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Morgan Stanley Selects 11 Startups for 5th Cohort of Multicultural Innovation Lab Supporting Diverse Founders

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  • Selected from over 700 applicants globally, the 2021 winter cohort startups include ABF Creative, Abode Technologies, Cognitive ToyBox, Elly Health, Fashion Bomb Daily Shop, Kanarys, Lillii RNB, SecondKeys, SupportPay, Virtual i Technologies, and Zirtue – companies with innovative strategies across sectors such as fintech, edtech, e-commerce, social networking, medtech, retail tech and enterprise software
  • Morgan Stanley is expanding the Lab in 2021 by adding a second summer cohort and will continue to leverage the Firm’s global reach, content and connections to accelerate the growth of these companies and address the funding gap for multicultural and women-led startups
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  • Selected from over 700 applicants globally, the 2021 winter cohort startups include ABF Creative, Abode Technologies, Cognitive ToyBox, Elly Health, Fashion Bomb Daily Shop, Kanarys, Lillii RNB, SecondKeys, SupportPay, Virtual i Technologies, and Zirtue – companies with innovative strategies across sectors such as fintech, edtech, e-commerce, social networking, medtech, retail tech and enterprise software
  • Morgan Stanley is expanding the Lab in 2021 by adding a second summer cohort and will continue to leverage the Firm’s global reach, content and connections to accelerate the growth of these companies and address the funding gap for multicultural and women-led startups

Shawn Springs: From Idea to Impact

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Carla speaks with entrepreneur and former NFL cornerback Shawn Springs, founder and CEO of Windpact, a company focusing on impact protection across industries, including sports, automotive, and the military applications.

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Carla speaks with entrepreneur and former NFL cornerback Shawn Springs, founder and CEO of Windpact, a company focusing on impact protection across industries, including sports, automotive, and the military applications.

New Lessons for Remote Education

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Students and teachers were forced to adapt to online learning this past year. The pivot gave them a chance to rethink how we teach - and how we learn.

Education was one of the pandemic’s first casualties. When schools closed overnight, students and teachers switched to virtual classrooms—a massive social experiment that hasn’t been easy on anyone. But it also revealed opportunities to rethink the ways in which we teach and what is most valuable in education.

Bonds Help Nonprofits Tackle Coronavirus Relief and Social Inequity

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In a move that could change philanthropy, foundations are asking investors to finance grant-making to nonprofits, which are essential to a post-pandemic recovery and more equitable future.

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In a move that could change philanthropy, foundations are asking investors to finance grant-making to nonprofits, which are essential to a post-pandemic recovery and more equitable future.

4 Steps to Sustainable Investing

These four steps can guide a dynamic sustainable investing strategy for the long term.
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For institutional asset owners, the case for incorporating sustainable investing into portfolio management is only getting stronger. As the wide-ranging implications of sustainability issues, such as public health, climate change and social justice, become more apparent, so too have they become essential to effectively assessing investment risks and opportunities.

Turning Intention Into Action

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VCs are taking important initial steps to implement changes around increasing diversity and are discussing ways to make additional changes that will help close the funding gap.

Shifting Attitudes and the Impact of Racial Injustice Conversations

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This year, more VC firms assigned greater value to the investment opportunity that multicultural-founded companies present, and say that they are more likely to invest in multicultural- and women-founded companies in the coming year.

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This year, more VC firms assigned greater value to the investment opportunity that multicultural-founded companies present, and say that they are more likely to invest in multicultural- and women-founded companies in the coming year.

Laurel Street Receives Equity Investment From TruFund's Impact Developers Fund to Accelerate Growth

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NEW YORK, January 28, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- TruFund Financial Services ("TruFund"), a Community Development Financial Institution located in New York City announced that it has made an equity investment in Charlotte, North Carolina-based Laurel Street Residential, LLC, a minority- and women-owned real estate development company. Led by President and CEO Dionne Nelson, the mixed-income housing development firm focuses on providing affordable housing opportunities throughout its footprint, with a significant presence in North Carolina.

SRI and ESG Investors on Advocacy and Shareholder Engagement

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From 2018 through the first half of 2020, according the the US SIF on Trends Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends, 149 institutional investors and 56 investment managers collectively controlling nearly $2.0 trillion in assets at the start of 2020 filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues. 

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Ana Flores: Power Through Community
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Carla speaks with media entrepreneur Ana Flores, founder and CEO of #WeAllGrow Latina Network, a community that has elevated the voices and stories of Latinas for the past 10 years.

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