SOURCE: Gate Technologies

August 29, 2013 08:00 ET

GATE Global Impact Partners With Indigo Group to Provide Low-Cost, High-Speed Internet Access to the Developing World

Groundbreaking Project "ImpactWIFI" Will Bring the Opportunity of the Web to Rural Areas in Africa to Increase Connectivity and Prosperity

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 29, 2013) - GATE Global Impact (GGI) (www.gateimpact.com), the leading impact investment technology platform, announced today that the organization is partnering with Indigo Group Limited, a satellite-based telecommunications provider in Africa, to raise funds for a new project to provide low-cost internet access to several African countries, beginning with Kenya. Together, GGI and Indigo will drive impact investment capital for wireless Internet via the joint venture "Gate Impact Partners," (GIP) with the goal of providing ImpactWIFI -- high-speed wireless internet -- to rural areas of Africa.

The partnership announcement builds upon GGI's recent announcement of its GATEtrip (Tourism Responsible Investment Platform) initiative with Greenearth, an international network connecting destinations, companies and universities from around the world. ImpactWIFI will increase connectivity for the vital tourism sector by driving impact investment and supporting community-based visitor related projects and services.

"Impact investing has emerged in recent years as a way to promote and fund both social and environmental projects with the possibility to generate financial returns while effecting positive change. ImpactWIFI utilizes unused TV band spectrum to provide low-cost internet access rural areas. This initiative will help close the digital divide in the developing world -- starting in Africa," said Vincent Molinari, CEO of GATE Global Impact. "This type of project is poised to take off as governments continue to open up their economies and seek alternative investment capital. Crowdfunding, especially the securities-based method, will profoundly alter how entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital, and that is the paradigm we are building our project upon."

This initiative creates opportunities for employment, education and healthcare that will positively impact millions of lives. Through deploying solar-powered base stations and utilizing unused TV band spectrum, ImpactWIFI will bring the opportunities of the Web to some of the most rural areas in Africa. 'Mawingu', Kiswahili for cloud, is the name of the first deployment of ImpactWIFI in Kenya. The GIP initiative will be powered by GATE Impact's GATEWAY Platform, a robust, regulatory compliant electronic end-to-end solution for buyers and sellers of impact investments. 
"The funding of ImpactWIFI projects around the world will have a massive effect on people's lives. The fund is designed to provide a return to investors, thereby making this a long-term, sustainable model that benefits all. We are excited by the opportunity to provide such meaningful change to so many," said Pete Henderson, Chairman of Gate Impact Partners. 

For more on Mawingu visit www.mawingu.org or contact phenderson@indigotelecom.com

For more on GATE Global Impact visit www.gateimpact.com or contact info@gateimpact.com

About GATE Global Impact, Inc.

GATE Global Impact, Inc. is an impact investing-focused electronic regulatory-compliant marketplace that provides market infrastructure and related services for the emerging Impact Investment industry -- public and private investments with a sustainable social and/or environmental component that also may generate a healthy rate of financial return. All securities are offered through GATE US LLC, a New York-based broker-dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

More information: www.gateimpact.com & www.gateus.com 

About Gate Impact Partners (GIP)

GIP is securing funds to include in an ImpactWIFI fund that will make investments around the world. In each country that an investment is made, the Gate Global Impact platform will be deployed through GIP to power local trading opportunities on the platform.

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