Data Gathering Is Crucial to the Success and Survival of Opportunity Zones

“We won’t know how effective this policy is, beyond how many people got a tax break, without data.”

“Our members feel that in exchange for the tax advantage that OZ represents, the disclosure of data so we can ascertain the efficacy of the policy would be a fair trade,” said Fran Seegull, Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.

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Will Venture Capital Venture into Opportunity Zones?

“We have yet to see the same hype that overtook the real estate industry among venture capital types.”

The key challenge facing VC is that the parameters of the OZ program are not exactly aligned with traditional venture capital, which tends to be flexible and move quickly. Meanwhile, OZ was designed to reward patient capital, with benefits accruing at 5-, 7-, and 10-year milestones.

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We Believe In Opportunity Zones. Here’s Why You Should Too.

An appeal from Jim Sorenson, founder of the Sorenson Impact Center.

Two communities and two investors will be celebrated at the Sorenson Impact Center’s Winter Innovation Summit in February 2020, where short films chronicling the impact of each of their stories will premiere. Applications are open now until August 31.

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Consider Locating Your Startup in an “Opportunity Zone”

The OZ tax incentives could make your business more attractive to investors.

“A startup that locates its headquarters in an Opportunity Zone could satisfy the 50% gross income test regardless of whether its income is generated inside or outside of the Opportunity Zone,” the author writes.