Former Fellow, Mario Ferro giving a presentation on Wedu Fund.

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Wedu – the adventure continues

A few months ago Mario Ferro wrote a blog post about the new adventure he embarked on shortly after his Acumen Global Fellowship in 2011. He described the challenges he faced as an entrepreneur starting up Wedu and the inspiration he found through a community of energetic change-agents eager to support Wedu’s mission of empowering women in the developing world through higher education and mentorship.

Former Fellow, Mario Ferro giving a presentation on Wedu Fund.

In November 2012, I got the opportunity to learn first-hand about Wedu and the goals Mario has set for this growing company while attending Acumen’s Investor Gathering as a Chapter Leader for VANCOUVER+acumen. Now, three months after that initial meeting, I find myself in Bangkok in the role of Mentorship Development Manager for Wedu.

I am excited to share that our Mentorship Program will launch within the month!

We are also excited to share and celebrate some recent accomplishments:

1.) Wedu has been nominated for the Global Solutions Award at the Women Deliver Conference taking place in Kuala Lumpur in May.  We are one of 25 teams competing for the Top 10 spots that will pitch at the conference in May.

To support Wedu in receiving the award you can vote on the Women Deliver webpage here or on their Facebook page here. Voting closes on March 6th.

2.) We are excited to be presenting at the regional finals of the GSVC South East Asia business plan competition. Previous winners have been Acumen investees Husk Power Systems and d.light.

The video portion competition is currently underway on Facebook.You can watch Wedu’s video on the GSVC Facebook Page, and if you like it, please click “like” on this page – the most “liked” video wins this portion of the competition.

3.) We have been announced as a semi-finalist in the Echoing Green Fellowship.

Wedu is grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received so far. A particular thanks goes to the CHICAGO+Acumen chapter for helping to grow our community, and for their support in our current competitions.

I’m truly excited to be a part of the growth of Wedu and can’t wait to share more!


Marica Rizzo is the Mentorship Development Manager at Wedu Fund.


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How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of East Africa Fellows. APPLY TODAY! [Read More]

Imagining the world as it could be

Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! [Read More]

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Meet Manjushree Patil, Founder of Aatman Academy

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No, not silence again!

The Acumen Fellowship’s Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) training is notorious for digging deep, breaking Fellows down to reveal their deepest fears, identifying the sources of resilience that will fuel them with the tenacity to continue along the path to social change. Kahabi G. Isangula is an East Africa Regional Fellow living in Tanzania and recently participated in our CLA training. Get an idea of what it is like, below!  [Read More]

Announcing the Class of 2015 Acumen Global Fellows

Acumen Global Fellows are architects for the impact sector. They are innovators, game changers, visionaries, with various professional experiences looking to make substantial change in the world. They have thrived in companies such as Google; they have started their own companies in Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia.  They are choosing the challenge of working alongside our portfolio companies and immersing themselves in a rigorous leadership training. [Read More]