Acorns

Brava

C3 IoT

Cellulant

CFPA

CLEAResult

Dharma Platform (Dharma)

DigitalHouse

Dodla Dairy

DreamBox

Du Xiaoman

EverFi

Fourth Partner Energy

Lead School

Mines.io

RefleXion

Renaissance Learning

Varo Money

Viewpoint Therapeutics

Wilderness Holdings Ltd.

Acorns

This is micro investing

Acorns uses a proprietary micro investing platform to make saving and investing simple and accessible. The company directly addresses the fact that more than 40% of Americans have less than $400 in savings, which substantially limits their ability to cope with adverse life events such as medical emergencies or employment shocks. The mission-driven savings product is a clever tool that meaningfully impacts the savings crisis by using an innovative “gamified” model to train positive behavior and provide financial education.
Sector
Financial Services

Brava

Heating up the 'smart kitchen' with pure light cooking

Brava is an innovative consumer appliance and technology start-up developing a “smart oven” with transformational potential. The Brava oven’s cooking approach results in zero pre-heat time, faster cooking time, the ability to cook different food types simultaneously, and a 90% reduction in energy use compared with traditional ovens. The Rise team worked with Brava to think through an emerging market application, including an initial prototype, which could have enormous potential to displace the harmful open-flame cooking practices otherwise used by almost 3 billion people, mostly in Asia and Africa.
Sector
Energy

C3 IoT

The proven digital transformation platform

C3 IoT is a data aggregation and analytics platform focused on Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Founded and led by Tom Siebel, C3 IoT has documented the impact this kind of technological application can create on both the energy and healthcare sectors. For energy utilities, the company can reduce the cost of operations, increase reliability, harden cybersecurity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through AI machine-learning algorithms. Through the same processes, C3 IOT’s platform can be applied to the healthcare sector to improve detections and intervention for diseases.
Sector
Technology

Cellulant

Homegrown digital payments technology for Africa

Cellulant is a leading African payments company on a mission to ease access to financial services for Africans.. More than two thirds of Africans don’t have access to the formal banking system, and instead rely on an informal network to get loans and to save. This dramatically reduces their ability to plan for the future and to absorb financial shocks. Cellulant’s wide range of products help expand financial inclusion and access. Operating across 8 African countries, Cellulant’s technology connects more than 7 million farmers across the continent with an easy-to-use payments portal, allowing them to receive fertilizer subsidies and increasing their productivity through Cellulant’s mobile blockchain-based platform.
Sector
Financial Services

CFPA

Microfinance

Nearly 500 million people across rural China are not served by traditional banking systems nor non-bank institutions. By bringing these individuals into the formal financial sector we have the ability to have considerable positive impact on their, and their families, lives. CFPA engages in the management and development of microfinance for poverty alleviation applications. It offers microfinance services to poverty-stricken populations in rural areas. As the majority of CFPA’s customers take out agricultural loans, and Chinese farmers with access to credit can see productivity on their farms rise more than 75%. Given that the vast majority of CFPAs customers come from China’s poorest communities, the impact of these micro loans can be transformative.
Sector
Financial Services

CLEAResult

Changing the way people use energy

CLEAResult is the leading provider of energy efficiency services in North America, tasked with turning energy challenges into energy solutions. CLEAResult is a mission-driven business that aims to reduce load requirements for utilities, cut energy costs for end users, and minimize environmental burdens through efficiency programs and products that manage energy use. The company is well positioned to deliver cost-effective energy efficiency programs and help utilities transition to a more dynamic future energy system. Based on our impact underwriting, CLEAResult will help avert more than 22 million metric tons of atmospheric carbon over the lifetime of our investment.
Sector
Energy

Dharma Platform (Dharma)

Good data is for everyone.

Dharma Platform, Inc. is based on the idea that working with data shouldn’t be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. Originally developed during the Ebola crisis to meet the overwhelming need for accurate, mobile-enabled data and real-time analytics among humanitarian organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Dharma empowers organizations to aggregate, analyze, and visualize data to conduct insight-driven analytics that enable superior decision-making.
Sector
Technology

DigitalHouse

Preparing students for a digital economy

Digital House is educating the next generation of Latin American professionals, offering learners of all ages technical coding and digital skills necessary to succeed in the region’s rapidly expanding technology and innovation sector. Originally started with 60 students in 2016, it now has more than 8,000 across campuses in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, helping students learn coding, business development, marketing and the other crucial skills needed to compete for well-paying job.
Sector
Education

Dodla Dairy

Reliable income for farmers

A fresh dairy product company that reliably buys more than 1 million litres of fresh milk every day from 250,000 farmers across 7,000 villages, connecting them with larger markets, helping them secure financing to invest in production capabilities, providing access to inputs that improve agricultural yields, and ultimately increasing household incomes.
Sector
Agriculture and Food

DreamBox

Educating excellence

The promise of educational technology has always been that it could deliver personalized and adaptive instruction at scale, and now DreamBox is delivering on that promise. DreamBox’s positive learning outcomes are supported by the gold standard of evidence in educational research. Recently, a confluence of policy and technology trends has created the right environment for a best-in-class company like DreamBox to drive significant market penetration. DreamBox provides students the opportunity to receive high-quality learning tools, regardless of their background.
Sector
Education

Du Xiaoman

It’s time for everyone to access the financial sector.

