender FSE Group will receive a hefty £100 million from London's Mayor's office to cultivate entrepreneurship in the city.

Victor Huang of Kauffman Foundation shared a post about the foundation's recent report on removing barriers to access to capital for entrepreneurs. He asked his Twitter followers, "What's your biggest idea to help expand capital access for entrepreneurs?" Entrepreneurs and investors replied to his post with answers that include: inclusive fund incubator, overcoming bias, more data-driven models, social capital, and business networks. Read the Entire Article


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