Democracy Brewing is a start-up worker-owned brewery and pub committed to providing great beer and hosting community conversations about democratic ideals of liberty, justice and equal opportunity. As a cooperative, the business creates the opportunity for all its workers to enjoy the profit and pride that comes with ownership. The Brewery will open its doors at […]
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DoneGood, a certified B Corp, is an app and browser extension that harnesses consumer purchasing as a force for change, helping consumers discover vetted companies with ethical practices across eight categories: Go Green, Give Back, Support Workers, Nontoxic, Made in USA, Cruelty Free, Organic, and Diversity. BII Fund made a convertible debt investment to support the platform […]
The Fields Corner Collaborative (BII is a member) is seeking a local business owned and/or operated by woman or person of color to occupy a prime retail space at 1452 Dorchester Avenue in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester. The award includes: up to 40 hours of pre- and post-launch business coaching; 6 months free rent […]
What would it look like to take back our economy? To put ordinary folks in control of the goods and services they wish to produce and consume? To keep knowledge and capital circulating within the neighborhood rather than draining out to multinational corporations? If that’s a vision you believe in, then join the Boston Impact […]
WeSpire is an employee engagement platform that supports large organizations to design, deliver and measure the benefits of positive impact programs like sustainability, corporate social responsibility and well-being initiatives. BII Fund made a convertible preferred investment in the platform to ensure that its diversity/inclusion module has the quality of content and influence that can transform the way […]
88 Acres is an artisan food enterprise that produces healthy snacks free of the top eight food allergens. Their manufacturing center, located at the Pearl facility in Dorchester, generates more than a dozen good jobs for the local community. BII Fund made a convertible debt investment to provide growth capital for expansion throughout the New England […]
For the fourth year in a row, the Boston Impact Initiative is partnering with Fields Corner Business Lab to sponsor a local business that will receive free space and executive coaching. This year, the Boston Ujima Project is joining the partnership to create a participatory process for selecting the winners. We are currently seeking applications […]
We’re happy to announce that we’ve just made our second investment in Sunwealth, a pioneering clean energy investment firm based in Boston. After investing in Sunwealth’s Boston Interfaith Solar Project earlier this year, we’ve now invested in a fund that aggregates low-income homeowners and anchor non-profits in economically distressed neighborhoods, allowing these communities to gain […]
The Next Economy Now podcast interviews Boston Impact Initiative founding partner Deborah Frieze about how to create healthy, resilient and inclusive communities by redistributing wealth from where it’s been accumulated to where it’s been extracted from.
The Impact Terms Project was created to encourage the growth of impact investing around the world by helping people learn from and build on the experience of pioneers in the field. Their ambition is to make ITP a library of real-world knowledge and expertise on structuring impact investments and enterprises.