Financial inclusion is a major challenge in China, and Du Xiaoman has a long history of working to create solutions. Du Xiaoman, the Baidu spinoff, will focus on artificial intelligence, develop new financial-technology platforms and to expand the unit’s presence in China’s financial ecosystem.

They have pledged to add more than 10 million new users by 2020. Du Xiaoman's ability to reach millions of unbanked users offers a tremendous opportunity for impact by bringing them into the formal banking sector, and that impact will increase as the company grows.
Sector
Financial Services

EverFi

Providing training to million of students

A digital education SaaS platform that provides training to millions of students each year at K-12 schools, universities, corporations, sports teams, and non-profits on critical subjects such as sexual violence prevention, alcohol responsibility, and financial literacy.
Sector
Education

Fourth Partner Energy

Partnering for sustainable change

With the advent of solar power, India’s energy sector is changing at an unprecedented pace. Fourth Partner is one of India’s leading providers of distributed solar, with more than 1,500 installations in 22 states around the country and a roster of industrial and commercial clients that represent some of the world’s biggest companies. Fourth Partner’s installations are expected to avert more than 16 million tons of atmospheric carbon. Fourth Partner also helps reduce the need for coal and diesel power, reducing harmful emissions and water waste. These outcomes, combined with the potential for distributed solar to significantly cut energy costs, make Fourth Partner a potent driver of environmental and economic impact.
Sector
Energy

Lead School

Bringing unique school solutions to India

A “school in a box” solution that empowers affordable private schools in India to improve learning outcomes for students in underserved communities.
Sector
Education

Mines.io

Digital credit for everyone

Mines.io is a digital Credit-as-a-Service platform for domestic banks, mobile operators, retailers, and payment processors. The company has a strong commitment to sustainable impact, which it defines as a profitable business model combined with deep respect for the complexity and nuance of local cultures around the world and a focus on both macro and micro economic outcomes. Through a combination of artificial intelligence, extensive use of data, and focus on local partnerships, Mines.io directs energy and expertise toward solving one of the great social equality challenges of our time: access to finance.
Sector
Financial Services

RefleXion

Finding new ways to treat cancer

RefleXion is positioned to significantly improve the way cancer patients receive radiation treatment. The company’s first-of-its-kind technology, a biology-guided radiotherapy system (BgRT), is a revolutionary therapy that can deliver treatment with unprecedented precision. This technology, if successfully developed, could increase five-year survival rates for metastatic cancer patients. In addition, radiotherapy can often be limited by shortages of qualified radiotherapists, particularly in developing countries. RefleXion's technology holds the potential for significant automation, which could bring effective, accessible treatment to new markets.
Sector
Healthcare

Renaissance Learning

Linking assessment and instruction

Renaissance provides subscription-based education technology services to schools across the United States, offering personalized instruction and assessment tools as part of a suite of products focused on math and reading. Renaissance links individual assessment to instruction that boosts student achievement. Research has shown that the benefits to a student who uses Renaissance products are equivalent to spending more time in class each year, and those benefits add up over time.
Sector
Education

Varo Money

The future of banking is mobile

Varo Money is a mobile-first platform on its way to becoming the first all-digital bank in the US with a national bank charter. The company is led by a mission-focused team and social impact is embedded in the company’s founding principles and business model. Varo’s mobile-first structure, with no physical branches, keeps costs low and allows Varo to operate without requiring monthly minimum balances or overdraft fees. The company has received preliminary approval from the US government for a bank charter, which will provide the highest standards of consumer protection and allow the company to offer a broad array of integrated products nationwide, including CDs, IRAs, credit cards, and home equity loans.
Sector
Financial Services

Viewpoint Therapeutics

Investing in a new viewpoint

ViewPoint Therapeutics is a biotechnology company dedicated to the development of treatments for diseases of protein misfolding, including cataracts and presbyopia. The potential impact of this project is enormous. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, with the vast majority of people affected – 10.4 million – living in developing countries, where impaired vision can have drastic financial and medical implications. Viewpoint Therapeutics is developing non-surgical therapy that could revolutionize the treatment of visual impairment and blindness.
Sector
Healthcare

Wilderness Holdings Ltd.

Protecting millions of acres of African wilderness

Known for its once-in-a-lifetime safari experiences, Wilderness was founded in Botswana in 1983 with the goal of introducing visitors to the country’s natural beauty while protecting the environment and providing local jobs. Today, the company has more than six million acres of land under its stewardship and provides an economic support system for the communities where it operates, creating durable, well-paying jobs for roughly 2,600 people from more than 20 different ethnic groups and supporting local farming and infrastructure.
Sector
Infrastructure